African American Heritage & Ethnography Key Concepts: Self Assessment

Learning from the Past: Assess Your Knowledge

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  1. The National Park Service has a legislated mission, a result of the Organic Act of 1916 and other polices, to preserve cultural resources (tangible resources of material evidence of past human activities) deemed significant by diverse cultural groups in the United States.

    1. True

      Correct. According to the Organic Act of 1916, the primary function of the National Park Service is to conserve park resources and maintain them “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

    2. False


  2. People of African descent have been documented in US Censuses since

    1. 1803


    2. 1519


    3. 1790

      Correct. People of African descent have appeared in every census since 1790, the first census taken in the United States.

    4. 1699


  3. Select the Best answer to complete the sentence:

    Culture is learned behavior that is:

    1. passed down from generation to generation, unchanging and unaffected throughout time.


    2. patterned, predictable, but constantly changing.

      Correct. Culture is a body of learned behaviors common to a given society. It is patterned after those within a society that have actively used culture, but at the same time is dynamic and changes throughout time. Cultures essential features include systems of meaning, social order, material culture and culture change.

    3. essentially viewed the same within diverse, heterogeneous cultural groups.


    4. easily changeable, especially as a result of contact between two or more groups of people.


  4. Which of the statements below is TRUE:

    1. Cultural resources refer to those intangible resources of importance to cultural groups.


    2. The National Park Service conserves and maintains cultural resources to be stored for purposes solely associated with the Park Service.


    3. Ethnographic resources are the cultural and natural features of a park that are honored and are significant to the traditionally associated people connected to that park.

      Correct. Ethnographic resources include landscapes, places, objects and significant natural resources that traditionally associated groups and ethnographers identify as resources with traditional meaning and purpose.

    4. Ethnographic resources are definitive examples of how people and cultures are unchanging, generation to generation.


    5. Park Ethnographers are only able to address how ethnographic and cultural resources are significant within the boundaries of national parks