United States Politics! Trivia Facts And Questions Quiz

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United States Politics! Trivia Facts And Questions Quiz

Are you looking for United States Politics Trivia Facts and Questions Quiz? America is known as the land of the free, and each president chosen has been patriotic as the former intending to make America a country that everyone would wish to be associated with. Do you know how politics are run in the country and who holds which power and legislations made so far? Take the test to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Legitimate political authority in the United States comes from
    • A. 

      The courts

    • B. 

      The Federalist Papers

    • C. 

      The Constitution

    • D. 

      The Magna Carta

  • 2. 
    Which of the following statements about the U.C. democratic republic is correct?
    • A. 

      It has never been tried elsewhere.

    • B. 

      It thrived in the United States despite the existence of feudal aristocracy.

    • C. 

      It thrived in the United States despite the large number of legal restraints on it.

    • D. 

      It emphasizes social equality over personal liberty.

    • E. 

      It has been tried without great success by many other countries.

  • 3. 
    The surveys that were conducted in Cincinnati and nationally concerning the Monetary Control Act were significant because 
    • A. 

      Public opinion was deeply divided.

    • B. 

      Public opinion unanimously condemned the legislation.

    • C. 

      Many people expressed views about the legislation, which was entirely fictitious.

    • D. 

      The legislation was still pending.

    • E. 

      Congress had passed the legislation only two days before the surveys were conducted.

  • 4. 
    By world standards, American voter turnout is
    • A. 

      Low.

    • B. 

      About average.

    • C. 

      Little different from other democracies.

    • D. 

      Quite high.

  • 5. 
    Federalism implied that each level of government will have
    • A. 

      Complete sovereignty.

    • B. 

      The ability to tax other levels of government.

    • C. 

      Independent authority to pass laws.

    • D. 

      All of these.

  • 6. 
    All of the following were major players in the two-party system in American history EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Federalists.

    • B. 

      Democratic-Republicans.

    • C. 

      Whigs.

    • D. 

      Democrats.

    • E. 

      Progressives.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following statements about the nomination process in the United States is correct?
    • A. 

      Parties play a minor role compared to Europe.

    • B. 

      Parties play a larger role today than at the turn of the century.

    • C. 

      In the United States, nomination is usually tantamount to election.

    • D. 

      The nomination process in the United States is more of an organizational effort than in Europe.

    • E. 

      The nomination is less influenced by organized interests than in Europe.

  • 8. 
    Under the Articles of Confederation, the national government could NOT
    • A. 

      Declare war.

    • B. 

      Levy taxes on individuals.

    • C. 

      Print money.

    • D. 

      Make tax assessment requests of states.

  • 9. 
    The French observer who noted the influence of Democracy in a variety of contexts was
    • A. 

      The Marquis de Montespan.

    • B. 

      Guy LaFleur.

    • C. 

      Alexander Dumas.

    • D. 

      Alexis de Tocqueville.

    • E. 

      Voltaire.

  • 10. 
    Some 60 percent of adults adopt the party preference of their
    • A. 

      Peers.

    • B. 

      Employers.

    • C. 

      Teachers.

    • D. 

      Physicians.

    • E. 

      Parents.

  • 11. 
    The right to vote is also called the
    • A. 

      Turnout.

    • B. 

      Elector.

    • C. 

      Franchise.

    • D. 

      Fairness clause.

  • 12. 
    The vast majority of countries in the world today have a --- system of government. 
    • A. 

      Confederal.

    • B. 

      Federal.

    • C. 

      Unitary.

    • D. 

      Republican.

  • 13. 
    All of the following are reasons for the decline in the importance of political parties EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Loss of power of party machines to give out patronage jobs.

    • B. 

      Establishment of primary elections to choose party candidates.

    • C. 

      The growth of the "personalized campaign," specific to individual candidates.

    • D. 

      The increasing influence electronic media in determining voter choices.

    • E. 

      The tendency of parties to avoid new campaign techniques resulting in a lack of adequate campaign funds.

  • 14. 
    A major difference between presidential campaigns and congressional campaigns is that
    • A. 

      Fewer people vote in presidential elections.

    • B. 

      Presidential incumbents can better serve their constituents.

    • C. 

      Presidential incumbents can more easily avoid responsibility.

    • D. 

      Presidential races are generally more competitive.

    • E. 

      Congressional incumbents are generally more competitive.

  • 15. 
    James Madison examined historical data on republics, confederations and aristocracies to learn about the formation of government. His conclusions are found in
    • A. 

      The Federalist Papers.

    • B. 

      The White Papers.

    • C. 

      Madison's Digest.

    • D. 

      Revolutionary Governments.

  • 16. 
    A political __________ deals with what a government should do, while a political __________ deals with how the government should operate.
    • A. 

      Constitution, administration

    • B. 

      Administration, constitution

    • C. 

      Culture, ideology

    • D. 

      Ideology, culture

    • E. 

      Culture, agenda

  • 17. 
    In recent years, the ability of the family to promote a partisan identification has
    • A. 

      Stayed about the same.

    • B. 

      Declined, then risen.

    • C. 

      Risen.

    • D. 

      Declined.

    • E. 

      Demonstrated no recognizable pattern of change.

  • 18. 
    For most Americans, _________ is the only form of participation.
    • A. 

      Protesting.

    • B. 

      Voting.

    • C. 

      Working for a political party.

    • D. 

      Giving money to a campaign.

  • 19. 
    Many Republicans believe that
    • A. 

      Feudalism is an inefficient way to run a political system.

    • B. 

      A unitary government is the ideal form of governmental authority.

    • C. 

      Unfunded mandates are reasonable and constitutional.

    • D. 

      The powers of the national government should be limited.

  • 20. 
    During which period in history did the Democrats first advocate a strong central government control of the economy?
    • A. 

      The era of Jacksonian Democracy.

    • B. 

      During the Progressive era of the early 1900s.

    • C. 

      During the 1930s, with FDR'S New Deal.

    • D. 

      During the 1960s, with LBJ'S Great Society.

  • 21. 
    In 2000, George W. Bush chose ____________ as a theme for his campaign.
    • A. 

      The need for change

    • B. 

      Trust

    • C. 

      Compassionate conservatism

    • D. 

      Competence

    • E. 

      Strength

  • 22. 
    In an early test of powers of the Confederation, the Continental Congress failed to deal with an uprising in western Massachusetts known as:
    • A. 

      The Massachusetts Conspiracy.

    • B. 

      The Whig Uprising.

    • C. 

      The Springfield Conspiracy.

    • D. 

      Shay's Rebellion.

  • 23. 
    Liberty and individualism are two key elements of
    • A. 

      All Western democracies.

    • B. 

      All twentieth-century nations.

    • C. 

      Most nations throughout history.

    • D. 

      U.S. political culture.

    • E. 

      European nations in the 1700s.

  • 24. 
    Religious influences on public opinion are most pronounced with respect to __________ issues and less evident on others.
    • A. 

      Foreign policy.

    • B. 

      State and local.

    • C. 

      Ideological.

    • D. 

      Economic.

    • E. 

      Social.

  • 25. 
    In 1870, the right to vote was granted to all black males by
    • A. 

      Congressional statute.

    • B. 

      The Fifteenth Amendment.

    • C. 

      The Nineteenth Amendment.

    • D. 

      State law.

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