Test Your Knowledge of Government Systems and Structures

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What is a government?

What are the main types of modern political systems recognized?

What are some historically prevalent forms of government?

How is the term 'government' often used?

What was a catalyst for the development of governments?

When did republican forms of government become more prevalent?

Was there a significant increase in the size and scale of government in the 19th and 20th century?

What is the goal of political science in regards to governments?

What is the most popular form of government?


Government: A Summary

  • A government is a system or group of people governing an organized community, generally a state.
  • The main types of modern political systems recognized are democracies, totalitarian regimes, authoritarian regimes and monarchical systems.
  • Historically prevalent forms of government include monarchy, aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, theocracy, and tyranny.
  • The term government is often used more specifically to refer to the approximately 200 independent national governments and subsidiary organizations.
  • The development of agriculture and water control projects were a catalyst for the development of governments.
  • Starting at the end of the 17th century, the prevalence of republican forms of government grew.
  • In the nineteenth and twentieth century, there was a significant increase in the size and scale of government at the national level.
  • In political science, it has long been a goal to create a typology or taxonomy of polities.
  • Governments are typically organized into distinct institutions constituting branches of government each with particular powers, functions, duties, and responsibilities.
  • Presently, most governments are administered by members of an explicitly constituted political party which coordinates the activities of associated government officials and candidates for office.
  • Democracy is the most popular form of government with more than half of the nations in the world being democracies.
  • The world is becoming more authoritarian with a quarter of the world's population under democratically backsliding governments.


Test your knowledge of government systems and structures with this informative quiz! From the history of government to modern political systems, this quiz covers a wide range of topics related to governance. Whether you're a student of political science or simply curious about how governments work, this quiz offers a fun and engaging way to learn more about this important topic. Challenge yourself and see how much you know about the different forms of government, their institutions, and their functions.

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