Divided Government: Definition, Effects, Pros & Cons


Choose an answer and hit 'next'. You will receive your score and answers at the end.

question 1 of 3

Which of the following is an example of divided government?

Create Your Account To Take This Quiz

As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.

Try it risk-free
Try it risk-free for 30 days. Cancel anytime
Already registered? Log in here for access

1. What is a cause of divided government?

2. What is a pro of divided government?

Create your account to access this entire worksheet
A Premium account gives you access to all lesson, practice exams, quizzes & worksheets
Access to all video lessons
Quizzes, practice exams & worksheets
Certificate of Completion
Access to instructors
Create an account to get started Create Account

About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combination will help you test your knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of divided government. Some topics you'll be assessed on include the causes of divided government and how divided government led to shutdowns in the recent past.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • An example of divided government
  • Causes of divided government
  • Pros and cons of divided government
  • The government shutdowns of 1995 and 2013

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the pros and cons of divided government
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what parties control various branches of government in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the causes of divided government
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the pros and cons of this type of government

Additional Learning

To learn more about divided government, review the accompanying lesson on Divided Government Pros & Cons. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define divided government
  • Understand how the separation of powers creates divided government
  • Explore the causes of divided government
  • Identify pros and cons of divided government