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Ascertaining Social Class

Imagine you were trying to assess a person's social class. Answer the following four questions:

Based solely on his or her appearance, what physical traits would you look for?
If you were only able to see the person and ask him or her just one question, what question would you ask?
Why would you ask that particular question?
Are there any other observations that you could make from an individual's appearance that can provide you with evidence of an individual's social class?

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Based solely on his or her appearance, the first trait that I would look for would be cleanliness. This is due to the fact that individuals of a higher social class are usually very clean, and those of a lower social class may not be as physically clean in many cases. Another physical trait that I would look for would be trimmed and cleaned fingernails, as well as neatly cut hair and or facial hair. This is due to the fact that individuals of a higher social class usually take a great deal ...

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This solution discusses means by which to determine an individual's social class.

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