SS7CG5 Compare the parliamentary
democracy of the State of Israel, the
monarchy of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, and the theocracy of the
Islamic Republic of Iran
Called the Knesset
Leader of the Knesset is called a Prime
All citizens over the age of 18 can vote
Elections are held every 4 years, unless
the majority the party in power begins to
lose the support of a majority of Knesset
members, then a special election is held
A member of the al-Saud family since the
Family members, influential business/religious
leaders make decisions and laws
No written constitution, the king rules for life
Saudi law is based on the Quran known as
Nearly all Saudi citizens are Muslims
Only men 21 and older can vote
Theocracy-government in which God is seen as
the true leader of the government and the
country’s religious leaders serve as political
Leader called Supreme Leader
Elected president and legislature
Over the age of 18 can vote
Shia clerics/leaders play a huge role in politics
Ayatollah-title given to Shia religious leaders
who have been recognized for their great
understanding of religious law
The Israeli parliament is called the
House of Representatives
2. Who is allowed to vote in Israeli
a. All citizens 16 years of age or older
b. All citizens 18 years of age or older
Only men who can prove they are Israeli
d. Only those who were actually born in
State of Israel
3. How often are elections for the national
government held in Israel?
a. Elections are held every six years
b. Party members are elected for life
Religious leaders can require new
elections whenever they like.
d. Elections are held every four years
unless the ruling party calls for them to
be held sooner.
4. Saudi Arabia is ruled by a
b. Popularly elected president
d. Group of leading religious leaders
5. How long does a monarch rule?
a. One elected term
b. A term of ten years
As long as parliament allows him to rule
d. Until he dies or chooses to give up
6. What role do the people play in a
government that is a monarchy like that
of Saudi Arabia?
a. They have the power to vote a ruler out
b. The people get to approve the laws
made by the ruler.
They are guaranteed certain rights by
their written constitution.
d. They have little influence, as the ruler
makes most decisions.
What is Shariah law?
Laws made by the king alone
Laws based on parliamentary democracy
Laws based on the teachings of the
Laws calling for a separation of church
8. What is the definition of a “theocracy”?
a. A government that sees God as the
b. A government that allows the people to
choose the leaders
A system in which religious law and civil
law are separate
d. A system in which only religious leaders
are allowed to vote
9. Why is Iran sometimes called a theocratic
a. Iran’s religious leaders make all the laws
for the country
b. Religious leaders decide which Iranian
citizens can vote
The people of Iran have no say in
choosing their government leaders
d. Iran’s government is led by both an
elected parliament and powerful religious
10. What is an Ayatollah?
a. A Christian priest
b. A Shia religious leader
The title of a local governor
d. A leader of a Jewish congregation
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