Matrilineal & Patrilineal Descent Systems


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Which of these is an example of unilineal descent?

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1. Anthropologically speaking, a clan is

2. What is defined as a system of descent in which an individual's kin membership is traced through women?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Matrilineal and patrilineal descent, as terms, refer to the two types of unilineal descent, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you grasp these concepts. The questions on the quiz will test you on the types of descent and the meaning of a clan.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Unilineal descent
  • System of descent that can be traced through females
  • Descent system that comes through the males of the clan
  • The definition of a clan
  • Identifying how matrilineal or patrilineal descent dictates the clan to which a person belongs

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on descent from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about family lineage in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as matrilineal and patrilineal descent
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the two different types of descent

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on matrilineal and patrilineal descent. This lesson can help you:

  • Define unilineal descent
  • Define and differentiate between matrilineal and patrilineal descent
  • Understand how the types of descent dictate the clan to which a given person belongs