What Is Democracy? - Definition & Explanation


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A polis is?

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1. Democracy is _____.

2. In a direct democracy _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Democracy has been an important form of government throughout history, with many countries and civilizations attempting to implement various forms of it. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the characteristics of a democracy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Definition of democracy
  • Difference between a direct and a representative democracy
  • Government type in which voters select legislative representatives who in turn elect a head of state

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning of the word ''polis''
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific types of democracies and their defining characteristics
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on the characteristics of a democracy and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled What Is Democracy? - Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the origins of democracy in ancient Greece
  • Define referendums
  • Recall the type of government in the United Kingdom