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What generalization can be made about the relationship between GDP and literacy?
a) Literacy is always lower in countries with a higher GDP.
b) There is no relationship between a country's GDP and its literacy rate.
c) Countries with oil wealth always have the highest literacy rate.
d) Literacy is usually higher in countries with a higher GDP.

Which BEST describes the government of Saudi Arabia?
a) Oligarchy
b) Dictatorship
c) Democracy
d) Monarchy

Which branch of government is responsible for making and carrying out the laws in a parliamentary government?
a) the courts
b) the legislature
c) the president
d) the monarch

In a presidential system of government, how is a president chosen?
a) by a decision of the national courts
b) by the political party with the most representatives in the legislature
c) in a separate vote from the one that chooses the legislature
d) by a majority vote of the legislature

What are the Five Pillars?
a) the first five books of the Qur\'an
b) five basic obligations that Muslims are supposed to do in their lives
c) five beliefs shared by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
d) the five columns that support the roof of the Ka'aba

Which country's government is LEAST controlled by religion or religious leaders?
a) Iran
b) none are influenced by religion
c) Saudi Arabia
d) Israel

Why is Iran sometimes called a theocratic republic?
a) Iran's religious leaders make all the laws for the country.
b) Both an elected parliament and powerful religious leaders lead Iran's government.
c) The people of Iran have no say in choosing their government leaders.
d) Religious leaders decide which Iranian citizens can vote.

Who takes on the financial risk in starting a new business in a market economy?
a) economists
b) combination of government planners and economists
c) government planners
d) entrepreneurs

Why do most economies in the world today operate somewhere between a market and a command economy?
a) Most consumers prefer government control to a free market system.
b) Most countries have found they need a mix of free market and government control to be successful.
c) Government control of some aspects of the economy has never been successful in the modern world.
d) Government control always makes a market economy more profitable.

How has Israel made up for its lack of natural resources?
a) They have put everyone to work and have no unemployment.
b) Israelis have refused to import oil, saving huge amounts of money each year.
c) They have relied primarily on farming to keep their economy running.
d) They have developed a strong technology sector of their economy.

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