Political Parties In The US: Test Your History Knowledge! Trivia Facts Quiz

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Political Parties In The US: Test Your History Knowledge! Trivia Facts Quiz

How much do you know about the political parties in the US? When it comes to America, the two major parties are the democrats and republicans, and this has been the case for a long time. The parties differ based on where they believe the power lies. How about you test your history knowledge using the trivia facts below and see what new facts you might learn.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    American political parties have become weaker as...
    • A. 

      Labels in the mind of voter

    • B. 

      A set of political leaders who try to organize and control government

    • C. 

      Organization that recruit candidates

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

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

      Secret monarchists

    • B. 

      A federalism broker

    • C. 

      Anti federalist

    • D. 

      A temporary arrangement

    • E. 

      A permanent organization

  • 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. 

      Libertarian.... liberal

    • B. 

      Factionalized... bureaucratized

    • C. 

      Unified... people-oriented

    • D. 

      Traditional... modern

    • E. 

      Organized... popular

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

      The plurality system

    • B. 

      The majority system

    • C. 

      Proportional representation

    • D. 

      Retention and recall

    • E. 

      A combination of systems

  • 8. 
    Which of the following statements concerning party competition in the United States is correct.
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

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

    • 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. 

      Factional parties

    • B. 

      Backlash parties

    • C. 

      Ideological parties

    • D. 

      Economic protest parties

    • E. 

      One-issue parties

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

      Lofty ideals and admirable goals.

    • B. 

      Ideological sympathy.

    • C. 

      Community ties.

    • D. 

      Tangible incentives.

    • E. 

      Socialization.

  • 11. 
    The party platform is developed
    • A. 

      By the nominee's campaign staff

    • B. 

      By the chair of the national committee

    • C. 

      At the national convention by the platform committee

    • D. 

      Through questionnaires sent to registered members of the party

    • E. 

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

  • 12. 
    Pary realignment occurs when
    • A. 

      A majority of the voters register as independents

    • B. 

      There is a shift in voter support from one party to another

    • C. 

      There is a change in which party controls one or both houses of Congress

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      A third party determines the outcome of the election

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

      To select candidates for office

    • B. 

      To inform voters about issues

    • C. 

      To run political campaigns

    • D. 

      To raise money for candidates

    • E. 

      To determine qualifications for office holders

  • 14. 
    The most successful third parties
    • A. 

      Represent a particular region of the country

    • B. 

      Have strong ties to an ideological position

    • C. 

      Break off from one of the two major parties

    • D. 

      Focus on a single issue

    • 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