Women in Cambodia


1.  It is wrong to think about women in Cambodia as having a single status within society.  This is because:

a.       age is the single determinate of status in Cambodian society

b.       wealth is the single determinate of status in Cambodian society

c.       a variety of factors determine social status, only one of which is sex

d.       all women have lower status than men no matter what


2.       Women are ideally supposed to be:

  1. shy, soft and silent
  2. aggressive in business ventures
  3. helpful in guiding their husbandís affairs
  4. the holders of household money
  5. over the course of their lives, all of the above


3.       During the Khmer Rouge period, more men than women died, which meant that during the 1980s and early 90s:

  1. women made up 60 percent or more of the adult population
  2. women worked at many jobs in the lower ranks of government
  3. women headed between 25 and 25 percent of households
  4. many women had no one to marry
  5. all of the above


4.       The Khmer kinship system is:

  1. matilineal
  2. patrilineal
  3. matriarchal
  4. bilateral
  5. none of the above


5.       The stated preference for residence after marriage in Khmer society is:

  1. uxorilocal (also called matrilocal)
  2. patrilocal
  3. neolocal
  4. avunculocal
  5. none of the above


6.       Though this is the stated preference, actually couples:

  1. usually live with the husbandís family
  2. usually live with the wifeís family
  3. usually are practical and go where there are resources and family obligations
  4. none of the above


7.       At marriage, there is usually an exchange between the families.  In Khmer society today this exchange is:

  1. dowry
  2. bridewealth
  3. exchange of equal gifts
  4. brideservice


8.       Under the new Cambodian constitution of 1993, women are guaranteed:

  1. equal rights under the law with men
  2. equal inheritance right with men
  3. the right to seek a divorce
  4. equal pay for equal work
  5. all of the above


9.  Today garment factories provide the most jobs for young women after agriculture.  This includes ____________   jobs.

a.       20,000

b.       50,000

c.       100,000

d.       160,000


10.   Prostitution in Cambodia is a booming business.  Which of the following is NOT true about this industry:

  1. the industry has brought about a corresponding boom in HIV/AIDs infection rates
  2. the industry was begun to service the UN peacekeeping forces
  3. the industry includes a high percentage of children
  4. the industry includes Khmer women as well as Vietnamese and Thai