Name That Political System!



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Name That Political System!

Directions: Read each paragraph. Determine the political system each paragraph is describing. Write the correct political system on the line after each description and explain why it is considered that political system.



Political Systems

anarchy aristocracy democracy dictatorship

monarchy theocracy totalitarian




1. Ethan lives on a small island nation in the Northern Hemisphere. Ethan has many freedoms in his daily life: the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the freedom to live a happy and peaceful life. These freedoms are all guaranteed by a document that was put into effect hundreds of years ago. Ethan also voted for the leaders in power.
Political System: ____________________________________________________
WHY? __________________________________________________________
2. Susan lives in a large, wealthy nation in the Middle East. Her daily life is shaped by the rules and policies put into place by one man, King Abdullah. King Abdullah has total control over the country’s government and economy. There is a Council of Ministers that aid in running the government, but the council is selected by the King.
Political System: ____________________________________________________
WHY? __________________________________________________________

3. Greg lives in a powerful and wealthy nation in Europe. Although Greg’s country is wealthy, Greg has little to no personal freedoms. The country is run by one leader. This leader routinely has his enemies tortured and killed. The leader also uses a “Secret Police” force to strike fear in the hearts of his country’s citizens in order to control them.


Political System: ____________________________________________________
WHY? __________________________________________________________

4. Ian lives in a large Middle Eastern nation. Ian’s daily life is greatly affected by a strict code of laws that is taken from the Quran, the holiest of Islamic books. The laws of the nation are based on the religion of Islam. The government is controlled by a supreme leader. This supreme leader is an Islamic holy man.


Political System: ____________________________________________________
WHY? __________________________________________________________

5. Aaron lives in a rather large and wealthy European country. Aaron enjoys many freedoms but some of his daily life is controlled by a group of people known as the “First and Second Estate.” The “First and Second Estate” are the wealthiest, most educated, and most powerful men in the country. They are responsible for all the decisions of the government.


Political System: ____________________________________________________

WHY? __________________________________________________________

6. Aiden lives in a European country that has just plunged into complete chaos. A military general has just declared war on the government. During this war, there is no government to speak of. No one is in control and most of the country is living in violence and destruction.
Political System: ____________________________________________________
WHY? __________________________________________________________

7. Samantha lives in a country that is controlled by the “Kellys,” an important political party. All citizens in the country are forced to obey the rules and laws created and enforced by the “Kellys.”

Political System: ____________________________________________________
WHY? __________________________________________________________

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Political System: ____________________________________________________



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