American Class System and Structure: Definitions & Types of Social Classes


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Vanna was born into an old money family and lives off a generous trust fund. She spends much of her time working with charity organizations and attending social events. Vanna is a member of which social class?

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1. Bart has struggled to find a good job, which would help get his family of five off government assistance and out of their dilapidated apartment building. Instead, Bart works a minimum wage job as an unskilled worker. Bart is part of which social class?

2. Members of the _____ tend to have a low educational level, are not highly skilled, and work minimum-wage jobs.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The social class system in America consists of various factors, and this quiz and worksheet combination can help you to analyze your understanding of each element. Some of the concepts that you'll be tested on include income, wealth, and social classes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will quiz you on the following information:

  • The different social classes in America
  • The definition of income
  • The subcategories of social classes in America
  • The definition of wealth

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on social classes in America
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding wealth and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as upper class and middle class
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as income and wealth

Additional Learning

To learn more about the class system in the U.S., read the accompanying lesson on Types of Social Classes in America. The following objectives are included in this lesson:

  • Define social stratification
  • Understand the class system in America
  • Understand what it means for a person to be a part of the upper class, middle class, or lower class
  • Know and understand the different levels of each social class
  • Define income and wealth