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Meritocracy: Quiz


Question 1: The term 'meritocracy' was first used in Michael Young's 1958 ________ book Rise of the Meritocracy.
Play (theatre)SatireNovelPoetry

Question 2: The ________, "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence," notes that meritocracy promotes individuals based on the ability to perform their prior assignment, not the new assignment.
Stanford UniversityOrganizational hierarchyPeter PrincipleSocial sciences

Question 3: A clear example is the order of the Légion d'honneur, the first ________, admitting men of any class.
Order of MeritVenerable Order of Saint JohnRoyal Victorian OrderOrder of the Companions of Honour

Question 4: Social Darwinism was at its most popular from the late 19th century to the end of ________.
Collaboration with the Axis Powers during World War IISoviet occupationsWorld War IISecond Sino-Japanese War

Question 5: Early utopian ________ thinkers advocated meritocracies or technocracies based on equal opportunities for all individuals to realize their own potential for the benefit of society as a whole.
MarxismSocialismSocialist stateKarl Marx

Question 6: In addition to Confucius, another ancient Chinese philosopher of the same period (that of the ________) advocated a meritocratic system of government and society.
Qin (state)Spring and Autumn PeriodZhou DynastyWarring States Period

Question 7: ________ is a social theory which holds that Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is a model, not only for the development of biological traits in a population, but also can be applied to human social institutions.
Social DarwinismDarwin–Wedgwood familyCharles Darwin's religious viewsCharles Darwin's education

Question 8: Meritocracy was the primary basis for selection of chiefs and generals in the ________.
Golden HordeYuan DynastyMongol EmpireIlkhanate

Question 9: Each year, citizens were assessed based on the number of merit points earned through their successes — in ________, with works or art, in business ventures, and so on — and the top names were appointed to the council.
HumanitiesAcademiaUniversityAcademic degree

Question 10: Lasting 1,112 years, the ________ at times used a system based on meritocracy to decide the membership of its ruling council.
History of ItalyHistory of the Republic of VeniceRepublic of VeniceItaly


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