Oligarchy in Ancient Greece: Definition, Characteristics & Disadvantages


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Over time, the oligarchies of Ancient Greece were extended to include which of the following?

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1. In its most basic sense, what does the term oligarchy mean?

2. Which of the following would NOT be included in an oligarchy in an Ancient Greek city-state?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Oligarchies were the predominant governmental structure for many influential Greek city-states, and this quiz and worksheet will help you check your understanding of the elements of an oligarchy and how they were utilized by ancient Greek city-states.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on the following topics:

  • Elements of an oligarchy
  • The definition of oligarchy
  • Citizens included and excluded from oligarchies
  • Famous Greek oligarchic city-states
  • The disadvantages of oligarchies

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you understood the important concepts from the related Greek oligarchy lesson
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding Greek oligarchies
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Greek oligarchies

Additional Learning

To find out more about ancient Greek oligarchies, review the accompanying lesson Oligarchy in Ancient Greece: Definition, Characteristics, & Disadvantages. The lesson covers the following key topics:

  • The definition of oligarchy as it applied to Greek city-states
  • How Greek oligarchies functioned
  • Militaristic expansion of oligarchic city-states
  • Drawbacks of governing by oligarchy