American Government Final Practice Test

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American Government Final Practice Test

Everything you’ve been studying has led you to this moment – it’s the American Government Final Practice Test! Have you been paying attention in your studies or has it all gone in one ear and out the other? This quiz will put that to the test. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Voting available in any party primary.
    • A. 

      Open Primary

    • B. 

      Closed Primary

    • C. 

      Hybrid Primary

  • 2. 
    Voting available only in your registered party primary.
    • A. 

      Open Primary

    • B. 

      Closed Primary

    • C. 

      Hybrid Primary

  • 3. 
    Can switch parties at any time.
    • A. 

      Open Primary

    • B. 

      Closed Primary

    • C. 

      Hybrid Primary

  • 4. 
    PACs can donate how much per candidate?
    • A. 

      $1000

    • B. 

      $2000

    • C. 

      $2500

    • D. 

      $5000

    • E. 

      $7500

  • 5. 
  • 6. 
    Two reasons incumbents lose:
  • 7. 
    How many electoral college votes are needed to win presidency?
    • A. 

      318/634

    • B. 

      397/792

    • C. 

      69/138

    • D. 

      270/538

    • E. 

      179/356

  • 8. 
    In order to be elected to the House of Representatives, a person must be how old?
  • 9. 
    In order to be elected to the Senate, a person must be how old?
  • 10. 
    Which of the following are congressional powers?
    • A. 

      Taxation

    • B. 

      Appoint Supreme Court justices

    • C. 

      Set weights and measures

    • D. 

      Issue patents

    • E. 

      Coin money

  • 11. 
    How many members does the House of Representatives have?
  • 12. 
    How many members does the Senate have?
  • 13. 
    How long is a House of Representatives term?
  • 14. 
    How long is a Senate term?
  • 15. 
    The House of Representatives has which of the following?
    • A. 

      Speaker of the House

    • B. 

      President Pro Tempore

    • C. 

      Majority Leader

    • D. 

      Majority Whip

    • E. 

      Minority Leader

  • 16. 
    The Senate has which of the following?
    • A. 

      Speaker of the House

    • B. 

      President Pro Tempore

    • C. 

      Minority Whip

    • D. 

      Majority Leader

    • E. 

      Minority Leader

  • 17. 
    Which type of congressional committee is comprised of members of the Senate and the House?
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Joint

    • C. 

      Conference

    • D. 

      Sub-committee

    • E. 

      Ad Hoc

  • 18. 
    Which of the following congressional committees is reconvened with every Congress?
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Joint

    • C. 

      Conference

    • D. 

      Select

    • E. 

      Sub-committee

  • 19. 
    Which of the following congressional committees is convened for only one thing?
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Special

    • C. 

      Sub-committee

    • D. 

      Joint

    • E. 

      Conference

  • 20. 
    What is a pocket veto?
  • 21. 
    Which branch of government has the power to impeach and requires a majority vote?
    • A. 

      House

    • B. 

      Senate

    • C. 

      Judiciary

  • 22. 
    • A. 

      House

    • B. 

      Senate

    • C. 

      Judiciary

  • 23. 
    Which of the following has the power to try and requires 2/3 vote to convict?
    • A. 

      House

    • B. 

      Senate

    • C. 

      Judiciary

  • 24. 
    Name three powers of the President.
  • 25. 
    Which of the following establishes procedures for filling the vacancy of the presidency and vice-presidency?
    • A. 

      25th Amendment

    • B. 

      15th Amendment

    • C. 

      Presidential Succession Act of 1947

    • D. 

      19th Amendment

  • 26. 
  • 27. 
    Which of the following is responsible for broad areas of governmental operation?
    • A. 

      Cabinet Department

    • B. 

      Government Corporation

    • C. 

      Regulatory Agency

    • D. 

      Independent Agency

  • 28. 
    Which of the following is created by Congress to perform private sector-type work?
    • A. 

      Cabinet Department

    • B. 

      Regulatory Agency

    • C. 

      Independent Agency

    • D. 

      Government Corporation

  • 29. 
    Which of the following regulates specific economic interest?
    • A. 

