Themes in ap world History

Definition of a civilization

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4. Definition of a civilization

Why you should know this: You may encounter questions that ask you to classify a group of people as a civilization or a society based on characteristics. If you know the traditionally accepted definition of a civilization, then a question such as this would be easy question.

1. All of the following are common characteristics of a civilization EXCEPT:

a. an established, complex institution such as a government

b. elaborate irrigation techniques

c. multiple large cities

d. agricultural practices

e. specialized workers

The only characteristic listed above that is not included in the accepted definition of

a civilization is (d) agricultural practices. Knowing the definition of a civilization helps you

eliminate incorrect choices.

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