45 Must-Know History of Social Work MCQs: Global Scenario

  1. Test your knowledge of the history of social work with these 45 challenging MCQs! This quiz covers a wide range of topics, from the early pioneers of social work to the most recent developments in the field. Whether you're a student, professional, or simply interested in learning more about social work, this quiz is for you.


  2. 1-What historical event marked the emergence of organized social work in the United States?


  3. A) The Great Depression B) The Civil Rights Movement C) The Progressive Era D) The Industrial Revolution Answer: C) The Progressive Era


  4. 2-Who is often considered the founder of modern social work and established the first social work school in the world?

  5. A) Jane Addams B) Florence Nightingale C) Elizabeth Fry D) Mary Ellen Richmond Answer: A) Jane Addams


  6. 3-In which country did the concept of "casework" as a method of social work practice originate?

  7. A) England B) Germany C) France D) Italy Answer: B) Germany


  8. 4-Which international organization played a significant role in promoting social work on a global scale?

  9. A) World Health Organization (WHO) B) United Nations (UN) C) International Red Cross D) Amnesty International Answer: B) United Nations (UN)


  10. 5-The concept of "charity organization societies" (COS) aimed to:

  11. A) Promote religious charities B) Provide relief to the poor C) Improve social welfare through scientific methods D) Encourage volunteering for social causes Answer: C) Improve social welfare through scientific methods


  12. 6-Who was a pioneer in the development of group work as a social work method?

  13. A) Mary Ellen Richmond B) Harry Hopkins C) Grace Abbott D) Grace Coyle Answer: D) Grace Coyle


  14. 7-The "Declaration of Human Rights" adopted by the United Nations in 1948 emphasized:

  15. A) The importance of national sovereignty B) The rights of indigenous communities C) Universal human rights and dignity D) Economic development goals Answer: C) Universal human rights and dignity


  16. 8-The "Green Book," published in 1935, was a significant document in the history of social work. What was its focus?

  17. A) Environmental conservation B) Social welfare policy C) Community organizing D) Youth development Answer: B) Social welfare policy


  18. 9-Which historical figure is known for her advocacy in improving conditions for mentally ill individuals in the 19th century?

  19. A) Mary Ellen Richmond B) Dorothea Dix C) Jane Addams D) Ida B. Wells Answer: B) Dorothea Dix


  20. 10-Which global event prompted the need for social workers to address issues related to refugees and displaced populations?

  21. A) World War I B) The Great Depression C) World War II D) The Cold War Answer: C) World War II


  22. 11-The concept of "cultural competence" in social work emphasizes:

  23. A) Understanding and respecting diverse cultural backgrounds B) The need for social workers to be experts in all cultures C) Assimilation of clients into the dominant culture D) Ignoring cultural differences Answer: A) Understanding and respecting diverse cultural backgrounds


  24. 12-The term "feminization of social work" refers to:

  25. A) The increasing number of women in social work professions B) The dominance of feminist ideology in social work practice C) The exclusion of men from the field of social work D) The focus on gender-neutral approaches in social work Answer: A) The increasing number of women in social work professions


  26. 13-Which influential social work theorist is known for the ecological systems perspective?

  27. A) Erik Erikson B) Abraham Maslow C) Urie Bronfenbrenner D) Sigmund Freud Answer: C) Urie Bronfenbrenner


  28. 14-The concept of "social justice" is central to social work. It involves:

  29. A) Promoting equal access to resources and opportunities B) Advocating for strict law enforcement C) Supporting the status quo D) Ignoring issues of inequality Answer: A) Promoting equal access to resources and opportunities


  30. 15-Which international organization is dedicated to promoting social work education and practice worldwide?

  31. A) World Health Organization (WHO) B) International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) C) United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) D) Amnesty International Answer: B) International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)


  32. 16-Who is known for pioneering the concept of "social diagnosis" as a method of understanding and addressing social issues?

    1. A) Mary Ellen Richmond B) Jane Addams C) Harry Hopkins D) Grace Abbott

    2. Answer: A) Mary Ellen Richmond


    3. 17-The settlement house movement, which aimed to bridge gaps between different social classes, gained popularity in which century?

    4. A) 17th century B) 18th century C) 19th century D) 20th century Answer: C) 19th century


    5. 18-Which historical figure is renowned for her work on child welfare and juvenile justice reform in the early 20th century?

    6. A) Clara Barton B) Frances Perkins C) Grace Abbott D) Julia Lathrop Answer: D) Julia Lathrop


    7. 19-The concept of "volunteerism" has been integral to the history of social work. What does it entail?

    8. A) Paid social work positions B) Professional licensing for social workers C) People offering their time and skills for the betterment of society D) Mandatory social service for citizens Answer: C) People offering their time and skills for the betterment of society


    9. 20-Which historical event in the 1960s played a significant role in the expansion of social work roles and services?

    10. A) Women's suffrage movement B) Civil rights movement C) Prohibition-era D) Cold War Answer: B) Civil rights movement


    11. 21-The concept of "social casework" primarily focuses on:

    12. A) Group interventions B) Individualized assessment and intervention C) Community development D) Political advocacy Answer: B) Individualized assessment and intervention


    13. 22-Which global initiative, launched in 2000, set ambitious goals to reduce poverty, improve health, and promote education?

    14. A) Universal Declaration of Human Rights B) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) C) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) D) World Health Organization (WHO) Answer: B) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)


    15. 23-The term "micro-macro-meso" framework is often used in social work. What does "meso" refer to in this context?

