The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview


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In a certain population, there is little access to birth control and health care. The lack of birth control means high fertility rates and the lack of health care means high mortality rates. This population would best be described as being in what stage of demographic transition?

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1. What would you predict to happen to the overall size of a population if the birth rate is lower than the death rate?

2. A population has recently become much more urbanized and has moved from a mainly agricultural to industrial society. With this change, what would you predict will happen to the fertility rate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet combo, you will be tested on demographic transition and how it affects populations all over the world. Additional topics to know for the quiz include the stages of demographic transition and the term for the statistical study of human populations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be tested on the following:

  • How the birth and death rates affect population size
  • What impact the urbanization of a population has on the fertility rate
  • What stage of demographic transition specific societies can be placed in

Skills Practiced

In addition, you will also practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the theory of demographic transition
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the fertility rate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the stages of demographic transition

Additional Learning

To learn more about demographic transition, refer to the lesson on The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview. This lesson covers these objectives:

  • Learn about the statistical study of human populations
  • Identify different demographic terms used to describe population changes
  • Distinguish between stages of the theory of demographic transition