ANTH 110/Fall 2013
Exam 1 Review sheet
As per the syllabus the exam will be worth 75
points and comprised of multiple-choice, true-false, and matching questions.
It will be based upon material from the textbook as well as lectures and videos
shown in class.
Remember I'm updating this review sheet all the way up to the exam, especially with any
clips I might use.
What is Anthropology?
Gezon & Kottak Chapter 1
- Understand what is meant by the statement
"anthropology is the holistic and comparative study of
- Know the four primary types of human
adaptation and consider why their interrelationship has been
particularly important for the human species. (This subject will
be raised more systematically in subsequent chapters.)
- Be able to identify, distinguish, and
describe the four subfields of U.S. anthropology. Know what
distinguishes ethnography from ethnology.
- Understand why anthropology is considered a
social science, how it integrates scientific and humanistic
perspectives, and the role that the scientific method plays in
structuring anthropological research and explanation.
Kottak Chapter 2
- Know the defining dimensions
of culture. In particular,
understand what it means that
culture is learned, symbolic,
shared, all-encompassing, and
- Consider how people may
avoid, subvert, and manipulate
particular cultural "rules" and
expectations, and know how
anthropologists today tend to
view and analyze such practices.
- Understand and be able to
provide examples of cultural
- Identify the three levels of
culture described by Gezon and
Kottak and address why it is
important to differentiate among
- Distinguish between
ethnocentrism and cultural
relativism and consider how both
relate to human rights.
- Identify and understand the
mechanisms of cultural change.
- Know how to define
globalization and consider how
people may affect and be
affected by the interrelated
forces of globalization.
Ethics and Methods
Gezon & Kottak Chapter 3
- Know the ethical dimensions of anthropology.
- Understand what ethnography is and why it is anthropology's distinctive strategy.
- Be able to identify and distinguish between the major ethnographic techniques and what kinds of information they collect.
- Understand why I used the example of Keiyo beliefs about malaria from my field research in Kenya.
- Understand some of the trends in the evolution of ethnography and how current ethnographers are increasingly doing multi-timed and multi-sited work.
- Know how ethnography and survey research differ in terms of methods, goals, and kinds of societies in which they are used.
Kottak Chapter 5
- Understand the structure and nature of animal communication and how it differs from human communication (language).
- Be familiar with nonverbal forms of communication like gestures, facial expressions, and body movements, and consider how these form an interwoven part of spoken language.
- Be able to identify the interrelated levels of organization in language (structure of language).
- Be familiar with the central premise of Noam Chomsky's concept of universal grammar, as well as that of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
- Know what distinguishes a focal vocabulary, and be able to identify the subject matter of semantics.
- Know what sociolinguists study. In particular, be familiar with how social difference is organized and maintained through specific, situated linguistic practices. Even as fundamentally social linguistic practices are differentially valued and evaluated, what does the concept of linguistic relativity assert?
- Know what BEV (Black English Vernacular) is and how it compares to SE (Standard English).
- Know what historical linguists study and how their work contributes to anthropology.