Puritan Work Ethic: Definition & Overview


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The Puritan work ethic is also called ____________.

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1. The Puritan work ethic is rooted in which theology?

2. According to Max Weber, what did the Puritan work ethic lead to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The concept of a Puritan work ethic has deep theological and sociological connotations. The practice questions on this quiz/worksheet combo test you on your understanding of the development of this important American cultural ideal.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on this quiz and worksheet refer to the Puritan work ethic and its:

  • Theological roots
  • Alternate name
  • Relation to other leading views

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - link your understanding of the Puritan work ethic with Karl Marx's theories
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define Puritan work ethic
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Max Weber's background and contribution to this American value

Additional Learning

The lesson called Puritan Work Ethic: Definition & Overview will provide you with more information on this American ideal. Review the lesson and you will:

  • Understand the influence of important thinkers like Martin Luther on the concept
  • Analyze the historical setting where the concept developed
  • Recognize the connection between the idea of a Puritan work ethic and American capitalist and individualist ideals