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Quiz questions related to a brief history of democracy in the world

Richard Bloodworth



According to The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, no law is legitimate unless it is an expression of the general will.
True_____________ False
In 594BC Solon introduced democracy on a large scale in Athens, Greece.
True_____________ False
________ ______________________________
Who said the following:

A democracy is a state where the freemen and the poor, being in the majority, are invested with the power of the state ... The most pure democracy is that which is so called principality from that equality which prevails in it; for this is what the law in that state directs; that the poor shall be in no greater subjection than the rich, nor that the supreme power shall be lodged in either of these, but that both shall share it. For if liberty and equality, as some persons suppose, are chiefly to be found in a democracy, it must be so by every department of government being alike open to all; but as the people are the majority; and what they vote is law, it follows that such a state must be a democracy.
Rousseau ______ Jefferson______ Aristotle______ Montesquieu ______ Plato




the word "democracy" is from the Greek term demokratia: demos -- krotos

demos means:

freedom _____ belief _____ system___ the people____ equal
krotos means:

critical _____ many _____ cryptic _____ coin_____ rule

Who were the first people to form a democratic empire?
Romans_____ Athenians_____ British_____ French_____ Americans____

Sortition means:
organizing_____ equal rights_____ execution by poison_____ casting of lots_____ sudden realization

Ancient Rome during the Roman Empire was oligarchic and eventually became democratic.
True __________ False

Ancient Greece did not have separation of powers.

True __________ False

Plato had a high opinion of democracy.

True__________ False

In the 16th and 17th centuries the feudal system in Europe eventually developed into:

democracies ___ representative governments___ absolute monarchies ___ republics ___ anarchies

What event revived the concept of democracy after it lay dormant for over 2000 years following its inception?

French Revolution _ War Between the States_ Russian Revolution_ American Revolution_ War of 1812

The modern view of the supremacy of constitutional law is derived from the medieval belief that kings were subject to the law of God, the law of natural reason, and the law of the land, and the kings who violated these laws were considered tyrants.

True __________ False


England developed its Parliament immediately after the reign of King Henry VIII.

True__________ False

John Locke's second treatise Of Civil Government in 1690 stated that property (which consisted of life, liberty, and estate) is a natural right for all people and governments are instituted to protect these rights.
True __________ False

Who first said that legislative and executive powers should be separated to prevent governments from becoming abusive?
Aristotle ______ Montesquieu ______ Rousseau ______ Jefferson ______ Locke

Who added the third power, the judicial, to the branches of government?
Aristotle ______ Montesquieu ______ Rousseau ______ Jefferson ______ Franklin

Concerning the issue of sovereign authority, who advocated direct democracy?
Aristotle ______ Montesquieu ______ Rousseau ______ Jefferson ______ Locke
The French Revolution's motto was:
All Men are Created Equal
Peace above all
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality
United We Stand, Divided We Fall

In Representative Government John Stuart Mill extolled the necessity, importance, rationality, and wisdom of the majority.

True __________ False
The majority of the world's governments are democratic.
True__________ False




Reference: Democracy. (1970). Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.