American Federal Government Test 2

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You’d be surprised by how many people living in the United States of America have absolutely no idea about their own federal government. What do you know about it? Take the American Federal Government Test 2 and find out if you really know as much as you should!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How many Senators are from each state?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      50

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 2 because each state in the United States is represented by two Senators in the Senate. This is a provision in the U.S. Constitution that ensures equal representation for each state, regardless of its size or population. Having two Senators per state allows for a balance of power and influence between the smaller and larger states in the legislative process.

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  • 2. 

    People run for public office for a number of reasons.  Which of the following reasons were covered in class?

    • A.

      Public-Service

    • B.

      Personal Ambition

    • C.

      Policy Goals

    • D.

      All of the Above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the Above
    Explanation
    The question asks about the reasons why people run for public office and the correct answer is "All of the Above". This means that in class, all three reasons - public-service, personal ambition, and policy goals - were discussed as motivations for individuals to seek public office.

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  • 3. 

    __________ is/are campaign contributions unregulated by federal or state law, usually given to parties and party committees to help fund general party activities.

    • A.

      Soft Money

    • B.

      Hard Money

    • C.

      Tracking Poll

    • D.

      Corrupt Practices Acts

    Correct Answer
    A. Soft Money
    Explanation
    Soft money refers to campaign contributions that are not regulated by federal or state laws. These contributions are usually given to parties and party committees to support general party activities. Unlike hard money, which is subject to strict contribution limits and disclosure requirements, soft money allows individuals and organizations to donate unlimited amounts of money to political parties. Soft money contributions were banned at the federal level in 2002 with the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act.

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  • 4. 

    In colonial times, who was allowed to vote?

    • A.

      All white males

    • B.

      Only white males who owned a certain amount of property

    • C.

      All males

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Only white males who owned a certain amount of property
    Explanation
    During colonial times, voting rights were restricted to a specific group of people. The correct answer states that only white males who owned a certain amount of property were allowed to vote. This means that individuals had to meet both racial and property ownership requirements in order to have the right to vote. This limited the voting population to a select group of privileged individuals who met these criteria, excluding women, people of color, and white males without property ownership.

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  • 5. 

    How many Electoral College cotes does Oklahoma have?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      9

    • D.

      11

    Correct Answer
    B. 7
    Explanation
    Oklahoma has 7 Electoral College votes. The Electoral College is a system used in the United States to elect the President and Vice President. Each state is allocated a certain number of electoral votes based on their representation in Congress. Oklahoma has 5 congressional districts, and each district is allocated one electoral vote. In addition, Oklahoma has 2 additional electoral votes representing its two Senators. Therefore, the total number of Electoral College votes for Oklahoma is 7.

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  • 6. 

    In modern American election system, a political caucus is a ....

    • A.

      Party meeting to nominate candidates and elect delegates.

    • B.

      Public meeting to pass election laws and regulations.

    • C.

      General election to determine public officeholders

    • D.

      Meeting held just after the national convention

    • E.

      Public election to nominate party candidates

    Correct Answer
    A. Party meeting to nominate candidates and elect delegates.
    Explanation
    A political caucus in the modern American election system refers to a party meeting where candidates are nominated and delegates are elected. This process allows party members to come together and choose their preferred candidates for various positions. It is an important step in the election process as it helps determine the party's official nominees and the individuals who will represent the party in the upcoming elections.

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  • 7. 

    The most influential presidential caucus is the first one of the presidential election year and is held in:

    • A.

      Iowa

    • B.

      Idaho

    • C.

      New York

    • D.

      New Hampshire

    • E.

      Florida

    Correct Answer
    A. Iowa
    Explanation
    The most influential presidential caucus is held in Iowa. This is because Iowa holds the first caucus of the presidential election year. Being the first state to vote, Iowa's caucus has a significant impact on the momentum and perception of candidates. Winning or performing well in Iowa can generate media attention, fundraising, and support, setting the tone for the rest of the election season. Candidates often invest significant time and resources in campaigning in Iowa, making it a crucial state in the presidential race.

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  • 8. 

    An election in which voters can determine their party's candidate for office is called a....

    • A.

      Caucus

    • B.

      Discharge Election

    • C.

      General Election

    • D.

      Runoff Election

    • E.

      Primary

    Correct Answer
    E. Primary
    Explanation
    A primary election is an election where voters have the opportunity to choose their party's candidate for office. In a primary, voters from a specific political party select the candidate they believe best represents their party's values and interests. This process allows party members to have a voice in deciding who will represent their party in the general election.

