Practice Quiz for Rites of Passage

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1 The emotionally charged transitions between life stages are often marked by ________________ .
a) subincisions
b) transitional rites
c) rites of passage
2 Which of the following is characteristic of rites of passage?
a) They are usually very casual everyday ceremonies.
b) They are usually kept private because their function is to help only the individual who is the focus of the ceremony.
c) They usually are not religious ceremonies.
d) none of the above
3 Which of the following would not be considered a rite of passage in North America?
a) college graduation ceremony
b) wedding
c) weekly Christian church service
d) funeral
4 Which of the following people is known best for his/her research concerning the function of rites of passage?
a) Arnold Van Gennep
b) Margaret Mead
c) Ruth Benedict
d) David Riesman
5 Cutting into the side of the penis or making a hole entirely through it is referred to as _______________ .
a) circumcision
b) clitoridectomy
c) subincision
d) infibulation
6 Which of the following statements is true concerning rites of passage at puberty?
a) They virtually never involve physically painful experiences.
b) They are always done in private.
c) The rites of passage for boys are often more severe than for girls.


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