Political Parties Quiz Kennedy 2nd

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  • 1. 
    The “Contract with America” refers to
    • A. 

      Republican promises for reform following the 1994 GOP takeover of the House

    • B. 

      Democratic promises for reform following the 2006 takeover of the House

    • C. 

      The brainchild of Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich

    • D. 

      An attempt on the part of Republicans to offer Americans a positive program for reshaping policy and reforming how Congress works

    • E. 

      A, c, & d


  • 2. 
    Which of the following do you need to do to become a Republican or Democrat?
    • A. 

      Formally join the party

    • B. 

      Prove that you’ve voted for the party

    • C. 

      Add your name to a mailing list

    • D. 

      Give money

    • E. 

      All you need to do is believe that you belong to the party of your choice


  • 3. 
    Almost all definitions of political parties have which of the following in common?
    • A. 

      Parties have formal organizations

    • B. 

      Parties have a mass following

    • C. 

      Parties try to win elections

    • D. 

      Parties are run by elites

    • E. 

      Parties have limited policy agendas


  • 4. 
    The theory that seeks to explain political processes and outcomes as consequences of purposive behavior is called the
    • A. 

      Rational-choice theory

    • B. 

      Behaviorism

    • C. 

      Means-ends theory

    • D. 

      Cognitive theory

    • E. 

      Goals theory


  • 5. 
    Ticket splitting refers to
    • A. 

      Switching membership in political parties

    • B. 

      The procedure used to conduct computerized, automated vote counting

    • C. 

      Voting with one party in one presidential election, and another party in the next presidential election

    • D. 

      Voting for one party for one office, and another party for other offices

    • E. 

      Voting for a party other than the one you identify with


  • 6. 
    In blanket primaries,
    • A. 

      Voters may choose on election day which party primary they want to participate in

    • B. 

      Only voters who have registered in advance with the party can vote

    • C. 

      Voters may vote for candidates from either party

    • D. 

      Voters may vote for multiple candidates

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 7. 
    Closed primaries
    • A. 

      Depress voter turnout

    • B. 

      Encourage party loyalty

    • C. 

      Discourage party loyalty

    • D. 

      Cost less than open primaries

    • E. 

      Have fewer undercounts


  • 8. 
    Each party holds a national convention every
    • A. 

      Six years

    • B. 

      Two years

    • C. 

      Three years

    • D. 

      Year

    • E. 

      Four years


  • 9. 
    The supreme power within each of the parties is
    • A. 

      The state party organizations

    • B. 

      The president

    • C. 

      The Supreme Party Court

    • D. 

      The national convention

    • E. 

      The national committee


  • 10. 
    In general, what are the ingredient(s) of a critical election?
    • A. 

      Existing fissures in political party cause coalitions to begin to fracture

    • B. 

      New issues appear and divide the electorate in new ways

    • C. 

      Parties form new, enduring coalitions

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      Both a and b


  • 11. 
    Party realignments in the United States
    • A. 

      Occur when a party makes dramatic changes in its positions on issues

    • B. 

      Involve the death of one party and the birth of a brand new one

    • C. 

      Are slight adjustments of political allegiance among voters in at least one region of the country

    • D. 

      Happen after most presidential elections, and occasionally in-between

    • E. 

      Are rare events in the United States, usually associated with a major national crisis or trauma, in which one party's majority domination is replaced with another's


  • 12. 
    The first American political party evolved
    • A. 

      From the supporters of George Washington's first campaign for president

    • B. 

      Out of Thomas Jefferson's efforts to get the Declaration of Independence adopted

    • C. 

      Out of public disgust over the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, leading to calls to solve conflicts through peaceful party competition

    • D. 

      During the Constitutional Convention

    • E. 

      Out of Alexander Hamilton's efforts to get Congress to establish a national bank


  • 13. 
    The Republicans lost the election of 1932 primarily due to
    • A. 

      The nomination of a popular war hero by the Democrats

    • B. 

      Hitler's election as chancellor of Germany and the Republicans' failure to prevent it.

    • C. 

      Rising political and economic instability in Europe

    • D. 

      The failure of the Republicans to hold onto the support of urban industrialists

    • E. 

      President Herbert Hoover's handling of the Depression


  • 14. 
    Which of the following is TRUE about most third-party campaigns in American history?
    • A. 

      They almost never win office

    • B. 

      They occasionally succeed

    • C. 

      They usually become major political parties over time

    • D. 

      They have been most successful at promoting party dealignment

    • E. 

      They frequently are successful


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