Practice Quiz for
Descent Principles: Part II

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1 Most societies severely limit the number of kinsmen in each ancestral generation by use of the kinship principle known as:
a) unilineal descent
b) bilateral descent
c) quartolateral descent
d) bilineal descent
2 If someone told you that they have eight great grandparents, it would be a good guess that their family follows the ______________ descent pattern.
a) unilineal
b) bilineal
c) bilateral
d) parallel
3 In North America, the most common descent principle in use is:
a) unilineal
b) bilineal
c) bilateral
4 In addition to North America, bilateral descent is common in which of the following types of societies?
a) hunters and gatherers living in harsh, relatively nonproductive environments
b) large-scale agricultural and industrial nations
c) both of the above
d) none of the above
5 In which of the following descent systems would an individual potentially have the most collateral descendants (e.g., nephews and nieces)?
a) unilineal
b) bilineal
c) bilateral



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