These worksheets look at all the major concepts and themes found in the modern era.

Democracy is system of government that is driven by the citizens through decisions made by voting. The main principles of democracy include: 1) a political system where representatives of the people are chosen through free elections. 2) Human rights exist for all citizens. 3) The rule of law applies equally to all citizens. 4) Citizens actively participate and recognize their responsibility as a citizen. Democracy in and of itself create a healthy competition among citizens.

The worksheets below explain the modern concept of a democracy, the Electoral College, political parties, Special Interest Groups; we also explore what it takes to run for office.

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Democracy Reading Passage

A democracy is a system of government in which the people have a direct say in what is going on. A democracy is different from a monarchy or a dictatorship.

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Democracy - Multiple Choice Questions

Democratic governments tend to have certain things in common.

The Electoral College

Anyone can be an elector, though Senators and Representatives are not allowed to be electors.

The Electoral College - Short Answer Questions

In most states, all the electors are given to one presidential candidate.

Special Interest Groups

A democracy is a system of government in which the people have a direct say in what is going on.

QUESTIONS: Special Interest Groups

Most special interest groups fall into one of two categories.

Running for Office

In the United States, it is possible for any U.S. citizen to run for President. There are some basic requirements.

QUESTIONS: Running for Office

Running for office cost a great deal of money. Expenses include printing campaign signs, running television commercials, and traveling.

The Origins of Democracy

In Athens in the 4th and 5th centuries BCE, there were between 30 and 60 thousand male citizens who each enjoyed the right to be directly involved in the political decisions which influenced their daily lives.

QUESTIONS: The Origins of Democracy

Although Athenian democracy in this form only survived for several hundred years, it was one of ancient Greece's most important contributions to the world.

Advantages of Democracy Reading Passage

A democracy has as its foundation the interests of its citizens, and the citizens have a say in what goes on in a democratic society.

QUESTIONS: Advantages of Democracy

A democracy prevents any single individual or group from becoming too powerful.

Disadvantages of Democracy

Theoretically, anyone can run for office in a democracy. But the reality is that running for office cost a great deal of money.

QUESTIONS: Disadvantages of Democracy

In a democracy every citizen has an equal vote, and this is generally considered one of the advantages of democracies.

The Social Contract Reading Worksheet

In 1762, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau published a book called The Social Contract.

The Social Contract - Short Answer Questions

The Social Contract started with the idea of freedom. In a state of nature, Rousseau argued, people's behavior is unrestrained,

Constitutions

A constitution is a document that sets out the legal structure on which the power or authority of a government rests.

Constitutions- Multiple Choice Questions

While most democratic countries have a constitution, a country can be democratic without having a constitution.

Political Parties

A political party is a group of citizens who join together in an organized way to gain control of the government in order to advance their interests.

Political Parties - Short Answer

The United States has a two-party system. With only two parties, either can potentially win a majority in the legislature.