Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses


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Which type of government is controlled by a group of wealthy, powerful aristocrats?

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1. In which type of government does a king or queen hold supreme power over his or her nation?

2. In a _____, the leaders are elected by citizens who actively participate in the political process.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With the help of these assessments, you will be able to distinguish between several government types.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Theocracy
  • Dictatorship
  • Representative government
  • Oligarchy
  • Monarchy

Skills Practiced

You will also be able to practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about governments where the representatives claim divine inspiration and laws are based on a nation's holy books from the lesson on traditional types of government
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding representative governments
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about governments ruled by aristocrats
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as governments with a king or queen and governments with one unelected leader who rules absolutely

Additional Learning

The lesson entitled Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses is a great resource of information on this topic. After reading it, you will have the knowledge necessary to:

  • Understand how a monarchy functions
  • Recognize the characteristics of an oligarchy
  • Identify the head of theocratic governments
  • Understand the characteristics of a representative government
  • Know how a dictatorship functions