American Government Chapter 9, Political Parties

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US Political Party Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    American political parties have become weaker as...
    • A. 

      A. labels in the mind of voter

    • B. 

      B. a set of political leaders who try to organize and control government

    • C. 

      C. organization that recruit candidates

    • D. 

      D. all of the above

    • E. 

      E. none of the above

  • 2. 
    Thomas Jefferson considered his Republican party to be
    • A. 

      A. secret monarchists

    • B. 

      B. a federalism broker

    • C. 

      C. anti federalist

    • D. 

      D. a temporary arrangement

    • E. 

      E. a permanent organizarion

  • 3. 
    In 1831 the ____ party held the first American party convention
    • A. 

      Anti-Masonic

    • B. 

      Free Soil

    • C. 

      Greenback

    • D. 

      Whig

    • E. 

      Know-Nothing

  • 4. 
    The Mugwumps were
    • A. 

      A political branch of American Legion

    • B. 

      A faction of the Republican party

    • C. 

      The forerunners of the KKK

    • D. 

      An activist Indian tribe

    • E. 

      Louisiana tobacco farmers who held land near the coast

  • 5. 
    Even if you question the validity of the idea of a critical election, its pretty clear that
    • A. 

      Ronald Reagan's election in 1980 signaled a realignment

    • B. 

      Reagan's election in 1984 signaled a realignment

    • C. 

      The South is becoming more supportive of Democrats

    • D. 

      The South is becoming more supportive of Republicans

    • E. 

      Parties are gaining strength

  • 6. 
    As a result of changes made by the parties in the 1960s and 1970s, the Democrats have become more__________ and the Republican Party has become more__________.
    • A. 

      A. libertarian.... liberal

    • B. 

      B. factionalized... bureaucratized

    • C. 

      C. unified... people-oriented

    • D. 

      D. traditional... modern

    • E. 

      E. organized... popular

  • 7. 
    Almost all elections in the United States are based on
    • A. 

      A. the plurality system

    • B. 

      B. the majority system

    • C. 

      C. proportional representation

    • D. 

      D. retention and recall

    • E. 

      E. a combination of systems

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      A. The parties are truly competitive in a large majority of the states.

    • B. 

      B. One party enjoys an advantage in perhaps two-thirds of congressional districts

    • C. 

      C. One party enjoys a substantial advantage in at least half of the states

    • D. 

      D. All of the major regions of the country are less competitive than once was the case

    • E. 

      E. b and c

  • 9. 
    The Free Soil  and Know-Nothing parties are examples of
    • A. 

      A. factional parties

    • B. 

      B. backlash parties

    • C. 

      C. ideological parties

    • D. 

      D. economic protest parties

    • E. 

      E. one-issue parties

  • 10. 
    A political machine is a party organization that recruits its members by the use of:
    • A. 

      A. lofty ideals and admirable goals.

    • B. 

      B. ideological sympathy.

    • C. 

      C. community ties.

    • D. 

      D. tangible incentives.

    • E. 

      E. socialization.

  • 11. 
    The party platform is developed
    • A. 

      A. by the nominee's campaign staff

    • B. 

      B. by the chair of the national committee

    • C. 

      C. at the national convention by the platform committee

    • D. 

      D. through questionnaires sent to registered members of the party

    • E. 

      By members of the party's Senate and House campaign commitees

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      A. a majority of the voters register as independents

    • B. 

      B. there is a shift in voter support from one party to another

    • C. 

      C. there is a change in which party controls one or both houses of Congress

    • D. 

      D. the president is from one party but the Congress is in the hands of another

    • E. 

      E. a third party determines the outcome of the election

  • 13. 
    Which of he following is NOT a function of a political party?
    • A. 

      A. to select candidates for office

    • B. 

      B. to inform voters about issues

    • C. 

      C. to run political campaigns

    • D. 

      D. to raise money for candidates

    • E. 

      E. to determine qualifications for office holders

  • 14. 
    The most successful third parties
    • A. 

      A. represent a particular region of the country

    • B. 

      B. have strong ties to an ideological position

    • C. 

      C. break off from one of the two major parties

    • D. 

      D. focus on a single issue

    • E. 

      E. support a particular group

  • 15. 
    Those who argue that political parties are declining in importance point to I.    a decline in voter turnout II.   candidate-run campaigns III.  increase in ticket splitting IV.  increase in the cost of running for office
    • A. 

      A. I only

    • B. 

      B. I and II only

    • C. 

      C. I, II, III only

    • D. 

      D. II and III only

    • E. 

      E. II, III, IV only