AP Government - Chapter 1

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AP Government - Chapter 1

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which theory of government and politics in America today asserts that public policy is controlled by an the upper-class who ensure that the wealthy and big business benefit more than the lower classes from government actions?
    • A. 

      Hyperpluralism

    • B. 

      Pluralism

    • C. 

      Traditional

    • D. 

      Class/elite

  • 2. 
    What condition results when diverse and conflicting policy goals make it impossible for a coalition of interests to form a majority?
    • A. 

      Political parties dominate the policy agenda

    • B. 

      Policy gridlock

    • C. 

      Partisanship and polarization

    • D. 

      Multilateralism

  • 3. 
    The process by which we select our governmental leaders and the policies these leaders pursue is known as:
    • A. 

      Constitutionalism

    • B. 

      Electoral government

    • C. 

      Politics

    • D. 

      Republicanism

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is true of American democracy?
    • A. 

      It consistently supports the majority

    • B. 

      Voters are a distorted sample of the American public because so few vote

    • C. 

      The policy agenda rarely changes since solutions to public problems cannot be legislated

    • D. 

      Other than voting, there are limited avenues for individuals to participate in politics

  • 5. 
    All of the following are channels, or linkage institutions, through which people's concerns are translated into issues on the policy agenda EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Congress

    • B. 

      Media

    • C. 

      Interest groups

    • D. 

      Political Parties

  • 6. 
    The idea that the public can influence the policy agenda through groups that share a common interest is known as:
    • A. 

      Traditional theory

    • B. 

      Pluralist theory

    • C. 

      Hyperpluralist theory

    • D. 

      Class/elite theory

  • 7. 
    A fundamental principle of traditional democratic theory is that:
    • A. 

      The will of the majority must always predominate

    • B. 

      The majority will must be consistently mistrusted

    • C. 

      The majority's desire must be respected while acknowledging the rights of the minority

    • D. 

      A small minority, even if elected, should not speak for the whole of society

  • 8. 
    Equality in voting, effective participation of citizens, an informed citizenry, citizen control of the policy agenda, and an inclusive definition of citizenship are all elements of a traditional ideal of democracy identified by:
    • A. 

      Alexis de Tocqueville

    • B. 

      Harold Lasswell

    • C. 

      James Q. Wilson

    • D. 

      Robert Dahl

  • 9. 
    Of the total value of all goods and services produced annually (GDP) in the United States, about how much is spend by the national, state, and local governments in total?
    • A. 

      One-quarter

    • B. 

      One-third

    • C. 

      One-half

    • D. 

      One-tenth

  • 10. 
    Which of the following factors has had a primary impact on the relatively small scope of the American government?
    • A. 

      Belief in republican principles

    • B. 

      The constraints imposed by the Constitution

    • C. 

      The Tenth Amendment

    • D. 

      A belief in individualism that discourages dependence on government assistance

  • 11. 
    Public policy can be established by all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Executive legislation

    • B. 

      Regulations adopted by government bureaucracies

    • C. 

      Supreme Court decisions

    • D. 

      Executive actions by the President

    • E. 

      Congressional statute

  • 12. 
    In general, political knowledge and participation:
    • A. 

      Is greatest among those just graduating from college

    • B. 

      Increases with age until age 40, then decreases

    • C. 

      Increases with age and education

    • D. 

      Decreases with age

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