The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Summary & Overview


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As one of sociology's founding texts, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism was written by whom?

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1. According to the book, to which religion does Weber primarily associate 'the Protestant ethic'?

2. Although it covers many areas of society and religious belief, whose work does Weber use extensively as the foundation of his thesis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet explores the concepts found within ''The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism''. In the following quiz, you will be asked to identify the author of the text and answer questions regarding the development of his theory of capitalism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz on ''The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism'' requires knowledge of:

  • Religious group associated with 'the Protestant ethic'
  • The historical figure that influenced the author's theory
  • How Calvinists viewed capitalism
  • The relationship of religion and capitalism

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about capitalism in a different light
  • Making connections - use understanding of ''The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism'' to identify key figures associated with the essay collection
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the author's theory of capitalism

Additional Learning

To learn more about this famous text, see the lesson called ''The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism'': Summary & Overview. This lesson provides more information on:

  • How the Protestant Reformation relates to the author's theory
  • Religious responses to capitalism
  • The evolution of capitalism