The Ten Characteristics of Civilization
The following concepts will be used to study various cultures for the rest of the year. Partial definitions are
provided for each term or concept. As we discuss them in class take notes in the space provided to help you
better understand each concept. List at least one example of each term.
1.Urban society: Living together in communities.
2.Religion: Beliefs that provide answers to “unanswerable” questions.
3.Literacy:The ability to read and write.
4.Government:Having a set of rules, leaders or organization to society
5.Specialization: Using unique skills to benefit all.
6.Social classes: Groups of people with common characteristics.
7.Tool-making: The ability to problem-solve.
8.Concept of time:Understanding of patterns like the seasons, sunrise and sunset or tides can be used to your benefit.
9.Leisure:Recognizing the value of the arts and entertainment.
10.Education/criticism: Striving to improve as an individual or as a culture.