Politics quiz: systems of government 2

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests terms used to describe various political and economic systems and forms of government.

Read each question and choose the correct answer.

1. What are the different parts of a two-house system of government usually called?

a top and bottom house
an upper and lower house
a bigger and smaller house
a) a top and bottom house b) an upper and lower house c) a bigger and smaller house

2. What do we call a country governed by the richest people or the wealthiest class?

a plutocracy
a patriarchy
an autocracy
a) a plutocracy b) a patriarchy c) an autocracy

3. Which system of government is based on small co-operatives freely run by local people rather than a central state run by politicians and powerful people?

democratic socialism
liberal democracy
anarchism
a) democratic socialism b) liberal democracy c) anarchism

4. Which combines democracy with a highly-regulated market economy, state-run essential services and a state-financed welfare system?

indigenous governance
military dictatorship
democratic socialism
a) indigenous governance b) military dictatorship c) democratic socialism

5. What is the upper house in a two-house system of government often called?

the Parliament
the House of Representatives
the Senate
a) a parliament b) the House of Representatives c) the Senate

6. What is the lower house in a two-house system of government often called?

the Parliament
the House of Representatives
the Senate
a) the Parliament b) the House of Representatives c) the Senate

7. Which term means all the representatives elected to both houses of a two-house system of government?

the Parliament
the House of Representatives
the Senate
a) the Parliament b) the House of Representatives c) the Senate

8. Which type of state uses brutal policing, strict laws and the violent suppression of protest in order to stay in power?

a libertarian state
a battleground state
an authoritarian state
a) a libertarian state b) a battleground state c) an authoritarian state

9. Which ensures a country's wealth is fairly distributed and that important services are provided by the state instead of profit-seeking companies?

consumerism
socialism
capitalism
a) consumerism b) socialism c) capitalism

10. Which is a racist ideology common among far-right neo-Nazis who support fascism?

white supremacy
domestic terrorism
political correctness
a) white supremacy b) domestic terrorism c) political correctness

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers.