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Example of an Item Used to Assess Civics Content Knowledge (1999 International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement Civic Education Study)

17. Which of the following is most likely to cause a government to be called non-democratic?

A. People are prevented from criticizing the government.*

B. The political parties criticize each other often.

C. People must pay very high taxes.

D. Every citizen has the right to a job.

* Asterisk indicates correct answer.

Source: Judith Torney-Purta, Rainer Lehmann, Hans Oswald, and Wolfram Schulz, Citizenship and Education in Twenty-Eight Countries: Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age Fourteen (Amsterdam: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2001), 46. Reproduced with permission.