Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins


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Which of the following statements about scapegoat theory is FALSE?

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1. Bert worries about losing his status in the company when he notices his female colleagues getting promoted. As a result, he feels justified in making sexist statements about women. This is an example of _____.

2. Charlotte strongly believes that Americans are better than people from other countries. Her rigid thinking is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Prejudice is a common cultural problem, and there are many theories that seek to understand where prejudices arise. This quiz and worksheet require you to differentiate between the theories and understand motivating factors behind each.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, students will be tested on the following definitions:

  • Cultural transmission theory
  • Scapegoat theory
  • Authoritarian personality
  • Social identity theory
  • Conflict theory

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding cultural norms and prejudice
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as scapegoat theory and authoritarian personality
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the pursuit of possessions, power, and status to answer questions related to prejudice

Additional Learning

To study more about the background of prejudice, view the lesson Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition of prejudice and its effect on groups of people
  • Theodor Adorno's experience in Nazi Germany and subsequent beliefs about prejudice
  • Difference between in-groups and out-groups