William Sheldon's Body Type Theory


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Which body type did William Sheldon associate with delinquent behavior?

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1. How does Sheldon's body type theory work?

2. Which body type can be characterized by a round body and jovial personality?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

There are specific terms used to describe different body types. This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the origin of the theory, why it came about, its application and its validity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be questioned on the following:

  • The scientist who developed the body type theory
  • Description of a mesomorph
  • What a certain body type was meant to indicate
  • The type of body characterized as jolly
  • How the theory was received

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the theory of body types
  • Making connections - use understanding of categorizing people by way of their body types
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different body types

Additional Learning

To learn more about categorizing people by virtue of their physical appearance, review the accompanying lesson called William Sheldon's Body Type Theory. The lesson covers the following topics:

  • Discuss William Sheldon's intended purpose in the development of his theory
  • Identify the type the theory concludes is most likely to be a criminal
  • Explain why the overall theory is flawed