Materialism & Material Culture: Definitions & Examples


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Which of the following best describes a materialistic philosophy?

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1. A person who wants to own a big house and many cars because it will raise their social status is driven by which of the following?

2. Which of the following is an example of a person buying something based on intrinsic motivation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Materialism is a phenomenon seen in multiple cultures and societies. The quiz asks you questions about the ideas and motivations behind materialism and material culture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the quiz you will:

  • Choose a statement that best describes a materialistic philosophy
  • Select an example of a purchase decision based on intrinsic motivation
  • Pick the category that comprises all objects and material goods

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - be able to name the field of study that is particularly impacted by material culture
  • Reading comprehension - identify the motivation type that compels people to make purchasing decisions based on social status
  • Defining key concepts - properly describe a materialistic philosophy

Additional Learning

If you would like to know more about materialism, view the lesson entitled Materialism & Material Culture: Definitions & Examples. The lesson is centered on these objectives:

  • Understand the relationship between materialism and happiness
  • Use examples to see differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • See how materialism impacts the studies of ancient cultures