AP Government ChAPters 1-3

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following statements is FALSE?
    • A. 

      A constitution is a nation's basic law.

    • B. 

      A constitution sets neutral rules of the game of politics.

    • C. 

      A constitution structures competition among players, or participants, in government.

    • D. 

      A constitution is an unwritten accumulation of traditions and precedents.

    • E. 

      A constitution allocates power within government.

  • 2. 
    Which of the following statements about American youth is FALSE?
    • A. 

      In a 2007 nationwide survey, only 37 percent of college freshman said that "keeping up with politics" was an important priority for them.

    • B. 

      Political interest among college students rose to record heights following September 11th, surpassing levels of interest among college students of the 1960s.

    • C. 

      American youth are more likely to be informed about politics than are older Americans.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      Both B and C

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is TRUE of the voter turnout in the United States?
    • A. 

      People over 65 have turned out to vote at a higher rate than young Americans since the early 1970s.

    • B. 

      Young Americans have increased voter participation in the early twenty-first century, but still vote at lower rates than they did in the early 1970s.

    • C. 

      In 2004, young Americans surpassed a record of voter turnout, set earlier in the 1970s.

    • D. 

      Both A and B are true.

    • E. 

      None of the above are true.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is not a part of the national government?
    • A. 

      Congress

    • B. 

      Judiciary

    • C. 

      Federal administrative agencies

    • D. 

      Interest groups

    • E. 

      Presidency

  • 5. 
    __________ is the process by which policy comes into being and evolves over time.
    • A. 

      Democracy

    • B. 

      Government

    • C. 

      The bureaucracy

    • D. 

      A constellation

    • E. 

      The policymaking system

  • 6. 
    Which of the following best describes a linkage institution?
    • A. 

      A gathering of people to represent the public opinion.

    • B. 

      A location to express a political opinion.

    • C. 

      A channel through which people's concerns become a political agenda.

    • D. 

      Formation of a special interest group.

    • E. 

      An environment where one learns about the political process.

  • 7. 
    A law passed by Congress and an agency adoption of a regulation are both examples of...
    • A. 

      Public policies

    • B. 

      Exercises in public opinion

    • C. 

      Interest groups

    • D. 

      Majoritarian politics

    • E. 

      Red tape

  • 8. 
    The basic principles of traditional democratic theory include all of the following EXCEPT...
    • A. 

      Government control of information

    • B. 

      Inclusion

    • C. 

      Citizen control of the agenda

    • D. 

      Equality in voting

    • E. 

      Effective participation

  • 9. 
    The theory that argues that group competition results in a rough approximation of the public interest in public policy is...
    • A. 

      Bureaucratic theory.

    • B. 

      Hyperpluralist theory.

    • C. 

      Elite and class theory.

    • D. 

      Pluralist theory.

    • E. 

      Balance of power theory.

  • 10. 
    The nature of groups and the government in the hyperpluralist theory is...
    • A. 

      Weak groups and strong government.

    • B. 

      Strong government and strong groups.

    • C. 

      Weak groups, strong elites, and weak government.

    • D. 

      Strong groups and weak government.

    • E. 

      Too few groups result in the creation of many governments.

  • 11. 
    Those who argue that the United States is in the middle of a culture war argue that Americans are becoming increasingly...
    • A. 

      Polarized.

    • B. 

      Secular.

    • C. 

      Hypocritical.

    • D. 

      Egalitarian.

    • E. 

      Isolationist.

  • 12. 
    The foundation of Locke's philosophy was that human beings...
    • A. 

      Have rights that are granted them by government.

    • B. 

      Are granted rights by their king.

    • C. 

      Derive their rights from God.

    • D. 

      Determine their own rights.

    • E. 

      Derive their rights from nature.

  • 13. 
    According to John Locke, natural rights are...
    • A. 

      Not dependent on governments.

    • B. 

      Dependent on governments.

    • C. 

