Interest Groups Quiz #2

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  • 1. 
    An interest groups is most likely to have influence in Congress with which of the following situations?
    • A. 

      An issue that is narrow in scope and low in public visibility

    • B. 

      An issue that is part of the president's legislative package

    • C. 

      An issue that hasbeen highly dramatized by the media

    • D. 

      An issue that engages legislators' deeply held convictions

    • E. 

      An issue that divides legislators along party lines


  • 2. 
    All of the following statements concerning interest groups are true EXCEPT
    • A. 

      They are all policy experts

    • B. 

      They attempt to appeal to a broad spectrum of political interests

    • C. 

      They often run their own candidates for political office

    • D. 

      They lobby different levels of government

    • E. 

      They have specific policy goals


  • 3. 
    Special interest groups do all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Testify at congressional hearings

    • B. 

      Donate money to federal judges

    • C. 

      Endorse candidates for political office

    • D. 

      Try to influence the media

    • E. 

      Work on the campaigns of candidates


  • 4. 
    All the following arguments are essential to the special interest theory of politics EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Interest groups compete with each other.

    • B. 

      Interest groups provide linkage between people and the government.

    • C. 

      One or two interest groups may dominate the debate over legislation.

    • D. 

      Interest groups encourage membership from diverse groups that may disagree with their goals.

    • E. 

      Interest groups have been protected by Supreme Court decisions.


  • 5. 
    Which of the following represents a major reason for the proliferation of special interests and lobby groups?
    • A. 

      The reactive nature of interest groups and lobbyists to new issues.

    • B. 

      The increase in donations received by interest groups from their membership.

    • C. 

      The trust citizens have in the legislative process.

    • D. 

      The ability of lobbyists and special interest groups to get members from their own group to run for political office.

    • E. 

      The increasing demand for campaign reform.


  • 6. 
    Which of the following officials do lobbyists most succeed with?
    • A. 

      Officials who have a basic philosophical affinity with the lobbyist

    • B. 

      Officials who have a basic philosophical difference with the lobbyist

    • C. 

      Officials who are neutral with the lobbyist's position

    • D. 

      Officials who have strong convictions

    • E. 

      Officials who are very conservative


  • 7. 
    A significant amount of PAC money most likely goes to
    • A. 

      Candidates challenging Republican seats

    • B. 

      Candidates challenging Democratic seats

    • C. 

      Candidates who are new to the political scene

    • D. 

      Candidates who have wide philosophical differences with the PAC

    • E. 

      Candidates who hold incumbent status


  • 8. 
    Which of the following statements represents the main function of special interest groups.
    • A. 

      They eventually want to end up as political office holders.

    • B. 

      They nominate candidates for political office.

    • C. 

      They have the primary function of funding political campaigns

    • D. 

      They want to influence officeholders and achieve legislative goals

    • E. 

      They attempt to recruit an elite membership in order to become influential.


  • 9. 
    The major impact of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1974 was that it
    • A. 

      Eliminated lobbyist gifts and vacations for legislators

    • B. 

      Set strict contribution limitations for congressional campaigns

    • C. 

      Created matching funds for congressional campaigns

    • D. 

      Legitimized and increased the number of interest groups

    • E. 

      Created strict registration procedures for lobbyists


  • 10. 
    Which of the following situations represents a legislative victory for a special interest group?I.  The NRA's repeal of the assult weapon banII.  MADD's successful lobbying for a national drinking ageIII.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars' successful fight for the Americans with Disabilities ActIV.  The NAACP successfully lobbying for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      II only

    • C. 

      II, III, and IV only

    • D. 

      I, II, III, and IV only

    • E. 

      I and IV only


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