What Is Polygamy? - Definition & History


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What is polygamy?

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1. What is the most common form of polygamy in recorded history?

2. What specific society was known for its men marrying women and continuing to have other sexual relationships, often with adolescent males?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of the history of polygamy. You will be quizzed on the origin of the term and its role through history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Check how well you can answer questions on the following:

  • Definition of polygamy
  • Most common form of polygamy in history
  • Ancient societies and their differing versions of polygamy
  • Polygamy in the modern world

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 the history of polygamy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the evolution of polygamy through the ages
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about polygamy in contemporary societies

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled What Is Polygamy? - Definition & History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the origin of the term polygamy
  • Differentiate between polygyny and polyandry
  • Recognize how polygamy was practiced in various parts of the world
  • Understand the various forms of polygamy in history
  • Identify current views and laws regarding polygamy