    16. A) Individual level B) Community and organizational level C) Macro-level policies and systems D) International level Answer: B) Community and organizational level


    17. 24-Which influential social worker and sociologist was known for her work in urban planning and community organization?

    18. A) Mary Ellen Richmond B) Frances Perkins C) Charlotte Perkins Gilman D) Jane Addams Answer: D) Jane Addams


    19. 25-The term "deinstitutionalization" in social work history refers to:

    20. A) The closure of orphanages and asylums in favor of community-based care B) The expansion of institutional care for vulnerable populations C) The promotion of large-scale, centralized institutions D) The emergence of private philanthropic organizations Answer: A) The closure of orphanages and asylums in favor of community-based care


    21. 26-Who is known for founding the Hull House in Chicago, which became a model for settlement houses in the United States?

      1. A) Florence Nightingale B) Elizabeth Fry C) Jane Addams D) Mary Ellen Richmond Answer: C) Jane Addams


      2. 27-In which country did Mary Ellen Richmond develop the first systematic social work method known as "casework"?

      3. A) England B) Germany C) United States D) France Answer: C) United States


      4. 28-The "Declaration of the Rights of the Child" was adopted by the United Nations in:

      5. A) 1924 B) 1948 C) 1954 D) 1969 Answer: B) 1948


      6. 29-Which social work pioneer focused on child labor issues and played a significant role in child labor reform?

      7. A) Elizabeth Fry B) Dorothea Dix C) Grace Abbott D) Jane Addams Answer: C) Grace Abbott


      8. 30-What international organization, founded in 1928, represents social workers on a global level and promotes their professional interests?

      9. A) International Red Cross B) International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) C) United Nations (UN) D) World Health Organization (WHO) Answer: B) International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)


      10. 31- Which social work approach emphasizes the importance of understanding the client's environment and social context?

      11. A) Ecological systems perspective B) Strengths-based perspective C) Psychoanalytic approach D) Medical model Answer: A) Ecological systems perspective


      12. 32-The concept of "resilience" in social work refers to:

      13. A) The ability to bounce back from adversity B) The exclusion of vulnerable populations C) Strict adherence to established norms D) The dominance of one culture over others Answer: A) The ability to bounce back from adversity


      14. 33-The term "professionalization of social work" refers to:

      15. A) The inclusion of social work in academic institutions B) The exclusion of men from the social work profession C) The restriction of social work to volunteer roles only D) The focus on religious organizations in social work Answer: A) The inclusion of social work in academic institutions


      16. 34-Who is known for her work on the "Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development," which has influenced social work practice?

      17. A) Abraham Maslow B) Erik Erikson C) Urie Bronfenbrenner D) Sigmund Freud Answer: B) Erik Erikson


      18. 35-The concept of "empowerment" in social work emphasizes:

      19. A) Disempowering clients to protect them from harm B) Equitable distribution of resources C) The exclusion of marginalized groups D) Maintaining the status quo Answer: B) Equitable distribution of resources


  33. 36-Who is known for founding the American Red Cross and her humanitarian efforts during the Civil War?
        1. A) Elizabeth Fry B) Dorothea Dix C) Clara Barton D) Jane Addams Answer: C) Clara Barton


        2. 37-Which international organization, founded in 1920, played a significant role in addressing health and social issues on a global scale?

        3. A) International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) B) United Nations (UN) C) World Health Organization (WHO) D) Amnesty International Answer: C) World Health Organization (WHO)


        4. 38-The concept of "casework" in social work practice involves:

        5. A) Working with individuals, focusing on their unique circumstances B) Advocating for social policy changes C) Conducting large-scale community assessments D) Promoting group therapy Answer: A) Working with individuals, focusing on their unique circumstances


        6. 39-Who is known for her contributions to the development of the "strengths-based perspective" in social work?

        7. A) Mary Ellen Richmond B) Grace Coyle C) Elizabeth Fry D) Jane Addams Answer: B) Grace Coyle


        8. 40-The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) collaborated to develop:

        9. A) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights B) The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development C) The Green Book D) The Declaration of the Rights of the Child Answer: B) The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development


        10. 41-The concept of "self-determination" in social work emphasizes:

        11. A) Professionals making decisions for clients B) Clients having the right to make choices about their lives C) Strict adherence to cultural norms D) Ignoring client preferences Answer: B) Clients having the right to make choices about their lives


        12. 42-Which social work approach focuses on identifying and building upon a client's strengths and resources?

        13. A) Ecological systems perspective B) Strengths-based perspective C) Psychoanalytic approach D) Behaviorist approach Answer: B) Strengths-based perspective


        14. 43-The concept of "intersectionality" in social work recognizes that individuals may face multiple forms of:

        15. A) Equality B) Oppression and discrimination C) Privilege D) Cultural assimilation Answer: B) Oppression and discrimination


        16. 44-Who is known for her advocacy for women's rights and the authorship of "The Yellow Wallpaper," a seminal feminist text?

        17. A) Elizabeth Fry B) Charlotte Perkins Gilman C) Clara Barton D) Jane Addams Answer: B) Charlotte Perkins Gilman


        18. 45-The "social model of disability" in social work highlights that disability is primarily a result of:

        19. A) Individual medical conditions B) Environmental and social barriers C) Genetic factors D) Lack of access to healthcare Answer: B) Environmental and social barriers

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