Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominance Hierarchies, & Territoriality


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Which of the following is NOT considered a social behavior in animals?

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1. Why are agonistic behaviors rarely 'real' fights?

2. Which of the following is the highest ranking individual in a dominance hierarchy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of social behavior in animals. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the test include examples of social behavior and the name for the highest ranking animal in a dominance hierarchy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will quiz you on the following:

  • Examples of social behavior
  • Why agonistic behaviors are rarely 'real' fights
  • The term for the highest ranked animal in a dominance hierarchy
  • How often dominance hierarchies change
  • Facts about social behaviors

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - understand the concept of social behavior in animals
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about animal behavior in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as dominance hierarchy and agonistic behavior
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding social behavior

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of animal behavior, review the corresponding lesson on Social Behavior in Animals. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about what constitutes social behavior in animals
  • Discuss territorial behavior
  • Understand agonistic behavior
  • Learn about dominance hierarchies