Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism - Quiz & Worksheet


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In the _____ culture of the U.S., teen pregnancies would not exist. However, many teenagers engage in sexual intercourse despite education programs advocating celibacy.

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1. Smalltown University claims to have the most honest students in the country. However, the number of students caught cheating and plagiarizing is about average. The students' behavior illustrates the university's _____.

2. Why is it important to rid ourselves of ethnocentric beliefs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet set gauge your understanding of the perceptions of culture and cultural relativism. You'll need to know several key terms associated with this topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Term for judging another culture by the standards of your own
  • Concept of defining wrong and right through culture
  • Examples of different types of cultural perceptions

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the cultural perception described in a real-world scenario
  • Interpreting information - verify you can review information regarding cultural perceptions and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sociology lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about cultural perceptions, review the corresponding lesson titled Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism & Cultural Relativism. This lesson will help you:

  • Define ideal culture
  • Identify what real culture means and its relationship to ideal culture
  • Describe how ethnocentrism leads to the idealization of one's own culture
  • Know the goal of cultural relativism and its benefits