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  • 1. 
    Treaties must be approved by
    • A. 

      A majority of the House and Senate

    • B. 

      Two-thirds of the Senators voting on the treaty

    • C. 

      A majority of the House of Representatives

    • D. 

      Three-fourths of the Senate


  • 2. 
    A public opinion survey is done and it is reported that the results are not statistically significant.  What does this mean?
    • A. 

      It means that there are insufficient responses to consider the survey valid.

    • B. 

      It means that the results could be due to chance.

    • C. 

      It means that different surveys have different results.

    • D. 

      It means that the findings of the survey are not substantively important.


  • 3. 
    Concerning the application of rights in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights to the states, which of the following is correct?
    • A. 

      All rights in the Bill of Rights have applied to the states since the beginning.

    • B. 

      All rights in the Bill of Rights have applied to the states since the passage of the 14th Amendment.

    • C. 

      None of the rights in the Bill of Rights applies to the states. The states have their own bill of rights.

    • D. 

      Most of the rights in the Bill of Rights have been applied to the states based upon Supreme Court decisions. Some still do not apply.


  • 4. 
    Today's Native Americans/American Indians descended from Asiatic ancestors who arrived in North America
    • A. 

      On wooden ships

    • B. 

      Primarily on horseback

    • C. 

      Across a land bridge now submerged beneath the Bering Sea

    • D. 

      Under the leadership of a former warlord who would later become known as Chief Powhatan, the founder of the Powhatan Confederacy.


  • 5. 
    In 1620, the ______________ established self-government for the Plymouth Colonists.
    • A. 

      The Mayflower Compact

    • B. 

      The Fundamental Order of Connecticut

    • C. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      The Declaration of Rights


  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements is not true?
    • A. 

      At the time of the American Revolution, most white residents of the 13 colonies were either of norther or western European descent.

    • B. 

      The Naturalization Act of 1790 made citizenship -- and all of its accompanying rights -- available to free white men of European descent and only to free white men of European descent.

    • C. 

      The right to be educated in the language spoken in their homes was first granted during the 1820s to Pennsylvania's German speaking population.

    • D. 

      Less than half of all southern whites belonged to slave-owning families


  • 7. 
    Yugoslavia was initially established as a kingdom of Serbs, Slovenes, and 
    • A. 

      Croats

    • B. 

      Bosnians

    • C. 

      Turks

    • D. 

      Hungarians


  • 8. 
    In 1939, the Kingdom of Siam became officially known as 
    • A. 

      Indonesia

    • B. 

      Cambodia

    • C. 

      Burma

    • D. 

      Thailand


  • 9. 
    Which of the following statements was not a result of the aftermath of communism's 1989 collapse in Eastern Europe?
    • A. 

      Industrial production continued relatively unabated.

    • B. 

      Living standards immediately rose.

    • C. 

      Governments attempted to bring about economic stabilization.

    • D. 

      Prices increased dramatically


  • 10. 
    Mercantilism was an economic policy that attempted to obtain a favorable balance of trade that would result in the maximum inflows of gold and silver.  During what century was this economic theory popular?
    • A. 

      16th

    • B. 

      19th

    • C. 

      13th

    • D. 

      21st


  • 11. 
    An examination of 750 circuit boards produced by AMPEX Corp. revealed that 15 were defective.  At this rate, how many defective circuit boards would there be in a lot of 12,750
    • A. 

      115

    • B. 

      255

    • C. 

      275

    • D. 

      350


  • 12. 
    A television is on sale for 20% off.  If the sale price is $800, what was the original price?
    • A. 

      $160

    • B. 

      $640

    • C. 

      $960

    • D. 

      $1,000


  • 13. 
    Dan Preston arrives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and wishes to convert $300 U.S. dollars to Canadian dollars.  If one U.S. dollar is worth $1.47 in Canadian currency, how many Canadian dollars does Dan receive?
    • A. 

      $141

    • B. 

      $204

    • C. 

      $441

    • D. 

      $447


  • 14. 
    A blueprint has a scale of 3 feet per 1/2 inch.  If a bathroom is 1 1/2 inches X 2 inches, what are its actual dimensions?
    • A. 

      4 1/2 feet X 6 feet

    • B. 

      6 feet X 7 1/2 feet

    • C. 

      7 1/2 feet X 9 feet

    • D. 

      9 feet X 12 feet


  • 15. 
    Top management are compensated more because they are valuable to the organization.  These top managers do more
    • A. 

      Organizing

    • B. 

      Planning

    • C. 

      Directing

    • D. 

      Controlling


  • 16. 
    Why is delegation of authority crucial to the successful execution of company operations?
    • A. 

      It gives the top management more time to think and develop strategic business directions.

    • B. 

      It makes the entire company more structured and easier to account for financially.

    • C. 

      It empowers the employees to make commitments, use resources, and take whatever actions to ensure customer satisfaction.

    • D. 

      It provides jobs so that there will be many mid-level and low-level managers.


  • 17. 
    A figure of speech in which a comparison is made by using "as" or "like" is a:
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Metaphor

    • C. 

      Synecdoche

    • D. 

      Cacophony


  • 18. 
    Slander means:
    • A. 

      To exaggerate

    • B. 

      To reveal only the negative aspects of an idea or person

    • C. 

      To use another person's ideas and claim them as your own

    • D. 

