Anthropology Most Important Questions Part 2 For 2020 Exam

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  1. Write Short Notes:

    1. Linguistic Anthropology

    2. Copper-bronze Age

    3. Chalcolithic Cultures

    4. Neolithic Revolution

    5. Cultural Evolution VS Cultural Diffusion

    6. Functions of Culture

    7. Stratification

    8. Functional significance of social stratification

    9. Marriage system in traditional Nayar society

    10. Endogamy VS Exogamy

  2. Discuss the various types of rules of descent, giving suitable examples.

  3. What are descent groups? Describe different forms of descent groups.

  4. Write Short Note:

    1. Complementary Filiation

    2. Kinship Terminology – classification

  5. “It is the universality of Incest Taboo that gives rise to alliance systems”. Explain

  6. Write Short Note:

    1. Types of Kinship Terminology systems.

    2. Nature of Kinship

    3. Bilateral Descent

    4. Unilateral Descent

  7. Discuss the stability and change in human family. Do you think it will remain a universal social institution?

  8. Describe the various types of household and domestic groups.

  9. Describe Types of family based on structure

  10. Describe the debate between formalism and Substantivism

  11. What is the impact of globalization on indigenous economic systems?

  12. Discuss the various systems of exchange

  13. Write Short Note:

    1. Nature of simple economic systems

    2. Nature of production, distribution and exchange in societies subsisting on

    3. Hunting and gathering

  14. Describe the different types of political systems, giving examples.

  15. Write Short Notes:

    1. Nature of power, authority and legitimacy

    2. Nature, functions and types of social control.

    3. Nature of social control in modern societies

    4. Nature of law and justice in primitive societies

    5. Primitive Law Vs Modern Law

  16. “Monotheism and Polytheism are not distinct but a part of a larger continuum”. Explain

  17. Write Detailed Note: Sacred VS Profane

  18. What is religion? Describe the various forms of religion found in tribal and peasant societies.

  19. What are myths? Discuss the functional significance of myths in religion.

  20. Write Short Notes:

    1. Magic, witchcraft and sorcery

    2. Shaman and Priest in religion

    3. Religion as a psychological phenomenon

  21. Write Short Notes:

    1. Types of Kinship Terminology systems.

    2. Nature of Kinship

    3. Bilateral Descent

    4. Unilineal Descent

  22. What are the general provisions of anthropological school of Diffusionism? Describe the differences in various traditions of Diffusionism.

  23. What is Neo Evolutionism? In what way is this school of thought different from its Classical counterpart?

  24. Write Short Note:

    1. Post Modernism in Anthropology

    2. Cognitive Theories in Anthropology

  25. What is functionalism? In what way is this theory different from structural functionalism?

  26. Discuss the contributions of Claude Levi Strauss and Edmund Leach to school of Structuralism.

  27. Broadly discuss the theories of origin of language.

  28. Write Short Notes: Language, culture and society

  29. Discuss different social contexts of language use.

  30. Describe different forms of nonverbal communication.

  31. Significance of nonverbal communication.

  32. Describe various techniques and methods of observation.

  33. Discuss the techniques of data interpretation.

  34. Distinguish between technique, method and methodology.

  35. Significance of fieldwork in anthropology.

  36. Biological and Cultural Factors in Human Evolution

  37. Describe the salient features of Lamarckism and Darwinism. In what way do you think these two approaches to evolution are different?

  38. Discuss the Modern Synthetic Theory of Evolution

  39. Write Short Note:

    1. Parallelism and Convergence

    2. Doctrine of Irreversibility of Evolution

    3. Reproductive Isolation and Speciation

  40. Write Short Note:

    1. Natural Selection

    2. Homology and Analogy

    3. Adaptive Radiation in Primates

  41. Describe the Primate Evolutionary Trends while highlighting their significance.

  42. Write Detailed Note: Comparative Anatomy of Apes and Man.

  43. Critically evaluate the skeletal changes and other adaptations that have

  44. What are the various locomotary adaptations we find in Primate Order? What adaptive changes have taken place to accommodate them?

  45. Write Short Note:

    1. Brachiating

    2. Arboreal VS Terrestrial Quadrupedalism

    3. Primate Behavior

  46. Describe major primate taxa

  47. Discuss the distribution, general characteristics and phylogenetic status of Australopithecines

  48. Discuss the distribution, general characteristics and phylogenetic status of Neanderthals.

  49. Discuss the distribution, general characteristics and phylogenetic status of Homo erectus.

  50. Write Short Note:

    1. Homo heidelbergensis

    2. Australopithecus VS Paranthropus

    3. Java Man VS Peking Man

    4. Cro-Magnon Man

    5. Protein Synthesis

    6. Structure and Function of DNA

    7. Gene Mutation

    8. Chromosomes

  51. Describe the method of Pedigree Analysis and its significance.

  52. Discuss the Twin Method in human genetics. Add a note on the viability of this method and concerns therein.

  53. Write Short Note:

    1. Cytogenetic Method in human genetics.

    2. Foster Child Method

  54. What is DNA technology? What are its various applications?

  55. Write Short Note:

    1. Multifactor Hypothesis and Polygenetic Inheritance

    2. Lethal Gene Action

  56. What is Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium? What are the factors that affect this equilibrium?

  57. What is inbreeding? What do you think are the genetic consequences of inbreeding on human populations?

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