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  • 9. 

    Pennsylvania has a primary in which voters are registered as party members and get a ballot for that party only.  This kind of primary is called....

    • A.

      Open

    • B.

      Closed

    • C.

      A Runoff

    • D.

      Nonpartisan

    • E.

      Concealed

    Correct Answer
    B. Closed
    Explanation
    In a closed primary, voters are only allowed to participate in the primary election of the party they are registered with. This means that if a voter is registered as a Democrat, they can only vote in the Democratic primary, and if they are registered as a Republican, they can only vote in the Republican primary. This system is designed to prevent members of one party from influencing the primary election of another party. Therefore, the correct answer is "Closed".

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  • 10. 

    The difference between a closed and an open primary is that, in the closed primary, 

    • A.

      Only party officials vote.

    • B.

      Party members meet to discuss candidates.

    • C.

      Voters are already registered as party members.

    • D.

      A nonpartisan ballot is used, and so party membership doesn't matter.

    • E.

      Only party leaders and contributors are allowed to vote.

    Correct Answer
    C. Voters are already registered as party members.
    Explanation
    In a closed primary, only voters who are already registered as party members are allowed to participate. This means that individuals who are not affiliated with a particular party cannot vote in that party's primary election. This system is used to ensure that only committed party members have a say in selecting their party's candidates.

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  • 11. 

    New Hampshire is very influential in the election of presidents because...

    • A.

      It holds the first primary of the election year.

    • B.

      It holds the first caucus of the election year.

    • C.

      The nominating convention are usually held in that state.

    • D.

      More money is contributed there than in any other state.

    • E.

      It is the oldest meeting of its kind.

    Correct Answer
    A. It holds the first primary of the election year.
    Explanation
    New Hampshire is very influential in the election of presidents because it holds the first primary of the election year. The first primary is considered crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the election season and can significantly impact the momentum and perception of candidates. Being the first state to hold a primary, New Hampshire receives a lot of media attention and candidates often spend a significant amount of time campaigning there. The outcome of the New Hampshire primary can shape the race and influence the decisions of voters in other states.

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  • 12. 

    A presidential campaign season marked by the scheduling of most primaries early in the campaign year is called...

    • A.

      Open campaigning.

    • B.

      Front-loading.

    • C.

      End-loading.

    • D.

      Delegate stacking.

    • E.

      Deck-raking.

    Correct Answer
    B. Front-loading.
    Explanation
    Front-loading refers to the practice of scheduling most primaries early in the campaign year. This allows states to have a greater impact on the nomination process, as candidates are more likely to focus their efforts and resources on these early contests. This term is commonly used in the context of presidential campaigns, where states strategically schedule their primaries to maximize their influence. Open campaigning, end-loading, delegate stacking, and deck-raking are not relevant to the scheduling of primaries in the campaign year.

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  • 13. 

    An important function of modern national party convention is...

    • A.

      The writing of the party platform.

    • B.

      The selection of party delegates to the next convention.

    • C.

      The selection of the party's national chairperson.

    • D.

      Party fund-raising.

    • E.

      The election of delegates to state conventions.

    Correct Answer
    A. The writing of the party platform.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the writing of the party platform. The party platform is a document that outlines the party's stance on various political issues and serves as a guide for party members and candidates. The national party convention is where delegates from across the country come together to discuss and debate the party's platform, and ultimately vote on its content. This process allows for input from party members and helps to shape the party's agenda and policies for the upcoming election cycle.

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  • 14. 

    To be in the House of congress how old do you need to be?

    • A.

      25

    • B.

      30

    • C.

      35

    Correct Answer
    A. 25
    Explanation
    To be in the House of Congress, an individual needs to be at least 25 years old. This age requirement ensures that candidates have gained a certain level of maturity and life experience before serving in this important legislative body. It is believed that individuals in their mid-twenties have had enough time to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and judgment to make informed decisions and represent their constituents effectively.

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  • 15. 

    To be in the House of congress, how many years do you need to be a citizen?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      10

    Correct Answer
    B. 7
    Explanation
    To be in the House of Congress, you need to be a citizen for 7 years. This requirement ensures that individuals have a strong understanding of the country's political system and have had sufficient time to integrate into society before being eligible to serve in Congress. It also allows for a level of stability and commitment to the country, as someone who has been a citizen for 7 years is more likely to have a long-term investment in the nation's well-being.

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  • 16. 

    How old do you have to be to be in the Senate?

    • A.

      25

    • B.

      30

    • C.

