AP Government ChAPters 8 And 11

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  • 1. 
    In the description of political parties as "three-headed political giants," which of the following is NOT considered one of those three heads?
    • A. 

      The party out of power.

    • B. 

      The party in the electorate.

    • C. 

      The party as an organization.

    • D. 

      The party in government.

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    The key spokespersons for political parties come from which of its major components?
    • A. 

      The leaders of the party organization.

    • B. 

      The party as an organization.

    • C. 

      The party in the electorate.

    • D. 

      The party out of power.

    • E. 

      The party in government.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following do you need to do to become a Republican or Democrat?
    • A. 

      Prove that you've voted for the party.

    • B. 

      Give money.

    • C. 

      Formally join the party.

    • D. 

      Add your name to the mailing list.

    • E. 

      All you need to do is believe that you belong to the party of your choice.

  • 4. 
    The people who keep the party running between elections and make its rules are members of which "head" of the party?
    • A. 

      Permanent party

    • B. 

      Party in government

    • C. 

      Party in the states

    • D. 

      Party in the electorate.

  • 5. 
    The political "party in the electorate" is defined as people who
    • A. 

      Work for a party's candidates.

    • B. 

      Register as members of a party.

    • C. 

      Walk door-to-door to meet the voters and personally campaign for their party's candidates.

    • D. 

      Identify with the party.

    • E. 

      Vote for the candidates from one party.

  • 6. 
    A party's endorsement to officially run for office as the candidate of that party is called
    • A. 

      A conformation.

    • B. 

      An appointment.

    • C. 

      A ticket.

    • D. 

      A nomination.

    • E. 

      A ballot.

  • 7. 
    As _________, political parties serve the role of translating inputs from the public into outputs from policymakers.
    • A. 

      Superdelegates

    • B. 

      Political converters

    • C. 

      Coalitions

    • D. 

      Machines

    • E. 

      Linkage institutions

  • 8. 
    American political parties tend to take middle-of-the-road stands on major issues
    • A. 

      Because most of the American electorate are centrist.

    • B. 

      Only because the party's candidates are so afraid of alienating those on different sides of issues.

    • C. 

      While the public tends to have stronger opinions.

    • D. 

      In spite of evidence that more extreme positions generate more excitement and likelihood for electoral victory.

    • E. 

      Because most of the American electorate do not have political opinions.

  • 9. 
    Each party holds a national convention every
    • A. 

      Six years

    • B. 

      Five years

    • C. 

      Four years

    • D. 

      Year

    • E. 

      Two years

  • 10. 
    Which is primarily responsible for crafting the political party's platform and for nominating its candidates for president and vice president?
    • A. 

      National committee

    • B. 

      Primary committee

    • C. 

      Party in government

    • D. 

      Party in the electorate

    • E. 

      National convention

  • 11. 
    When asked about the most important challenge of running party organizations, the national party chairman of both parties replied
    • A. 

      "organization."

    • B. 

      "money."

    • C. 

      "time."

    • D. 

      "competent staff."

    • E. 

      "finding good candidates."

  • 12. 
    The chairperson of the party that controls the White House is normally selected by
    • A. 

      Closed primary.

    • B. 

      Members of the party in Congress.

    • C. 

      The committee of state chairpersons.

    • D. 

      The president.

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 13. 
    An example of a critical election is
    • A. 

      The displacement of the majority Republicans with the Democrats during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

    • B. 

      The emergence of the Republican Party during the Civil War.

    • C. 

      The election of George W. Bush following the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      Both A and B

  • 14. 
    The first party system in the United States consisted of the
    • A. 

      Federalists and Democratic-Republicans.

    • B. 

      Democratic-Republicans and Whigs.

    • C. 

      Federalists and Whigs.

    • D. 

      Democrats and Whigs.

    • E. 

      Democrats and Republicans.

  • 15. 
    The first American political party evolved
    • A. 

      From the supporters of George Washington's first campaign for president.

    • B. 

      Out of Alexander Hamilton's efforts to get Congress to establish a national bank.

    • C. 

      During the Constitutional Convention.

    • D. 

      Out of Thomas Jefferson's efforts to get the Declaration of Independence adopted.

    • E. 

      Out of public disgust over the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, leading to calls to solve conflicts through peaceful party competition.

  • 16. 
    In the second party system in United States history, the election contests were between which two major parties?
    • A. 

      Democrats and Republicans

    • B. 

      Federalists and Anti-Federalists

    • C. 

      Republicans and Whigs

    • D. 

      Federalists and Whigs

    • E. 

      Democrats and Whigs

  • 17. 
    The Republican party began as the
    • A. 

      Party of the state's rights and silver money.

    • B. 

      Party of big business interests.

    • C. 

      Party of the New Deal.

    • D. 

      Principal antislavery party.

    • E. 

      Principal proslavery party.

  • 18. 
    The theory that seeks to explain political processes and outcomes as consequences of purposive behavior is called the
    • A. 

      Goals theory.

    • B. 

      Behaviorism.

    • C. 

      Means-ends theory.

    • D. 

      Cognitive theory.

    • E. 

      Rational-choice theory.

  • 19. 
    Ticket splitting refers to
    • A. 

      Voting for a party other than the one you identify with.

    • B. 

      Voting with one party in the presidential election, and another party in the next presidential election.

    • C. 

      Voting for one party for one office, and another party for other offices.

    • D. 

      The procedure used to conduct computerized, automated vote counting.

    • E. 

      Switching membership in political parties.

  • 20. 
    Power in the major United States political parties is
    • A. 

      Hierarchically distributed from the national to local levels.

    • B. 

      Concentrated in party machines at the local level.

    • C. 

      Concentrated in the state parties, with national and local organizations playing only minor roles.

    • D. 

      Fragmented among local, state, and national party organizations.

    • E. 

      Centralized in national party organizations.

  • 21. 
    What are patronage jobs?
    • A. 

      A description of anyone who worked in the Daley administration in Chicago.

    • B. 

      Jobs that manage volunteers.

    • C. 

      Jobs given for political reasons rather than for merit or competence.

    • D. 

      Jobs in the national convention.

    • E. 

      Jobs given on the basis of merit rather than for political reasons.

  • 22. 
    A party machine is a kind of local party organization that
    • A. 

      Threatens the efficiency of state and local party organizations.

    • B. 

      Remains strong in most large American cities.

    • C. 

      Uses specific and material inducements to win party loyalty and power.

    • D. 

      Has recently come to depend heavily on ethnic group support.

    • E. 

      Specializes in computerized mass mailings both to raise funds and influence voters on behalf of their candidates.

  • 23. 
    What was one of the reasons that urban party machines are no longer very active?
    • A. 

      Regulations concerning fair bidding on government contracts were struck down.

    • B. 

      Ethnic integration has become less prevalent.

    • C. 

      All of the party bosses died out.

    • D. 

      Progressive regulations were struck down by the Supreme Court.

    • E. 

      Progressive reforms that placed jobs under the merit system weakened the machines' power.

  • 24. 
    Closed primaries
    • A. 

      Discourage party loyalty.

    • B. 

      Cost less than open primaries.

    • C. 

      Encourage party loyalty.

    • D. 

      Depress voter turnout.

    • E. 

      Have fewer undercounts.

  • 25. 
    Blanket primaries
    • A. 

      Discourage party loyalty.

    • B. 

      Have fewer undercounts.

    • C. 

      Cost less than open primaries.

    • D. 

      Depress voter turnout.

    • E. 

      Encourage party loyalty.

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