Unilateral vs. Bilateral Descent: Definition & Variations


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What is defined as the tracing of kinship through both parents' ancestral lines?

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1. What is defined as the kinship system in which descent is traced through only one gender?

2. What type of descent system traces all the members of its culture's kinship through only men?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this quiz and attached worksheet, you can evaluate how well you understand tracing roots of family lineage. The quiz will assess your understanding of concepts like how kin groups are affiliated.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to:

  • Identify what is defined as the tracing of kinship through parents' ancestral lines
  • Understand the kinship system as it is revealed through only one gender
  • Define descent system that traces all members of its culture's kinship through only men
  • Recognize a system of descent that affiliates a person to a group through one gender
  • Identify the most common descent system in the Western world

Skills practiced

This worksheet and quiz will help you to understand these following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the types of kinship systems
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what type of descent system traces members through only men in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding single kin groups and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the traits of descent systems

Additional Learning

To learn more about the types of unilateral and bilateral descent, review this lesson, Unilateral vs. Bilateral Descent: Definition & Variations. These important study points will be discussed:

  • Define each individual descent system
  • Understand the uses of kinship systems
  • Distinguish differences between decent systems