Malthusian Theory of Population Growth: Definition & Overview


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Thomas Robert Malthus's most influential writing was titled _______.

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1. According to Malthus, population growth occurs _______, which means that the population increases according to its birth rate.

2. Positive checks on population growth can include:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz is a combination of fill-in-the-blank and complete-the-sentence style questions. These questions will mainly present you with a definition of a term. You will then select the correct term from the choices provided. Some questions will test you on the history of Malthus's theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessment will test you on the following terms, people, and concepts:

  • Thomas Malthus's most influential writing
  • Rate of population growth
  • Positive checks
  • Moral restraint
  • Neo-Malthusianism

Skills Practiced

The quiz will help you practice these skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of population growth
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Thomas Malthus and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as population growth and moral restraint
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Neo-Malthusianism

Additional Learning

Once you have finished the quiz, head over to the corresponding lesson titled Malthusian Theory of Population Growth: Definition & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Detail the life and times of Thomas Malthus
  • Explore the meaning of preventive checks
  • Relate preventive checks to moral restraint and positive checks
  • Understand Malthusian catastrophes