Practice Quiz for Models
of Classification

No. of Questions= 6
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1 Anthropologists during the early 20th century believed that people could be divided into racial groups on the basis of the regular occurrence together of certain physical traits. This race concept is the same as the ______________ model.
a)  populational
b)  clinal
c)  typological
2 When using the typological race model, adding more distinguishing traits will ____________ the number of people who fit into the defined racial groups.
a) increase
b) decrease
c) have no effect on
3 The populational model of human variation assumes that:
a) each continent is the home of a distinct race
b) Mongoloids, Negroids, and Caucasoids are different species of people today
c) if geographic and cultural barriers to mating break down, previously isolated populations will cease having distinct sets of physical traits setting them apart.
4 The clinal model of human variation is based on the fact that:
a) genetically inherited traits will gradually change in frequency among the people you encounter as you travel from one geographic area to another
b) genetically inherited traits will abruptly change in frequency as you go from one population to another
c) there are no significant differences in the frequency of genetically inherited traits among the populations of the world
5 Which of the following statements is true?
a) All genetically inherited traits have a clinal distribution.
b) Human biological races really exist.
c) Of the three models presented in the tutorial, the clinal one comes closest to grasping the real nature of human variation.
6 Which of the following statements is true about the distribution patterns of human traits around the world?
a) They have remained essentially the same for the last few centuries.
b) They only change as a result of natural selection.
c) They have been constantly changing during the last few centuries.



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