Settlement Hierarchy: Definition & Categories


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What is a settlement?

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1. A settlement hierarchy ranks human population centers by size, population, and expected _____.

2. Which of these do we expect to be true of a settlement at the top of the hierarchy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet focuses on reviewing what you remember about settlement hierarchy. You'll check your understanding of what it is and the levels of settlements in the hierarchy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet are provided to review what you know about:

  • What a settlement is considered
  • The factors that a settlement hierarchy takes into account
  • What we expect of the settlement at the top of the hierarchy
  • The settlement on the lowest level of the hierarchy

Skills Practiced

  • Making connection - use understanding of building a settlement hierarchy and the factors that impact a settlement's place on the hierarchy
  • Knowledge application - check what you know about the names of the different levels to answer questions about them
  • Information recall - see if you can remember the settlement at the top of the hierarchy

Additional Learning

If you wish to study this topic in greater detail, you can read the accompanying lesson, Settlement Hierarchy: Definition & Categories. This lesson explains more about:

  • What a settlement hierarchy is
  • How a settlement hierarchy is arranged
  • What a hamlet is
  • Where a city resides on the hierarchy