Question 1: “”Is Iran a democracy?”” The idea behind this answer is to consider what defines democracy and then apply the arguments to the case of Iran (see the Week 5 lesson). This is an evaluation similar to our study of Russia in the forums, and the question of whether it deserved a different label than democracy or authoritarianism. In this answer, use your readings from Weeks 4-8. You’ll need to be a little familiar with Iran’s system, so be sure to read the Lessons for information on this (don’t write off the cuff). In the answer write on three (3) views: (a) Why do some people consider Iran partially a democracy? (b) Why do others consider it different from a democracy? (c) What’s your verdict and why?
Question 2: “”Culture and Politics.”” Using your readings, write about three (3) ways that an understanding of culture helps us study political systems. What would we be missing in our studies of comparative politics if we neglect culture? What examples illustrate the need for including it? 
Important:  Number the questions on your paper and write a topic/thesis sentence that indicates the question you are answering.  (See the midterm assignment for a reminder about how to write a thesis sentence.)  You do not need to rewrite the question as long as the numbers correspond.  Papers presented with no indication of the questions’ being answered will be returned.