      To make statements about a person that are injurious to the reputation of a person


  • 19. 
    A new trend has developed in the computer world in which one's work can now be saved using a device that plugs into the USB ports of their computer.  This device is known as a
    • A. 

      Jump drive or flash drive

    • B. 

      Zip disk

    • C. 

      3.5" floppy disk

    • D. 

      DVD-RW


  • 20. 
    Which of the following is considered an output device (produces information from processing):
    • A. 

      Mouse

    • B. 

      Digital camera

    • C. 

      Printer

    • D. 

      Zip drive


  • 21. 
    Which of the following describes the Executive Office of the President?
    • A. 

      It is the formal name for the Cabinet.

    • B. 

      It contains offices such as the Environmental Protection Administration that are cabinet level but not cabinet departments.

    • C. 

      It consists of offices that advise the president.

    • D. 

      It refers only to those in the White House who write speeches for the president and give political advice


  • 22. 
    The filibuster has been used to prevent a bill from passing in the Senate.  Why hasn't it been as much of a concern in recent years?
    • A. 

      It has been eliminated by Senate rules.

    • B. 

      The introduction of cloture has allowed the Senate to end filibusters. Most filibusters are ended today by cloture.

    • C. 

      The Senate limits a filibuster today to 30 hours.

    • D. 

      The Senate has a track system that allows it to move on to other business if a filibuster stops work on a particular bill or appointment.


  • 23. 
    A state added a constitutional amendment to its state constitution.  Can the Congress overturn such an amendment?
    • A. 

      Yes, only by passing a federal Constitutional Amendment approved by the states.

    • B. 

      Yes, by either passing a law or enacting a federal Constitutional Amendment, approved by the states.

    • C. 

      No, states can do what they want.

    • D. 

      Yes, by passing a resolution with a two-thirds vote.


  • 24. 
    Which of the following amendments to the U.S. Constitution conferred automatic U.S citizenship on all persons born in the United States.
    • A. 

      The 13th Amendment

    • B. 

      The 14th Amendment

    • C. 

      The 15th Amendment

    • D. 

      The 16th Amendment


  • 25. 
    Which of the following did not occur during the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction?
    • A. 

      The first large-scale attempt by the federal government to bring about racial equality by intervening and spending large amounts of money to help one group improve its position relative to other groups.

    • B. 

      Former Confederate states were placed under martial law.

    • C. 

      The passage of the 14th Amendment.

    • D. 

      Souther states passing and enforcing laws that effectively denied blacks the right to vote.


  • 26. 
    One of the most widely traded agricultural commodities on the planet, coffee grows best in
    • A. 

      Tropical lowlands

    • B. 

      Temperate lowlands

    • C. 

      Tropical highlands

    • D. 

      Temperate mountain zones


  • 27. 
    Emperor Napoleon III (Louis Napoleon) fell from power
    • A. 

      During the Crimean War

    • B. 

      During the Paris Commune

    • C. 

      During the Franco Prussian War

    • D. 

      After being deposed by the Directory


  • 28. 
    From 1895 until the end of the Second World War, Korea was dominated by
    • A. 

      China

    • B. 

      Russia

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      France


  • 29. 
    Price controls (such as fixing the price for gas or renting apartments) are generally opposed by economists because
    • A. 

      Economists believe that price controls generally cause distorted asset allocation

    • B. 

      Economists believe that price controls can lead to a shortage of products on the open market

    • C. 

      Alternative (and often illegal) distribution mechanisms emerge to avoid the price controls.

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 30. 
    Many trade economists argue that closing off an economy to international market forces creates critical inefficiencies as local producers become ____________, expending resources on cornering artificially created markets via specially acquired licenses, legitimate legislation, or personal connections.
    • A. 

      Corrupt

    • B. 

      Import-substituting forces

    • C. 

      Self-reliant

    • D. 

      Rent-seekers


  • 31. 
    Tanya's bowling scores this week were 112, 156, 179, 165.  Last week, her average score was 140.  How many points did her average improve?
    • A. 

      18

    • B. 

      13

    • C. 

      11

    • D. 

      8


  • 32. 

    Between which two consecutive years was the percent of decrease in sales for video game X the greatest?
    • A. 

      Year 1 to year 2

    • B. 

      Year 2 to year 3

    • C. 

      Year 3 to year 4

    • D. 

      Year 4 to year 5


  • 33. 

    Sales in Year 3 accounted for approximately what percent of the total sales for the five years shown?
    • A. 

      23%

    • B. 

      43%

    • C. 

      46%

    • D. 

      75%


  • 34. 

    The following table lists the number of points that each of the 7 players on a particular team scored during a basketball tournament.If the number of points that Dean scored is reported incorrectly in the local newspaper as 27, which of the following statements is true?
    • A. 

      The mean, median, mode, and range of players' points will change.

    • B. 

      The median and the mode will remain the same, but the mean and the range will change.

    • C. 

      The median, mode, and range will remain the same, but the mean will change.

    • D. 

      The median and the mean will remain the same, but the mode and the range will change.


  • 35. 
    Which form of business ownership has restricted liability, lower taxation, and fewer government restrictions?
    • A. 

      Sole proprietorship

    • B. 

      Partnership

    • C. 

      Limited liability corporation

    • D. 

      Cooperatives


  • 36. 
    Customization in operations management is
    • A. 

      Making identical, interchangeable components or products

    • B. 

