This is a brief 2 page reading on the idea of communism & Karl Marx. Each page has reading on the left column and questions in the right column. Students can find the answers to the questions in the text next to the question. There is a third SUMMARY PAGE with questions for the students to turn in as a grade, but pages 1 & 2 I let the students keep as their notes. If they have done well on 1 & 2, page 3 is a breeze. There is also a "self check" answer key for pages 1 & 2 so students can check their answers before moving on to page 3. There is no key for page 3 as that is how I assess what they have learned. The entire activity should take a student 15-20 minutes tops.
I have used this as both homework or classwork depending upon the year and it has received positive feedback from students.