Test: GED Social Studies

The following question refers to the information contained in this passage.

Communism is an economic system where the government controls property and the means of production. Its primary intention is to promote economic equality and normalize the standard of living. In theory, a perfect communist system would result in no man having more or less than his neighbor and would involve everyone doing an equal amount of work for an equal incentive—the good of the collective whole. Yet, every time pure communism has been attempted on a large scale in human history it has resulted in widespread famine and poverty. Why might this be? Well, the simplest answer is human nature. The positive aspects—our competitive nature, our desire to better ourselves and our families lives—and the negative—our inability to work hard without incentive, our desire to manipulate one another—all combine to favor an economic system that is based on competition and individually-motivated reward.


The author of this passage is primarily arguing _______________.

against the complete rejection of Communism

against the idea that Communism can be enforced on a smaller scale

that Communism fails because it always results in widespread famine and poverty

for a nation-building experiment in Communism on a smaller scale

that Communism fails because it goes against basic human nature

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