Chapter 10 - Elections And Voting Behavior

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When it comes to voting there are different ways in which people vote, it can either be due to the relationship with the candidate, their reputation or standing with the community. People in power and not new people who much is not known often win this day’s elections in most places. We got to get a good understanding on elections and voting behavior in chapter ten. Take this quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Elections serve the purpose of
    • A. 

      Socializing and institutionalizing political activity

    • B. 

      Providing regular access to political power

    • C. 

      Providing a legitimate means to replace leaders

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    In the United States, elections are used to
    • A. 

      Select party nominees

    • B. 

      Select officeholders

    • C. 

      Make or ratify legislation

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    Voters in some states can put a proposed law on the ballot with
    • A. 

      An initiative petition

    • B. 

      An opinion poll

    • C. 

      A referendum

    • D. 

      A three-fifths vote

  • 4. 
    A reeferendum is used to give voters a chance to approve a porposed legislative act or constitutional amendment
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    In the election of 1800,
    • A. 

      Candidates were nominated at national conventions

    • B. 

      The focus of the campaign was on voters

    • C. 

      The candidat with the second-highest number of electoral votes became vice president

    • D. 

      Media coverage was extensive

  • 6. 
    In the election of 1896, the Republicans supported
    • A. 

      Low tariffs

    • B. 

      The gold standard

    • C. 

      Rural farmers in debt

    • D. 

      Unlimited coinage of silver

  • 7. 
    • Which candidate traveled through 26 states and logged 18,000 miles?
    • A. 

      William McKinley

    • B. 

      Grover Cleveland

    • C. 

      John Adams

    • D. 

      William Jennings Bryan

  • 8. 
    Voter turnout in 1896 approached
    • A. 

      20 percent

    • B. 

      60 percent

    • C. 

      50 percent

    • D. 

      80 percent

  • 9. 
    The election of 2000 boiled down to who would win the state of
    • A. 

      California

    • B. 

      Pennsylvania

    • C. 

      Florida

    • D. 

      New York

  • 10. 
    In 2004, George W. Bush successfully portrayed John Kerry as a "flip flopper."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    A paradox in American electoral history is that while suffrage has expanded,
    • A. 

      Fewer Americans exercise the right to vote

    • B. 

      Participation in elections has increased

    • C. 

      People place greater value on their right to vote

    • D. 

      Fewer people are eligibe to vote

  • 12. 
    Rational people might decide that the costs of voting outweight the benefits
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Which of the following factors is NOT central to the decision of whether or not to vote?
    • A. 

      Perceived policy differences between the parties

    • B. 

      The knowledge that most elections are extremely close

    • C. 

      A sense of political efficacy

    • D. 

      A sense of civic duty

  • 14. 
    The belief that ordinary people can influence the government is known as
    • A. 

      Political efficacy

    • B. 

      Rational behavior

    • C. 

      Civic Duty

    • D. 

      Class-based voting

  • 15. 
    The voter registration system is 
    • A. 

      Implemented by federal authorities

    • B. 

      More restrictive in Northern states

    • C. 

      An important factor in low voter turnout

    • D. 

      The same in every state

  • 16. 
    The Moter Voter Act made voter registration easier.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    All other things being equal, who of the following individuals is most likely to vote?
    • A. 

      A single person

    • B. 

      A married government employee

    • C. 

      A high school drop-out

    • D. 

      A southern black

  • 18. 
    Politicians and political scientists agree on the relevance of the mandate theory of elections.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Which of the following factors is NOT ventral to the decision of how to vote?
    • A. 

      Simplified registration procedures

    • B. 

      Party identification

    • C. 

      Candidate evaluation

    • D. 

      Policy voting

  • 20. 
    A study by Rosenberg and McCafferty concluded that
    • A. 

      A candidate's appearance and image has no real effect on voters

    • B. 

      Policy voting has become the single most important determinant of how to vote.

    • C. 

      It is possible to manipulate a candidate's appearance in a way that affects voters' choices

    • D. 

      Party identification has all but disappeared as a determinant of how to vote.

  • 21. 
    Studies have shown that the most important dimensions of candidate image is
    • A. 

      Integrity

    • B. 

      Reliability

    • C. 

      Competence

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 22. 
    Whic of the following condidtions is NOT central to policy voting?
    • A. 

      A voter's clear view of his or her policy preferences

    • B. 

      A voter's knowledge of where the candidates stand

    • C. 

      A voter's party identification

    • D. 

      A vote for the candidate whose positions match those of the voter

  • 23. 
    No longer can a candidate ge ta party's nomination without taking stands on the major issues of the day
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    The electoral college system was created by
    • A. 

      Political practice

    • B. 

      Political parties

    • C. 

      An act of Congress

    • D. 

      The Constitution

  • 25. 
    Which of the following statements about the electoral college is FALSE?
    • A. 

      It is used in many countries of the world

    • B. 

      Each state has as many electors as it has senators and representatives

    • C. 

      In most states, there is a winner-take all system

    • D. 

      Electoral college votes are counted when the new congressional session opens in January

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