Q. 5

Give reasons why acquired characters are not inherited.

Answer :

Acquired characters are developed by an individual over a period of time in response to external stimuli. For example – a wrestler develops good physique and body as a result of continuous exercise and proper diet. Given proper exposure and opportunities, the wrestler may be able to excel in his chosen field. However, this is not necessary that the son of a wrestler would become an wrestler and do equally well. He may choose to be a cricketer or an actor.


As the name suggests, acquired characters appear in an individual because of his/her response to the external stimuli. These traits develop because of constant exposure to a certain stimulus and the resultant response by the individual. Let us take the example of a wrestler. The wrestler develops good physique because of continuous exercise and suitable diet. Given proper exposure and opportunities, the wrestler may be able to excel in his chosen field. But this does not mean that the son of the wrestler would do equally well in wrestling. He may end up being a cricketer or a film star.


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