Practice Quiz for
World Diversity Patterns

No. of Questions= 9

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1 Approximately how many people are there in the world today?
a) 1.6 billion
b) 2.5 billion
c) 6 billion
2 Which of the following regions have the largest number of people?
a) Asia
b) Africa
c) Europe
d) North America
3 Which of the following statements is true concerning the current rate of global culture change?
a) It has slowed down significantly since the 19th century.
b) It is occurring on a scale and at a pace that is unprecedented in modern human history.
c) Because of the homogenizing effect of mass media, most cultures around the world are no longer changing.
4 Which language is spoken as a "native language" by the most people?
a) English
b) Spanish
c) Mandarin Chinese
5 Approximately how many distinct languages are spoken in the world today?
a) 600-1,000
b) 1,550-1,600
c) 5,000-6,000
6 Which of the following languages is the most world wide in its use as an official national language?
a) English
b) Mandarin Chinese
c) French
7 Which of the following statements is true regarding the languages of small ethnic groups?
a) They are being spoken by more and more people.
b) Many are dying out.
c) It is likely that most will still be spoken in a century from now.
8 The spoken languages that are now becoming extinct are doing so mostly because:
a) they are "primitive" or unable to allow adequate communication
b) their speakers are forbidden to speak them
c) their speakers find it more useful to speak other languages
9 Which of the following statements is true?
a) English is a pure language, unadulterated by words from other languages.
b) In the late 20th century there has been a resurgence of tribalism around the world.
c) The globalization of our economies and mass media have largely put an end to identity with one's ethnic group or tribe.



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