      The creation of an item in self-contained units that can be combined or interchanged to create different products

    • C. 

      Making products meet a particular customer's needs or wants

    • D. 

      Making the best product to clear immigration customs


  • 37. 
    In interpersonal communication, the encoder is
    • A. 

      The message

    • B. 

      The listener/receiver

    • C. 

      The situation in which the message is given

    • D. 

      The speaker/sender


  • 38. 
    An example of selective perception is:
    • A. 

      Listening only to message with which you agree

    • B. 

      Selecting only parts of a message in which you are interested

    • C. 

      Remembering only what you wish

    • D. 

      Understanding a message as distorted; trying to make it fit with previously held ideas


  • 39. 
    The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides protection for
    • A. 

      Freedom of speech

    • B. 

      Freedom of the press

    • C. 

      Freedom of religious practices

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 40. 
    A bit is defined as 
    • A. 

      Approximately 1 million bytes of data

    • B. 

      A single character

    • C. 

      The most basic element of computer data

    • D. 

      Approximately 1 trillion bytes of data


  • 41. 
    The maximize button performs which of the following activities:
    • A. 

      Removes the program window from the desktop but keeps the program running

    • B. 

      Closes a document window or exits a program

    • C. 

      Restores a program window to the size it was set before it was maximized

    • D. 

      Expands the program window until it covers the entire desktop


  • 42. 
    The Social Security system was established based upon the trust fund structure.  What has happened to the trust funds?
    • A. 

      They have eliminated all trust funds that were originally established.

    • B. 

      They have consolidated the trust funds into a single fund.

    • C. 

      They have several trust funds (for example, disability, old-age retirement, hospital insurance)

    • D. 

      They have two trust funds. One must be invested in U.S. government bonds and the other allows individuals to invest in stock index funds.


  • 43. 
    Amicus Curiae briefs are filed with the courts.  What are they?
    • A. 

      They are briefs filed by the appellants.

    • B. 

      They are briefs filed by those who are not participants in the case.

    • C. 

      They are briefs filed by the government.

    • D. 

      They are parts of a court's decision that do not act as precedent for future cases.


  • 44. 
    Congressional oversight is a term used to signify
    • A. 

      When Congress includes preferences for some group in a piece of legislation

    • B. 

      When Congress exercises review of some activity of the executive branch

    • C. 

      When Congress leaves out a crucial element in legislation

    • D. 

      When Congress fails to provide sufficient funds for a program


  • 45. 
    Which of the following was passed during what historians and political scientists have labeled the Progressive Era?
    • A. 

      The Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    • B. 

      The Taft-Hartley Act

    • C. 

      The Emergency Banking Act

    • D. 

      The Hawley-Smoot Act


  • 46. 
    Which of the following concerning American movies and the American Motion Picture Industry is not true?
    • A. 

      Thomas Edison was the first American to patent and market a commercial motion-picture camera.

    • B. 

      During the early years of American movie production, the rate of attendance of non-English-speaking immigrants was lower than the attendance rate of middle class, native-born Americans

    • C. 

      During the second decade of the 20th century, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that movies were a business and not a form of communication and, therefore, their contents were not protected by the 1st Amendment.

    • D. 

      The First talking movie debuted during the 1920s


  • 47. 
    The ___________ Act gave American workers the right to belong to labor unions and engage in collective bargaining.
    • A. 

      The Wagner Act

    • B. 

      The Walsh-Healy Act

    • C. 

      The Fair Standards Act

    • D. 

      The Taft-Hartley Act


  • 48. 
    The city of Istanbul's strategic location gives Turkey control of access to
    • A. 

      The Aegean

    • B. 

      The Black Sea

    • C. 

      The Baltic Sea

    • D. 

      The Red Sea


  • 49. 
    Northern Ireland has what status within the United Kingdom?
    • A. 

      It is an autonomous member of the commonwealth of former British colonies.

    • B. 

      It is a crown colony.

    • C. 

      It is an integral part of the United Kingdom.

    • D. 

      It is no longer a member of the Commonwealth.


  • 50. 
    While shock therapy is well known for its controversial effect on the Russian and Polish economies, it was first applied to this South American economy:
    • A. 

      Chile

    • B. 

      Brazil

    • C. 

      Argentina

    • D. 

      Bolivia


  • 51. 
    Economists view ticket scalping as
    • A. 

      An illegitimate enterprise, because the consumer is charged many times over the market price for the tickets

    • B. 

      A legitimate and voluntary transaction in which the two parties believe they are exchanging articles of like value

    • C. 

      Having no consequence or importance

    • D. 

      None of the above is true


  • 52. 
    OPEC is an example of this economic phenomenon:
    • A. 

      Monopoly

    • B. 

      Cartel

    • C. 

      Economic community

    • D. 

      Free trade zone


  • 53. 
    The Beta Company has 9 employees.  There are 4 associates, each of whom earns $35,000 a year.  There are also 2 managers, each earning $47,000 a year, 1 director earning $52,000, 1 vice president earning $56,000, and 1 owner earning $450,000 a year.What is the average (arithmetic mean) annual income of the employees at Beta Company?
    • A. 

      $88,000

    • B. 

      $92,000

    • C. 

      $95,000

    • D. 

