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Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

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Which of the following is the best explanation of socialism?

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1. What's the best explanation of communism?

2. Which of the following characteristics is common to both socialism and communism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Though they share certain characteristics, socialism and communism are two very different systems. Use this quiz and worksheet to gain a thorough understanding of these systems and to identify ideologies central to each one.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge of the following:

  • Definitions of socialism and communism
  • Distinctions between characteristics of each system
  • Identification of communism's major historical figures

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about socialist and communist societies from the related lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the social and economic philosophies of socialism and communism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about socialist and communist ideologies

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences. This lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Compare social democratic countries to command economies
  • Explore the role of private ownership in communism
  • Understand how communism and socialism differ in terms of resource allocation
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