The Purposes Of Government Quiz

11 Questions | Total Attempts: 83

SettingsSettingsSettings
Please wait...
Government Quizzes & Trivia

Since the beginning of time there have been leaders of communities or nations whose sole purpose is to instill control and laws over the people they govern or their followers. Do you have a proper understanding of the leaders that formed past governments and what they believed in? The quiz below is designed to help you test out the facts that you know about them, give it a try and see how high you score.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Locke, Harrington, Hobbes, and Rousseau would most likely agree that
    • A. 

      The state developed out of force

    • B. 

      Those of royal birth should rule the state

    • C. 

      The state exists to serve the will of the people

    • D. 

      Government should be eliminated

  • 2. 
    The theory underlying modern democracies was developed to challenge the idea that
    • A. 

      Those of royal birth have absolute authority to rule

    • B. 

      The people as a whole are the sole source of political power

    • C. 

      The head oa a family, clan or tribe has the natural right to govern

    • D. 

      The strongest person or group has the right to control others by force

  • 3. 
    A federal government is one in which
    • A. 

      All power is concentrated in a central government

    • B. 

      Limited powers are assigned to a central agency by independent states

    • C. 

      Power is divided between a central government and local governments

    • D. 

      Powers are divided between a legislative branch and an executive branch

  • 4. 
    Which of the following statements is NOT tru of parliamentary government?
    • A. 

      The executive is chosen by the legislature

    • B. 

      The legislature is subject to direct control of the executive

    • C. 

      The prime minister and cabinet are part of the legislative branch

    • D. 

      The prime minister and cabinet must resign if they lose the support of a majority of the legislature

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is among the characteristics of a state?
    • A. 

      Population

    • B. 

      Territory

    • C. 

      Government

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements about sovereign states is NOT true?
    • A. 

      Sovereign states decide the own foreign and domestic policies

    • B. 

      Sovereign states can determine their own form of government

    • C. 

      A Country or city is considered sovereign because it is subordinate to a larger form of government

    • D. 

      Sovereign states have supreme power within their own territories

  • 7. 
    In a democracy, the will of the majority
    • A. 

      Cannot be changed or improved upon

    • B. 

      Is not open to compromise

    • C. 

      Rarely leads to satisfactory policy decisions

    • D. 

      Cannot be used to deprive rights to a member of a minority group

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is among the purposes of government outlined in the Preamble to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Defending the nation against foreign enemies

    • B. 

      Insuring order and domestic tranquility

    • C. 

      Promoting the general welfare of the citizens

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Which statement about the social contract theory is NOT true?
    • A. 

      The state was created voluntarily by a free people

    • B. 

      The state is a natural extension of people's family structure

    • C. 

      Governmental powers are granted by the people

    • D. 

      Governmental powers may be limited by the people

  • 10. 
    Which of the following illustrates the concept of equality of opportunity?
    • A. 

      Public schools may not exclude students because of their sex or race

    • B. 

      Citizens must obey the tax laws but may work to change them

    • C. 

      Governemnet may limit the beliefs and ideas of individuals

    • D. 

      Senators consider testimony both for and against Supreme Court nominees

  • 11. 
    Which of the following statements about the Internet is false?
    • A. 

      The internet makes is easier to gain knowledge about government

    • B. 

      The internet gives individuals the power to entertain and inform themselves

    • C. 

      The internet led to widespread on line voting in the 2000 elections

    • D. 

      The internet contains information that is not always reliable

Back to Top Back to top