      $128,000


  • 54. 
    The Beta Company has 9 employees.  There are 4 associates, each of whom earns $35,000 a year.  There are also 2 managers, each earning $47,000 a year, 1 director earning $52,000, 1 vice president earning $56,000, and 1 owner earning $450,000 a year.What is the median annual income of the employees at the Beta Company?
    • A. 

      $35,000

    • B. 

      $47,000

    • C. 

      $49,500

    • D. 

      $52,000


  • 55. 
    The Beta Company has 9 employees.  There are 4 associates, each of whom earns $35,000 a year.  There are also 2 managers, each earning $47,000 a year, 1 director earning $52,000, 1 vice president earning $56,000, and 1 owner earning $450,000 a year.What is the modal annual income of the Employees at the Beta Company?
    • A. 

      $35,000

    • B. 

      $47,000

    • C. 

      $52,000

    • D. 

      $56,000


  • 56. 
    What is the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)?
    • A. 

      Foster better international trade relations

    • B. 

      Develop trading product lists

    • C. 

      Register trading companies and make sure they are legitimate

    • D. 

      Regulate business practices and curb false advertising, misleading pricing, and deceptive packaging and labeling


  • 57. 
    An Equal Opportunity Employer will not discriminate against an employee based on race, religion, gender, national origin, or color.  However in certain circumstances, which one of the following can be a discriminatory factor for employment?
    • A. 

      Race

    • B. 

      Religion

    • C. 

      Color

    • D. 

      Gender


  • 58. 
    What is the marketing concept?
    • A. 

      A group of people who have a need, purchasing power, and the desire and authority to spend money on goods, services, and ideas

    • B. 

      A plan of action for developing, pricing, distributing, and promoting products that meet the need of specific customers

    • C. 

      A group of activities designed to expedite transactions by creating, distributing, pricing, and promoting goods, services, and ideas

    • D. 

      The idea that an organization should try to satisfy customers' needs through coordinated activities that also allow it to achieve its own goal


  • 59. 
    Yellow journalism refers to
    • A. 

      Newspapers printed on paper stock that quickly deteriorates and turns yellow

    • B. 

      Alternate or underground newspapers, often anti-institutional

    • C. 

      Newspapers printed in color

    • D. 

      A newspaper characterized by sensational journalism


  • 60. 
    A controlled-circulation magazine is
    • A. 

      One sold only to adults at magazine counters

    • B. 

      Controlled by the desires of its readers who subscribe to it

    • C. 

      One whose production and mailing is supported not by charging readers, but usually through advertising revenues, and the publisher decides on its readership

    • D. 

      One sent only to certain areas of the country, controlled by zip code


  • 61. 
    Computer monitors use the same type of technology that television sets do.  Which of the following is the technology that they share?
    • A. 

      Cathode ray tube (CRT)

    • B. 

      Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    • C. 

      Computer television rays (CTR)

    • D. 

      Information technology (IT)


  • 62. 
    The resolution of a printer is measured in:
    • A. 

      Megabits

    • B. 

      Dots per inch (DPI)

    • C. 

      Inches

    • D. 

      Bytes


  • 63. 
    Dan has created a ten-page essay, but he wants to print only the first three pages.  Which of the following printer commands should he use?
    • A. 

      Page setup

    • B. 

      Print preview

    • C. 

      From _____ to ______

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 64. 
    The Necessary and Proper Clause in the Constitution did what?
    • A. 

      Allowed states to retain powers not given to the federal government

    • B. 

      Gave the federal government the power to legislate for the health, safety, and welfare of the people

    • C. 

      Gave the president the power to act in times of national emergency

    • D. 

      Allowed the Congress to enact laws that were seen as needed to carry out the powers listed in Article I


  • 65. 
    What is a restricted rule in the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      A rule that permits no amendments to a bill

    • B. 

      A rule that permits some specified amendments to a bill

    • C. 

      A rule that keeps former members from the floor on issues they had been involved with as legislators

    • D. 

      A rule specifying how much legislators can accept from lobbyists for honoraria for speeches


  • 66. 
    Concerning the current balance of trade, which of the following is correct?
    • A. 

      It is in balance because of military assistance.

    • B. 

      It is in balance because of outsourcing.

    • C. 

      It is imbalanced. We buy more from overseas than we sell.

    • D. 

      It is imbalanced. We sell more overseas than we buy.


  • 67. 
    The negotiation of treaties and international agreements is the responsibility of 
    • A. 

      The Senate

    • B. 

      The House of Representatives

    • C. 

      The Executive Branch

    • D. 

      The Judiciary


  • 68. 
    Which amendment gave women the right to vote?
    • A. 

      The 16th

    • B. 

      The 17th

    • C. 

      The 18th

    • D. 

      The 19th


  • 69. 
    Which of the following regarding the Marshall Plan is not true?
    • A. 

      It aided in the post-World War II European economic recovery.

    • B. 

      It contributed to post-World War II American economic prosperity.

    • C. 

      It provided procedural guidelines for the integration of racially segregated schools in the American South.

    • D. 

      It is so-called because its major goals and intentions were first and most clearly and systematically stated by General George Marshall.


  • 70. 
    Which of the following former U.S. vice-presidents was tried for treason but later acquitted?
    • A. 

      John Breckinridge

    • B. 

      Aaron Burr

    • C. 

      John Calhoun

    • D. 

      Garret Hobart


  • 71. 
    According to the recent census, there are more than 34 million foreign-born individuals in the United States.  The largest group of this population come from 
    • A. 

      Latin America

    • B. 

