What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges


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This type of government is often the largest political subdivision within the state and is responsible for locally administering state laws and collecting taxes.

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1. A law, rule or regulation made and enforced by a city government is known as a _____.

2. All of the following governmental departments are part of a municipality EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Considering something not far from home, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of local government. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what makes up a municipal government as well as knowing what makes up a county government.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will help you review major terms from the lesson, including:

  • County government
  • County laws
  • Municipal government
  • Municipal code
  • Municipal ordinance

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will also help you practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - verify that you can draw the most important information from the lesson on local governments
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as municipal government, county laws, and county government
  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you know the difference between a municipal ordinance and municipal code
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the government department not run by a municipality

Additional Learning

To learn more about the importance of local government to our livelihood, review the corresponding lesson called What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what local government is
  • Understand how much contact we have with our local governments
  • Identify the largest political subdivision within a state and its functions
  • Describe the nature of the size of municipalities and their roles
  • Appreciate why an ordinance might be enacted