What is Direct Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons


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Which of the following is an example of direct democracy?

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1. Which is an example of direct democracy?

2. What is a pro of direct democracy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using both historical and modern examples of direct democracy in action, this interactive combination quiz/worksheet will test your knowledge of how it differs from representative democracy. You will be tested on the definition of the two types of government, and the pros and cons of both.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be tested on:

  • Modern and historic examples of direct democracy
  • Why the U.S. wasn't formed as a direct democracy
  • Examples of direct democracy within our own representative democracy

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of direct democracy vs. representative democracy.
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding direct and representative democracy and interpret it correctly.
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as direct democracy, referendums, initiatives, and representative democracy.
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the adoption of representative democracy by our founding fathers instead of direct democracy.

Additional Learning

To learn more about direct democracy, review the accompanying lesson called What is Direct Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define both direct democracy and representative democracy
  • Present examples of direct democracy in action, both modern and historic.
  • Examine how initiatives and referendums allow for direct democracy within a representative government structure.
  • Explain the problem of demagogues in direct democracy.