Social Class in Early China: Aristocrat, Farmer, Craftsman & Merchant


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Which position of importance did the emperor hold in the Chinese class system?

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1. Which of the following classes was often sent to schools to take up positions in the government bureaucracy?

2. Which of the following classes was the least revered in ancient Chinese society?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on social classes in early China. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the emperor's position in the social structure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review various social classes, including:

  • Merchants
  • Aristocrats
  • Farmers

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on social classes in early China
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding women's freedom in the social classes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the portrayal of merchants in ancient Chinese culture

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson entitled, Social Class in Early China: Aristocrat, Farmer, Craftsman & Merchant. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the origins of the social structure and the emperor's place in it
  • Recognize the characteristics of the upper social classes of aristocrats and farmers
  • Understand the role of merchants and artisans in early Chinese culture