      Rights inherent in human beings.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      Both A and C

  • 14. 
    Which of the following best describes the United States government under the Articles of the Confederation?
    • A. 

      It was dictatorial.

    • B. 

      The Congress was a puppet for George Washington.

    • C. 

      It was weak and ineffective.

    • D. 

      It was frequently involved in foreign affairs.

    • E. 

      It was very large and bureaucratic.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is true of the system of representation established by the Connecticut Compromise?
    • A. 

      It gives more power to large states, particularly in presidential elections.

    • B. 

      It gives more power to people living in states with large populations.

    • C. 

      It gives more power to people living in states with small populations.

    • D. 

      It distributes power among people of large and small states exactly equal.

    • E. 

      Both B and D

  • 16. 
    Constitutional amendments are usually ratified by...
    • A. 

      A majority of the Supreme Court.

    • B. 

      Legislatures of three-fourths of the states.

    • C. 

      A national convention.

    • D. 

      State conventions called by two-thirds vote in Congress.

    • E. 

      A two-thirds vote in each house of Congress.

  • 17. 
    An amendment may be proposed by...
    • A. 

      A two-thirds vote in each house of Congress.

    • B. 

      A national convention called by Congress at the request of two-thirds of the state legislatures.

    • C. 

      The request of the president of the United States.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A or B

  • 18. 
    The Twenty-First Amendment...
    • A. 

      Banned flag burning.

    • B. 

      Banned gay marriage.

    • C. 

      Granted suffrage to women.

    • D. 

      Repealed prohibition.

    • E. 

      Granted the right to vote to all citizens 18 years of age or older.

  • 19. 
    The Thirteenth Amendment...
    • A. 

      Prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol.

    • B. 

      Abolished slavery.

    • C. 

      Banned flag burning.

    • D. 

      Granted the right to vote to all citizens 18 years of age or older.

    • E. 

      Granted suffrage to women.

  • 20. 
    Judicial review was established in...
    • A. 

      Marbury v. Madison

    • B. 

      Dred Scott v. Sandford

    • C. 

      U.S. v. Lopez

    • D. 

      McCulloch v. Maryland

    • E. 

      Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas

  • 21. 
    The separation of powers and the checks and balances established by the Constitution...
    • A. 

      Allow almost all groups some place in the political system where their demands for public policy can be heard.

    • B. 

      Have acted to discourage the growth of groups in American society.

    • C. 

      Create so many obstacles that groups have no place for their policy demands to be heard.

    • D. 

      Are basically undemocratic since only elites can formulate policies within the system.

    • E. 

      Have made the United States one of the most democratic countries in the world.

  • 22. 
    Which of the following statements regarding the Constitution is FALSE?
    • A. 

      The original Constitution was characterized by numerous restrictions on direct voter participation.

    • B. 

      The original Constitution offers numerous guidelines on voter eligibility.

    • C. 

      Five of the 17 constitutional amendments passed since the Bill of Rights have focused on the expansion of the electorate.

    • D. 

      Political change, such as the emergence of political parties, has contributed to the changing nature of the Constitution.

    • E. 

      One of the central themes of American history has been the gradual democratization of the Constitution.

  • 23. 
    A nation's basic law is...
    • A. 

      Its code of conduct.

    • B. 

      Never an unwritten document.

    • C. 

      Always a written document.

    • D. 

      Another way of referring to a society's common law.

    • E. 

      Its constitution.

  • 24. 
    Who argued that, without a strong government, life would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"?
    • A. 

      Thomas Benjamin

    • B. 

      Thomas Paine

    • C. 

      Thomas Hobbes

    • D. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • E. 

      Thomas Friedman

  • 25. 
    In determining congressional representation and taxation, the Constitution...
    • A. 

      Counted slaves as three-fifths of a person.

    • B. 

      Counted slaves as one-half of a person.

    • C. 

      Was silent on the issue of how slaves would be counted, instead of leaving the issue to each state to decide.

    • D. 

      Did not count as slaves.

    • E. 

      Counted slaves as free persons.

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