State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size


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What do we call an autonomous political unit, including many communities within its territories over which it has legitimate centralized power?

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1. What type of authority is defined as leaders being elevated by a system of law and given formalized power to enforce laws and policies?

2. What do we call a union of states that have placed themselves under a centralized government authority?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will gauge your understanding of the concept of the state, different types of states, and how these types were developed across history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments focus on the following points:

  • Types of authority
  • Characteristics of states
  • Term for holding supreme, autonomous power
  • Union of states willingly governed by a central government

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related geography lesson
  • Information recall - memorize the types of states and their characteristics
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify the type of authority in which leaders are legally selected and hold formalized power to enforce laws

Additional Learning

To learn more about states, review the related lesson titled State as a Concept: Definition, Development & Size. The lesson meets these objectives:

  • Define state
  • Define and identify legitimate power
  • Understand the concept of centralized power
  • Distinguish rational from traditional authority