Marx on Alienation: Definition & Concept


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What is the term used to describe a person who feels isolated from his or her own culture or is prevented from participating in society?

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1. What term did Marx use to describe a person's autonomy and ability to control his or her own destiny?

2. By contributing through the process of creation and maintaining a connection to their human nature, Marx believed that people could achieve what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Karl Marx has many theories on the effects of alienation on individuals. This combination quiz and worksheet will check your knowledge of these theories. You will be asked questions about what people can achieve through the process of creation and how workers are treated when they are separated from the purpose of the work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will ask you to identify the terms associated with the following descriptions:

  • A person who feels isolated from their own culture
  • Created when workers are objectified, alienated, and placed in direct competition with each other
  • A person's autonomy and ability to control their own destiny

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related analysis of Karl Marx's views on alienation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what people can achieve when they create and maintain a connection with human nature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about alienation of workers

Additional Learning

To study more about this philosopher's theories, read the lesson titled Marx on Alienation: Definition & Concept. The following objectives are covered:

  • Review how humans distinguish themselves from animals according to Marx
  • Explore his view on what happens to lower social classes when workers are alienated
  • Identify other names for a person who is alienated