      Asia

    • C. 

      Europe

    • D. 

      Africa


  • 72. 
    The dominant ethnic group in the Yucatan Peninsula is
    • A. 

      Inca

    • B. 

      Mayan

    • C. 

      Cambodian

    • D. 

      Laotian


  • 73. 
    The fundamental goal of Sinn Fein is
    • A. 

      To establish a unified Irish Republic without British involvement

    • B. 

      To keep Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom

    • C. 

      To establish an independent, Protestant state of Ulster

    • D. 

      To establish a religious, Catholic government in Northern Ireland


  • 74. 
    The government of the Union of Myanmar, or Burma, responded to the electoral victory of the democratic opposition in 1990 by
    • A. 

      Handing over power to the newly elected government

    • B. 

      Forming a coalition government with the opposition

    • C. 

      Jailing the opposition leadership

    • D. 

      None of the above


  • 75. 
    The key U.S. Cabinet-level agency charged with negotiating international trade agreements is
    • A. 

      The United States Trade Representative (USTR)

    • B. 

      The Department of State

    • C. 

      The Department of Commerce

    • D. 

      The Department of Treasury


  • 76. 
    In this digital age, instant communication and monetary transfers can have a profound effect on events in other countries.  If, in the Tokyo market the dollar drops sharply against the Japanese yen,
    • A. 

      The price of gold on the Zurich Exchange will likely rise

    • B. 

      Pork belly futures will plummet

    • C. 

      American tourists will flock to Tokyo

    • D. 

      The dollar will strengthen against the euro


  • 77. 
    Joe plans on buying a 1976 Mini Cooper to tour around England for $6000 or £3000 at a $2:£1 exchange rate.  However, shortly before he goes to the bank to change his dollars to pounds, the U.S. dollar goes to $3:£1.  How many U.S. dollars will Joe have to change into pounds in order to purchase the Mini Cooper?
    • A. 

      $3,000

    • B. 

      $6,000

    • C. 

      $9,000

    • D. 

      Not enough information is provided


  • 78. 
    One-eighth of a bookstore's magazines are sold on Friday.  If 1/4 of the remaining magazines are sold the next day, what fractional part of the magazines remains at the end of the second day?
    • A. 

      1/32

    • B. 

      1/8

    • C. 

      7/32

    • D. 

      21/32


  • 79. 
    An appliance originally costing $1,000 goes on sale one week for 25% off.  The following week, it is discounted an additional 10%.  what is the new sales price?
    • A. 

      $650

    • B. 

      $675

    • C. 

      $750

    • D. 

      $900


  • 80. 
    (√2)⁴ =
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      8

    • D. 

      16


  • 81. 
    What is CRM (customer relationship management)?
    • A. 

      It is the management and study of customer switching behavior.

    • B. 

      It is the use of customer information to tie up with other companies.

    • C. 

      It is the use of information about customers to create marketing strategies that develop and sustain desirable customer relationships.

    • D. 

      It is the understanding of how customers manage their finances with the company.


  • 82. 
    Manufacturers can use promotion to create consumer demand for a product so that consumers exert pressure on marketing channel members to make it available.  This is called a
    • A. 

      Pull strategy

    • B. 

      Push strategy

    • C. 

      Demand strategy

    • D. 

      Supply strategy


  • 83. 
    When analyzing financial statements, we can use ratios to help us analyze an organization's health.  Which ratio is not valid?
    • A. 

      Asset utilization ratio

    • B. 

      Cash ratio

    • C. 

      Liquidity ratio

    • D. 

      Debt utilization ratio


  • 84. 
    Which of these is not a responsibility of the Federal Reserve Board?
    • A. 

      Supervise federal deposit insurance programs of banks of the Federal Reserve System

    • B. 

      Regulate banks and other financial institutions

    • C. 

      Ensure checking accounts procedures of NAFTA countries comply

    • D. 

      Control the supply of money


  • 85. 
    The kind of radio transmission that makes possible high fidelity and static-free broadcast of music is:
    • A. 

      AM radio

    • B. 

      FM radio

    • C. 

      Short-wave radio

    • D. 

      Citizens band radio


  • 86. 
    Which of the following is the noncommercial radio network, known for its cultural and informational programming?
    • A. 

      CBS

    • B. 

      CNN

    • C. 

      ESPN

    • D. 

      NPR


  • 87. 
    A television V-Chip is
    • A. 

      A device that allows parents to block objectionable programming

    • B. 

      A technology that allows high definition television

    • C. 

      A device that digitally records shows played on a TV set

    • D. 

      A technology that automatically displays TV picture, whether it is broadcast in analog or digital


  • 88. 
    A large computer designed to meet the needs of a large organization is called a
    • A. 

      Mainframe

    • B. 

      Notebook computer

    • C. 

      Personal computer

    • D. 

      None of the above


  • 89. 
    A connection between two or more computers so that they can share resources is known as a(n)
    • A. 

      Icon

    • B. 

      Bug

    • C. 

      Network

    • D. 

      Server


  • 90. 
    What is a URL?
    • A. 

      An email address

    • B. 

      A title of a web page

    • C. 

      Bill Gate's stock symbol

    • D. 

      The address of a page on the World Wide Web


  • 91. 
    The Council of Economic Advisers advises which of the following on monetary and fiscal policy?
    • A. 

      The Federal Reserve Bank

    • B. 

