AP US Government Exam Practice Test!

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  • 1. 
     The three-fifths compromise at the Constitutional Convention resolved delegates' differences over  the issue of state representation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Most governmental policies are made by a single institution. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The Declaration of Independence was written primarily by James Madison. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    A political issue arises when people disagree about a problem or about a public policy choice made to combat a problem. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
     Pluralist theory holds that because so many groups compete for power in the United States, none has a majority say and public roughly approximates the public interest.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The Connecticut Compromise at the Comstitutional Convention led to an agreement that slaves would be counted as three-fifths persons in the census for purposes of determining representation in Congress. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    The list of problems to which political leaders are paying serious attention is a  
    • A. 

      Legislative package

    • B. 

      Issue constellation

    • C. 

      Policy agenda

    • D. 

      Problem set

  • 8. 
    An example of public policymaking would be  
    • A. 

      The President meeting with the heads of oil companies

    • B. 

      Congress and the President deciding not to act on the Aids crisis.

    • C. 

      A majority of the public supporting the idea of government dealing with unemployment

    • D. 

      The press creating public concern about racial discrimination

  • 9. 
    A set of institutions and activities that link together government, politics, and public policy is  
    • A. 

      Political decision making

    • B. 

      A policymaking system

    • C. 

      A government

    • D. 

      A linkage institution

  • 10. 
     Public policy is defined as a
    • A. 

      Policy directed at more than one person

    • B. 

      Chioce that government makes in response to an issue

    • C. 

      Set of rules and regulations issued by a government agency

    • D. 

      Course of action to solve a problem

  • 11. 
    Which of the following is not a linkage institution? 
    • A. 

      Political parties

    • B. 

      The media

    • C. 

      Interest groups

    • D. 

      Congress

  • 12. 
    Which of these is a linkage institution? 
    • A. 

      USA Today

    • B. 

      The President's cabinet

    • C. 

      The House of Representatives

    • D. 

      The ambassador to France

  • 13. 
    the primary author of the Declararion of Independence was 
    • A. 

      King George III

    • B. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • D. 

      James Madison

  • 14. 
     The Declaration of Independence
    • A. 

      Contained completely new ideas on political philosophy

    • B. 

      Took several months to write

    • C. 

      Blamed the British parliament for the abuses on the colonies

    • D. 

      Bacame one of the most important statements of American political philosophy

  • 15. 
    John Locke believed in each of the following except
    • A. 

      Natural rights

    • B. 

      Consent of the governed

    • C. 

      Divine of right of kings

    • D. 

      Limited government

  • 16. 
    The justification for separation from England in the Declaration of Independence was based heavily on the ideas of the English philosopher 
    • A. 

      Henry VIII

    • B. 

      Oliver Cromwell

    • C. 

      John Locke

    • D. 

      Lord North

  • 17. 
     Thomas Jefferson's phrase "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" was a modification of John Locke's phrase "life, liberty, ___
    • A. 

      Property

    • B. 

      Health

    • C. 

      Equality

    • D. 

      Heaven

  • 18. 
    Beginning in 1781, the US was governed under the 
    • A. 

      Current US Constitution

    • B. 

      Mayflower Compact

    • C. 

      British Constitution

    • D. 

      Articles of Confederation

  • 19. 
    The US government under the Articles of Confederation can best be described as  
    • A. 

      Weak and ineffective

    • B. 

      Dictatorial

    • C. 

      A personal tool of George Washington

    • D. 

      Overly bureaucratic

  • 20. 
    Under the Articles of Confederation, most governmental power rested in  
    • A. 

      The President

    • B. 

      The state government

    • C. 

      The Congress

    • D. 

      The national government

  • 21. 
    The ___, offered as one possible scheme at the Constitutional Convention called for each state to be equally represented in Congress 
    • A. 

      Equal Rights Amendment

    • B. 

      Three-fifths compromise

    • C. 

      New Jersey plan

    • D. 

      Virginia

  • 22. 
    As originally established by the Constitutional the House of Representatives had how many members from each state?  
    • A. 

      Two

    • B. 

      Seven

    • C. 

      It depended on the state's population

    • D. 

      One

  • 23. 
    On the issue of slaves, the Constitutional specified  
    • A. 

      A boundary, known as the Mason-Dixon line, south of which slavery would be legal

    • B. 

      That slaves would count as three-fifths persons for counting the nation's population and determining seats in the House

    • C. 

      That slavery would be banned beginning in 1800

    • D. 

      Nothing- it was too controversial

  • 24. 
    The Constitutional Convention dealt with slavery by  
    • A. 

      Counting the slaves as a full part of the population for the purposes of representation in the House

    • B. 

      Recognizing it by providing for the return of escaped slaves

    • C. 

      Prohibiting it after 20 years

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