Descent Systems: Matrilineal, Patrilineal, Unilateral & Bilateral


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What is a matrilineal system?

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1. Which of these is generally true of a patrilineal system?

2. What are patrilineal and matrilineal descent systems both examples of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Throughout time, people have traced their lineage through their fathers, mothers, or both. This quiz and worksheet combination will test your knowledge of these descent systems by asking questions pertaining to each.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • The patrilineal system
  • Bilateral descent
  • A commonality between patrilineal and matrilineal
  • The matrilineal system

Skills Practiced

Be prepared to practice numerous study skills, including:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on types of descent systems
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as patrilineal and matrilineal systems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what patrilineal and matrilineal systems exemplify
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the best type of descent system

Additional Learning

Review the related lesson, Descent Systems: Matrilineal, Patrilineal, Unilateral & Bilateral, to learn more about this topic. This lesson will address the following objectives:

  • Understand the patrilineal descent system
  • Identify ancient cultures that were patrilineal
  • Review the concept of a matrilineal system of descent
  • Address the Native American usage of matrilineal descent
  • Compare and contrast unilateral and bilateral systems