Totalitarianism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples


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Which of the following is an accurate definition of a totalitarian government?

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1. All of the following are characteristics of totalitarianism except:

2. Under totalitarianism, the government would exercise control over:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the characteristics of totalitarianism. For this quiz, you'll need to know the definition of a totalitarian government and what a totalitarian government has control of.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to evaluate your knowledge of:

  • How a totalitarian government exercises control
  • Similarities between Nazi Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union
  • Western response to totalitarian governments

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the characteristics of totalitarianism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the areas in which a totalitarian government claims control
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the characteristics of a totalitarian regime

Additional Learning

You can learn additional details about totalitarianism with the associated lesson called, Totalitarianism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define totalitarianism
  • Identify five basic characteristics of a totalitarian government
  • Compare and contrast totalitarianism in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Soviet Union