      Independent Agency

    • B. 

      Government Corporation

    • C. 

      Regulatory Agency

    • D. 

      Cabinet Department

  • 30. 
    Which of the following is similar to cabinet departments, but with a narrower area of responsibility?
    • A. 

      Independent Agency

    • B. 

      Cabinet Department

    • C. 

      Government Corporation

    • D. 

      Regulatory Agency

  • 31. 
    A set of complex hierarchical departments, agencies, commissions, and staff that help the president enforce federal laws is called a:
  • 32. 
    Max Weber's Model of Ameritocracy included which of the following:
    • A. 

      Chain of command

    • B. 

      Division of labor

    • C. 

      Specified authority

    • D. 

      Impersonality

    • E. 

      Productivity

  • 33. 
    1 court, 9 justices per case
    • A. 

      US Supreme Court

    • B. 

      US District Court

    • C. 

      US Court of Appeals

  • 34. 
    • A. 

      US Court of Appeals

    • B. 

      US Supreme Court

    • C. 

      US Court of Appeals

  • 35. 
    • A. 

      US Court of Appeals

    • B. 

      US Supreme Court

    • C. 

      US District Court

  • 36. 
    What percentage of legal precedings are done at the federal level?
  • 37. 
    Which court was referred to as the "toothless" branch of government?
    • A. 

      Federal Court of Appeals

    • B. 

      Federal District Court

    • C. 

      US Supreme Court

  • 38. 
    Which of the following is a trial court of original jurisdiction?
    • A. 

      US Supreme Court

    • B. 

      Federal Court of Appeals

    • C. 

      Federal District Court

  • 39. 
    Which court is a last resort for almost all federal cases?
    • A. 

      Federal District Court

    • B. 

      US Supreme Court

    • C. 

      Federal Court of Appeals

  • 40. 
    What gives power over the legislative branch?
  • 41. 
    What gives power over the executive branch?
  • 42. 
    Which US Supreme Court opinion agrees with the majority, but not for the same reason?
    • A. 

      Dissenting

    • B. 

      Majority

    • C. 

      Concurring

  • 43. 
    Which Supreme Court shifted away from Lockean construct?
    • A. 

      Warren, activist

    • B. 

      Rehnquist, constructionist

    • C. 

      Burger, neutral

  • 44. 
    Which Supreme Court restricted capital punishment?
    • A. 

      Warren, activist

    • B. 

      Rehnquist, constructionist

    • C. 

      Burger, neutral

  • 45. 
    Which Supreme Court restrained the anti-majoritarian nature of the court?
    • A. 

      Warren, activist

    • B. 

      Rehnquist, constructionist

    • C. 

      Burger, neutral

  • 46. 
    Protections BY the government are called:
    • A. 

      Civil liberties

    • B. 

      Civil rights

  • 47. 
    Protections FROM the government are called:
    • A. 

      Civil liberties

    • B. 

      Civil rights

  • 48. 
    The Lemon Test tests which clause?
  • 49. 
    Which of the following is protected by the First Amendment?
    • A. 

      Flag burning

    • B. 

      Obscenity

    • C. 

      Burning public figures in effigy

    • D. 

      Nudity

  • 50. 
    Which of the following protects the criminally accused?
    • A. 

      14th Amendment

    • B. 

      5th Amendment

    • C. 

      8th Amendment

    • D. 

      7th Amendment

    • E. 

      6th Amendment

  • 51. 
    Three Civil War amendments:
  • 52. 
    Three forms of voting discrimination:
  • 53. 
    What Act created the EEOC?
  • 54. 
    Which amendment was part of the Women's Rights Movement?
    • A. 

      13th Amendment

    • B. 

      14th Amendment

    • C. 

      18th Amendment

    • D. 

      19th Amendment

    • E. 

      16th Amendment

  • 55. 
    One reason the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) did not come about:
  • 56. 
    One argument AGAINST affirmative action:
  • 57. 
    One argument FOR affirmative action:
  • 58. 
    Top three affirmative action recipients in order: