Government Types: Trivia Quiz!

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Government Types: Trivia Quiz!

Do you know how many different types of government are there? The various government types include democracy, oligarchy, monarchy, dictatorship, and anarchy. Take this quiz, and tell dictatorship, monarchy, and democracy are, what is the main idea expressed in the declaration of independence, what United States document did John Locke help to influence national history, who is Thomas Hobbes, and how did Thomas Jefferson feel about a democratic form of government. We, the People, know that you will gain knowledge with this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Theocracy
    • A. 

      One leader or person who has ablsolute control over the lives of the people of the nation

    • B. 

      King or Queen rules the nation

    • C. 

      Citizens hold the political power

    • D. 

      Government that recognizes God as the primary or main political authority

  • 2. 
    Dictatorship
    • A. 

      People of a country elect leaders to represent their rights and interests in government

    • B. 

      King or Queen rules the nation

    • C. 

      One leader or person has absolute or total control over the people's lives in the nation

    • D. 

      Citizens hold the political power

  • 3. 
    Monarchy
    • A. 

      People hold the political power to the nation

    • B. 

      King or queen rules/leads the nation

    • C. 

      Government is headed by a strong military leader who has total control over the nation

    • D. 

      No one is in charge-mob rule

  • 4. 
    Democracy 
    • A. 

      Citizens hold the political power in government

    • B. 

      King or queen rules in the nation

    • C. 

      Mob rule- no one is in charge

    • D. 

      God is the ultimate authority of the government

  • 5. 
    Representative Democracy
    • A. 

      King or queen rules the nation

    • B. 

      Mob rule- choas and disorder in government

    • C. 

      Voters elect representatives to help make decisions in government

    • D. 

      One leader who has direct power over all the people of the nation

  • 6. 
    Anarchy
    • A. 

      King or Queen rules the nation

    • B. 

      Mob rule or choas and disorder- lack of government

    • C. 

      God is at the center of government

    • D. 

      People make all the decisions for the king

  • 7. 
    Montesquieu's philosophy can be found in which famous American document- separation of powers within the national government...
    • A. 

      Treaty of Paris

    • B. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      US Constitution

    • D. 

      Gettysburg Address

  • 8. 
    What was the main idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence? (Hint: John Locke)
    • A. 

      A government that denies its people certain basic rights can be overthrown

    • B. 

      Government should guarantee its citizens economic security

    • C. 

      The national and state governments should share power

    • D. 

      Rulers from nations get power to rule from God and are have to govern in the best interest for all people

  • 9. 
    John Locke believed in the concept of natural rights of the indiividual. What US document did he later help influence in our national history? 
    • A. 

      Gettysburg Address

    • B. 

      US Constitution

    • C. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

  • 10. 
    The concept of natural rights was included in the Declaration of Independence- influenced from John Locke.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    The Declaration of Independence laid the foundation for democratic thinking.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Enlightenment thinker Thomas Hobbes would have supported which type of government? 
    • A. 

      Monarchy

    • B. 

      Anarchy

    • C. 

      Democracy

    • D. 

      Dictatorship

  • 13. 
    In contrast to a democracy, which form of govt. uses the military to maintain power against the people's consent? ( hint: what is the opposite)
    • A. 

      Monarchy

    • B. 

      Anarchy

    • C. 

      Democracy

    • D. 

      Dictatorship

  • 14. 
    Use the following quote to help you answer the question below:"It must be acknowledged that the term 'republic' is of a very vague application in every language... I would say purely and simply it means a government by its citizens in mass, acting directly and personally according to the rules of the majority."- Thomas Jefferson 1816Which statement summarizes Jefferson's ideas about a republic form of government?
    • A. 

      The power of govt. rests with the citizens

    • B. 

      The power of the govt. rests with the leaders at the top of the govt.

    • C. 

      Republicans are always in control

    • D. 

      Republic forms of govt. have strict rules and laws that must be followed

  • 15. 
    Use the quote from Enlightenment thinker Baron de Montesquieu to answer the next question:  " The people are extremely well qualified for choosing those whom they are to entrust with part of their authority"- Montesquieu 1748 Which best summarizes his view of the responsibilty of citizens in a democracy?
    • A. 

      Citizens should lobby for new laws

    • B. 

      Citizens vote for their leaders

    • C. 

      To respond to public opinion polls

    • D. 

      Take part in political campaingns

  • 16. 
    What  was the most common type of government structures found in Europe during the Age of Exploration and the Renaissance? 
    • A. 

      Monarchies

    • B. 

      Oligarchies

    • C. 

      Representative democracy

    • D. 

      Dictatorships

  • 17. 
    A theocracy can co-exist with a monarchy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    The two main forms of governments are authoritarian and monarchy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Select the two main types of democracies below.
    • A. 

      Direct and monarchy

    • B. 

      Direct and representative

    • C. 

      Indirect and theocracy

    • D. 

      Representative is the only type of democratic government

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