      The Joint Economics committee of Congress

    • C. 

      The President of the United States

    • D. 

      The Senate Budget Committee


  • 92. 
    An email address must follow a specific form and contain certain elements; however, numerous derivatives are allowed.  Which is NOT a proper email address form?
    • A. 

      [email protected]

    • B. 

      [email protected]

    • C. 

      [email protected]

    • D. 

      [email protected]


  • 93. 
    At the end of the year you are asked to summarize the performance evaluation ratings of the nine employees that you supervise.  Their scores on a 5-point scale are 2.0, 2.5, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, and 4.5.  When reporting the descriptive statistics on your group, you have to report the mean, median, and mode of their performance evaluations.  These numbers, in correct order, are: 
    • A. 

      3.33, 3.5, 4.0

    • B. 

      3.5, 4.0, 3.33

    • C. 

      3.33, 4.0, 3.5

    • D. 

      3.33, 3.33, 4.0


  • 94. 
    Which of the following authorized Congress to legislate against slavery?
    • A. 

      13th Amendment

    • B. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

    • C. 

      Cessation of War Powers

    • D. 

      19th Amendment


  • 95. 
    When writing or producing a story, most journalists agree "background information" means that the:
    • A. 

      Source will not be specifically identified.

    • B. 

      Source will be specifically identified.

    • C. 

      Story's subject will not be specifically identified.

    • D. 

      Story's subject will be specifically identified.


  • 96. 
    You are traveling to a foreign country.  On the day of arrival you spend 168.00 in the local currency.  The exchange rate is 8.00 = $1.00 U.S.  The next day you travel to a neighboring country and spend 245.00 in that country's currency.  The exchange rate is 4.00 = $1.00 U.S.  How much, in U.S. money, did you spend in total?
    • A. 

      $62.25

    • B. 

      $81.20

    • C. 

      $82.25

    • D. 

      $84.00


  • 97. 
    The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 was expanded by President:
    • A. 

      Theodore Roosevelt to assert a U.S. right to intervene in Latin America to preserve law and order.

    • B. 

      Woodrow Wilson to support Great Britain against German aggression.

    • C. 

      Franklin Roosevelt to extend U.S. influence in the Pacific.

    • D. 

      Lyndon Johnson to protect U.S. interests in southeast Asia.


  • 98. 
    Which of the following scenarios describes a situation in which "gerrymandering" might be in evidence?
    • A. 

      A Congressional district traditionally has an almost even split between voters from each major party.

    • B. 

      One Congressional district in a state has many more voters per square mile than the other districts.

    • C. 

      An oddly shaped Congressional district has a majority of voters from one of the two major parties while surrounding districts have majorities from the other major party.

    • D. 

      The representatives from a congressional district in a large state is a member of one major party while the majority of voters in the district are members of the other major party.


  • 99. 
    All of the following are examples of United States products that would typically fail to be produced to optimal output without government intervention EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      National defense products

    • B. 

      Light provided by lighthouses

    • C. 

      New automobiles

    • D. 

      New highways


  • 100. 
    Which sub-Saharan African countries were independent at the end of World War II in 1945?
    • A. 

      Nigeria and Kenya

    • B. 

      Senegal and Ghana

    • C. 

      Mozambique, Ghana, and Somalia

    • D. 

      Liberia, Ethiopia, and South Africa


  • 101. 
    Marshall McLuhan's "global village" refers to:
    • A. 

      The persistence of traditional societies within modernized nations.

    • B. 

      The fact that the majority of the world's population still lives in rural areas.

    • C. 

      Universal access to information through electronic media.

    • D. 

      The tendency of nations to specialize as tradespeople used to a village setting.


  • 102. 
    Return on investment (ROI) is often used as an indicator of an organization's success.  If ROI is calculated by computing profits as a percentage of capital invested, which of the following statements is true when comparing Company A (net profits of $1.5 million, $6.0 million capital investment) and Company B (net profits of $1.0 million, $4.0 million capital investment)?
    • A. 

      Company A is more successful than Company B.

    • B. 

      Company B is more successful than Company A.

    • C. 

      Both companies are equally successful.

    • D. 

      Neither company is a success


  • 103. 
    People are MOST likely to feel stressed if they:
    • A. 

      Try to ignore a problem and hope it will go away.

    • B. 

      Work in a very noisy environment that makes it hard to concentrate.

    • C. 

      Believe they are incapable of dealing with a situation.

    • D. 

      Have a great many things to do both at home and at work.


  • 104. 
    Which of the following is considered the most important contribution of the ancient Greeks to modern Western civilization?
    • A. 

      Their systematic approach to knowledge.

    • B. 

      The invention of double-entry bookkeeping.

    • C. 

      The invention of coinages as a means of exchange.

    • D. 

      The conquest of Persia and Northern India.


  • 105. 
    A subordinate employee who is given a poor performance evaluation complains to the manager that the organization's lack of response to her complaint of sexual harassment by a colleague was a major factor in the decline in performance.  Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts, for what is the manager held accountable?
    • A. 

      Creating a hostile or abusive work environment.

    • B. 

      Preparing evaluations that are too strict.

    • C. 

      Being a sexual harasser.

    • D. 

      Failing to hold proper employee-employer reviews.


  • 106. 
    As a supervisor, you have noticed the poor performance of one of your subordinates.  Another manager in your department suggests that this subordinate needs some retraining, but you recognize that training will work only if the problem is that the subordinate:
    • A. 