      35

    Correct Answer
    B. 30
    Explanation
    To be in the Senate, a person must be at least 30 years old. This is because the United States Constitution sets the minimum age requirement for senators at 30 years old. This requirement ensures that senators have enough life experience and maturity to serve in this important legislative role.

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  • 17. 

    How long do you need to be a citizen to be in the Senate?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      9

    Correct Answer
    C. 9
    Explanation
    To be in the Senate, one must be a citizen for a certain period of time. In this case, the correct answer is 9. This means that an individual must be a citizen for at least 9 years in order to be eligible for a seat in the Senate.

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  • 18. 

    Who was the president between 1789-1797?

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C.

      George Washington

    Correct Answer
    C. George Washington
    Explanation
    George Washington was the president between 1789-1797. He served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Washington played a crucial role in the formation of the country and establishing its government. His leadership and contributions during his presidency laid the foundation for the future of the United States.

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  • 19. 

    Who was the president between 1797-1801

    • A.

      John Adams

    • B.

      George Washington

    • C.

      Rod Tibbolt

    Correct Answer
    A. John Adams
    Explanation
    John Adams was the president between 1797-1801. George Washington was the first president of the United States and his presidency ended in 1797, so he was not the president during the specified time period. Rod Tibbolt is not a known historical figure and there is no information available about him being a president. Therefore, John Adams is the correct answer as he served as the second president of the United States from 1797 to 1801.

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  • 20. 

    Who shot Alexander Hamilton?

    • A.

      John Adams

    • B.

      George Washington

    • C.

      Aaron Burr

    Correct Answer
    C. Aaron Burr
    Explanation
    Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel on July 11, 1804. The duel was a result of longstanding political and personal rivalry between the two men. Hamilton had publicly criticized Burr, which ultimately led to the duel. Burr fatally wounded Hamilton, who died the next day.

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  • 21. 

    Who was the 8th president? (1837-1841)

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Martin Van Buren

    • C.

      John Adams

    Correct Answer
    B. Martin Van Buren
    Explanation
    Martin Van Buren was the 8th president of the United States, serving from 1837 to 1841. He was a member of the Democratic Party and took office after Andrew Jackson. Van Buren's presidency was marked by economic troubles, including the Panic of 1837, and he was not able to effectively address these issues. Despite his limited success as president, Van Buren played a significant role in shaping the modern Democratic Party and is often considered one of the founders of the party.

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  • 22. 

    Who allowed for the trail of tears?

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Martin Van Buren

    • C.

      John Adams

    Correct Answer
    B. Martin Van Buren
    Explanation
    Martin Van Buren allowed for the trail of tears. The trail of tears refers to the forced removal of Native American tribes, particularly the Cherokee, from their ancestral lands in the southeastern United States to designated Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. This policy was implemented under the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson. Van Buren, who served as Jackson's vice president and later succeeded him as president, continued to support and enforce the Indian removal policy during his presidency from 1837 to 1841.

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  • 23. 

    Who allowed for Missouri's 1838 "Extermination Order"?

    • A.

      Martin Van Buren

    • B.

      George Washington

    • C.

      Thomas Jefferson

    Correct Answer
    A. Martin Van Buren
    Explanation
    Martin Van Buren allowed for Missouri's 1838 "Extermination Order." This order was issued in response to conflicts between the state government and the Mormon community in Missouri. It authorized the forced removal of Mormons from the state and the use of military force if necessary. Van Buren, who was the President of the United States at the time, supported the state government's actions and did not intervene to protect the rights of the Mormon community.

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  • 24. 

    Who had the shortest presidency? (March 4, 1841- April 4, 1841) (9th president)

    • A.

      Quincey Adams

    • B.

      Martin Van Buren

    • C.

      William Henry Harrison

    Correct Answer
    C. William Henry Harrison
    Explanation
    William Henry Harrison had the shortest presidency because he served as the 9th president of the United States from March 4, 1841, to April 4, 1841. He died of pneumonia just 32 days into his term, making his presidency the shortest in American history.

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  • 25. 

    Who is our first president to be impeached?

    • A.

      Ronald Reagan

    • B.

      Bill Clinton

    • C.

      Andrew Johnson

    Correct Answer
    C. Andrew Johnson
    Explanation
    Andrew Johnson is the correct answer because he was the first president in the history of the United States to be impeached. He was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1868 on charges of violating the Tenure of Office Act. However, he narrowly avoided removal from office as he was acquitted by the Senate by just one vote. Johnson's impeachment set a precedent for future impeachment proceedings against other presidents.

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