Poverty in the United States: Definitions of Relative & Absolute Poverty

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Emmett, a former sales manager at a large company, recently lost his job. Although his family can still pay their bills and afford food, they can no longer afford the lifestyle to which they are accustomed. Compared to their friends and neighbors, they have much less money. This is an example of _____.

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1. Which of the following statements is an example of absolute poverty?

2. The proportion of families living in poverty that are headed by women has grown to more than fifty percent. This is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo is designed to test your understanding of relative and absolute poverty. Additional topics to know for the quiz include the age and ethnic groups most likely to live in poverty.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet, you will be assessed on your understanding of:

  • The difference between absolute and relative poverty
  • Populations that are more likely to experience poverty
  • Percentage of women within the nation's poor

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as relative poverty and absolute poverty
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as relative poverty and absolute poverty
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which groups of people are more likely to live in poverty

Additional Learning

To learn more about poverty, refer to the lesson Poverty in the United States: Definitions of Relative & Absolute Poverty. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the concept of poverty
  • Learn about relative and absolute poverty
  • Identify which categories of people are more likely to live in poverty
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