      Lacks the material resources to do the job.

    • B. 

      Is not getting paid enough to do the job.

    • C. 

      Lacks the skills to do the job.

    • D. 

      Lacks the motivation to do the job.


  • 107. 
    A traditionally structured, effective, persuasive speech incorporates which of the following in support of a thesis or claim?
    • A. 

      Anecdotes and jargon

    • B. 

      Reasons and evidence

    • C. 

      Slippery slope arguments and circular reasoning

    • D. 

      Newspaper features and personal interviews


  • 108. 
    The War Powers Resolution specifies that U.S. troops:
    • A. 

      Cannot be sent into combat without prior congressional approval.

    • B. 

      Must be withdrawn from combat within 90 days unless Congress approves their deployment.

    • C. 

      Can only be sent into combat by order of the president in a national emergency.

    • D. 

      Cannot be sent into combat unless Congress declares war.


  • 109. 
    How did the end of World War II affect women's employment in the 1950s in the United States?
    • A. 

      Women gave up their jobs to veterans and returned to staying at home, greatly decreasing the numbers of women in paid wage labor.

    • B. 

      Women lost higher-paying jobs to veterans but many returned to lower-paying jobs.

    • C. 

      Women competed with returning veterans to keep their high-paying jobs, resulting in the first "equal pay for equal work" legislation.

    • D. 

      In order to make room for veterans to resume their old jobs, the U.S. government sponsored leadership programs to retrain women as executives and corporation managers.


  • 110. 
    The reduction in the number of newspapers in the United States is primarily due to:
    • A. 

      The better quality of and greater competition among newspapers.

    • B. 

      The lack of finances to support newspapers.

    • C. 

      Television's more comprehensive coverage of news events.

    • D. 

      Consumer preferences for listening to or watching news events.


  • 111. 
    When engaged in work activities, people are likely to be most creative when:
    • A. 

      They see their work as a valued goal in its own right.

    • B. 

      They believe that they will receive a reward separate from what the work itself provides.

    • C. 

      They see their work as a valued goal in its own right and believe they will be well paid.

    • D. 

      Pay is linked directly to productivity.


  • 112. 
    Compared to older methods of direct coercion and threat, contemporary organizations are more likely to exercise power through:
    • A. 

      Collaboration and reason.

    • B. 

      Competition and antagonism.

    • C. 

      Compassion and empathy.

    • D. 

      Manipulation and negotiation.


  • 113. 
    Which of the following countries imports the most U.S. merchandise?
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      Germany

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      United Kingdom


  • 114. 
    Which of the following extensions would appear on a file made by a word processing program?
    • A. 

      .eps

    • B. 

      .doc

    • C. 

      .xls

    • D. 

      .exe


  • 115. 
    Which of the following treaties was not approved by the U.S. Senate?
    • A. 

      Threshold Test Ban Treaty of 1974

    • B. 

      Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty of 1979

    • C. 

      Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1988

    • D. 

      Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty of 1992


  • 116. 
    Which of the following methods is LEAST likely to be effective in promoting teamwork in the workplace?
    • A. 

      Encouraging worker participation in decision-making

    • B. 

      Avoiding discipline in the interest of teamwork

    • C. 

      Showing appreciation for team efforts

    • D. 

      Being flexible in making assignments


  • 117. 
    When counseling a subordinate about unsatisfactory job performance, a manager should generally:
    • A. 

      Discuss performance problems only after completing the individual's annual written performance review.

    • B. 

      Make notes of any discussion of performance problems with the subordinate and give the employee a copy of the notes.

    • C. 

      Ensure that, during any discussion of performance problems, an agency attorney is present for the manager's protection, and advise the subordinate that he or she may have an attorney present.

    • D. 

      Have a secretary sit in and make a verbatim transcript of any discussion of performance problems to be signed by both the manager and the subordinate.


  • 118. 
    Prior to the Ottoman incursion into Europe, Kosovo was of special national significance to which of the following ethnic groups?
    • A. 

      Jews

    • B. 

      Serbs

    • C. 

      Greeks

    • D. 

      Croats


  • 119. 
    The expansion of U.S. presidential power in foreign policy is best illustrated by:
    • A. 

      The Senate's decision in regard to the Treaty of Versailles in 1919-1920.

    • B. 

      The United Nations Act of 1945.

    • C. 

      President Roosevelt's Destroyer-for-Bases deal in 1940.

    • D. 

      The War Powers Resolution of 1973.


  • 120. 
    If you see an employee staring out the window rather than working, and you judge that employee as "lazy," you may be making the:
    • A. 

      Fundamental attribution error.

    • B. 

      Self-serving bias error.

    • C. 

      Actor-observer error.

    • D. 

      Stereotyping error.


  • 121. 
    The grassland zone of Argentina is known as the:
    • A. 

      Llanos.

    • B. 

      Pampas.

    • C. 

      Andes.

    • D. 

      Gran Chaco.


  • 122. 
    What was the Trail of Tears?
    • A. 

      The path taken in 1830s by thousands of southeastern Native Americans when the U.S. government forced them to relocate west of the Mississippi River.

    • B. 

      The first transcontinental railroad route in 1863, built by the hard labor of immigrant Chinese and Irish, African Americans, and Mexican Americans.

    • C. 

