Democracy is not a new conception. The ancient Athenians (1)______
had a democratic system. Their democracy was the same as
American democracy in many ways. Furthermore, there are (2)______
several important differences between their democracy and ours.
The ancient Athenian citizens voted for
their representatives, and they also voted for certain issues. (3)______
Moreover, any qualified citizen could become public official. The (4)______
ancient Athenian democratic government also protected the
citizens’ right private property, encouraging private business and (5)______
supported public education.
A similar system of representative government exists in the
United States. United States citizens vote for their
representatives, they can impeach representatives, too. (6)______
American citizens also vote on certain important matters. In the
United States, like in ancient Athens, any qualified citizen can (7)______
become a public official. The government of this country also
protects private property, encourages private business enterprise.
and supports public education.
The major difference between these two forms of
democracy is the definition of citizen. In ancient Athens a
citizen was a free man, not a woman and a slave. Women and (8)______
slaves were largest part of the population; thus, the Athenian (9)______
democracy was not broadly representative. In the United States,
however, all American men and women, of all races and
religions, are citizens. Slavery is legal in this country. (10)______
Therefore, American democracy is more broadly representative.
In brief, democracy is an old and varied concept. In the
Past it meant different things to many different people.
3.for—on 就某事进行投票应该用“vote on sth.”，投票支持某人才用“vote for sb.”。
4.^public-a official 作“官员”讲时是可数名词，故单数时应添加不定冠词。
7.1ike—as like like表“像……一样”时后一般接名词性成分，而as可以接介词短语。
8.and—or或and ^a—not 这里要表达的“既不是一个妇女，也不是一个奴隶”为否定成分并列，所以有这两种改法。