GED Social Studies : Authoritarianism

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Example Questions

Example Question #4 : Types Of Government

In a totalitarian government __________

Possible Answers:

the people elect representatives to a legislative body.

the political authority wields absolute and unchallenged power.

power is heavily decentralized to a series of local governments.

no one man can ever wield absolute power due to a series of checks and balances on the Executive.

political authority rests in the hands of a theocratic oligarchy.

Correct answer:

the political authority wields absolute and unchallenged power.

Explanation:

A totalitarian government, also called an autocracy, is defined by an extremely centralized government in which one person, or one group, wields complete and unchallenged control over the rest of the state. Totalitarian governments are increasingly uncommon around the world, but certainly far from nonexistent.

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