      The automobile highway route in the southwestern states used during the Great Depression by thousands of Oklahoma sharecroppers migration to California.

    • D. 

      The overland route across the Rocky Mountains taken by the Mormons in 1847 when they moved from Illinois to Utah in order to find a safe haven to practice their religion.


  • 123. 
    The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate based on age, and applies to individuals at least the age of:
    • A. 

      40

    • B. 

      55

    • C. 

      62

    • D. 

      65


  • 124. 
    When do you get if you add all of your students' final grades together and then divide the total by the number of students?
    • A. 

      Deviation

    • B. 

      Mean

    • C. 

      Variance

    • D. 

      Median


  • 125. 
    According to Procedural Justice Theory, an important consideration when giving employees negative feedback about their jobs performance is to:
    • A. 

      Provide a clear explanation of why negative feedback is being provided.

    • B. 

      Clearly indicate the consequences of poor performance.

    • C. 

      Focus on personality and attitude factors that seem to underline the problem.

    • D. 

      Not become emotionally engaged in the feedback session.


  • 126. 
    You own a bond issued by a foreign government; the interest rate is 20% in that country's currency.  Last year, the currency declined by 50% against the U.S. dollar.  For last year, in dollar terms, what did you earn on the bond?
    • A. 

      70%

    • B. 

      0%

    • C. 

      10%

    • D. 

      Nothing


  • 127. 
    In public speaking, the term poisoning the well refers to:
    • A. 

      A disingenuous and vilifying definition of terms or characterization of an argument, which does not allow for reasoned opposition.

    • B. 

      A false claim that if an action is taken, an undesirable consequence necessarily and inevitably will follow.

    • C. 

      An irrelevant personal attack on one's opponent instead of a refutation of her or his position.

    • D. 

      Repetition of a claim offered as a reason in support of it.


  • 128. 
    In the federal government, the General Accounting Office reports to:
    • A. 

      Congress, on government expenditures and other tasks assigned to it.

    • B. 

      Secretary of the Treasury, on management of the debt.

    • C. 

      President, on waste and financial mismanagement.

    • D. 

      Congressional Budget Office, on appropriations and expenditures.


  • 129. 
    Before the president orders a covert intelligence operation, he must:
    • A. 

      Inform the National Security Council.

    • B. 

      Inform the leaders of Congress.

    • C. 

      Inform the congressional intelligence committees.

    • D. 

      Get approval from the congressional intelligence committees.


  • 130. 
    According to U.S. law, which of the following must be licensed in order to operate?
    • A. 

      Broadcast stations.

    • B. 

      Newspapers.

    • C. 

      Magazines.

    • D. 

      Websites.


  • 131. 
    Which famed musician helped develop the bebop style of jazz in the 1940s?
    • A. 

      James Brown

    • B. 

      Charlie Parker

    • C. 

      Duke Ellington

    • D. 

      Tommy Dorsey


  • 132. 
    Which of the following types of political campaigns is partially publicly financed?
    • A. 

      Senate campaigns

    • B. 

      House campaigns

    • C. 

      Gubernatorial campaigns in all 50 states

    • D. 

      Presidential campaigns


  • 133. 
    Google.com can best be described as which of the following?
    • A. 

      Operating system

    • B. 

      Service provider

    • C. 

      Content community

    • D. 

      Search engine


  • 134. 
    What are the three basic economic problems that every economy must solve?
    • A. 

      What to produce, where to produce, for whom to produce

    • B. 

      What to produce, how to produce, for whom to produce

    • C. 

      Whether to produce, where to produce, why to produce

    • D. 

      Why to produce, how to produce, which to produce


  • 135. 
    During the last decade, federal government direct-hire employment has:
    • A. 

      Decreased, but more slowly than the decrease in employment at the state and local level.

    • B. 

      Decreased, while employment at the state and local level has risen.

    • C. 

      Increased, but more slowly than the increase at the state and local level.

    • D. 

      Increased, while employment by state and local government has fallen.


  • 136. 
    In contrast to communication in the United States, the use of silence in Japan normally signifies:
    • A. 

      Disapproval of a proposition.

    • B. 

      Respect for what was previously said.

    • C. 

      The need for more time.

    • D. 

      A dislike for what was previously said.


  • 137. 
    Some word processing systems allow you to keep all files you edit with the same name, but they save them as different:
    • A. 

      Entries in a database.

    • B. 

      Log entries.

    • C. 

      Version of the file, usually marked with a number.

    • D. 

      Filenames altogether.


  • 138. 
    A directive leadership style is most appropriate under which of the following conditions?
    • A. 

      Subordinates are performing highly structured tasks

    • B. 

      There is substantive conflict among subordinates.

    • C. 

      Subordinates have high levels of ability and experience.

    • D. 

      The work environment is highly bureaucratic.


  • 139. 
    The term containment was used to describe the principle of Cold War U.S. foreign policy designed primarily to:
    • A. 

      Halt the influence of the U.S.S.R

    • B. 

      Restrict the flow of immigrant workers

    • C. 

      Eliminate activity of members of the American Communist Party

    • D. 

      Restrict American intervention in foreign conflicts


  • 140. 
    When giving an interview to a member of the media, the most important general rule is to:
    • A. 

      Attempt to maintain control of the interview.

    • B. 

      Never speak until spoken to.

    • C. 

      Always answer all questions completely.

    • D. 

      Compliment the reporter.


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