Facts You Didn't Know About US Presidential Election! Trivia Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The three kinds of elections in the U.S. are
    • A. 

      Primary elections, general elections, and elections on specific policy questions

    • B. 

      Primary elections, secondary elections, and tertiary elections

    • C. 

      Primary elections, ancillary elections, corollary elections

    • D. 

      Primary elections, general elections, and competitive elections

    • E. 

      Primary elections, competitive elections, and noncompetitive elections

  • 2. 
    The initiative is put on the ballot as a result of
    • A. 

      The governor's order

    • B. 

      A Supreme Court ruling

    • C. 

      A petition signed by a certain percentage of the voters

    • D. 

      Public opinion polls showing strong support for a certain measure not acted upon by the legislature

    • E. 

      A special, legally constituted convention voting to place it there

  • 3. 
    Which of the following does NOT characterize presidential elections around 1800?
    • A. 

      The candidates barnstormed the country campaigning and giving speeches

    • B. 

      Most of the campaigning was done by state and local party organizations

    • C. 

      Campaigns were directed at state legislators, not the voters

    • D. 

      Newspaper coverage of the campaign was extremely biased and dishonest

    • E. 

      All of these describe the pathetic, sordid, sorry state of early American elections—we've come a long way, baby!

  • 4. 
    The presidential election of 1800 was
    • A. 

      The first use of direct primaries in the United States

    • B. 

      Decided by the House of Representatives after a tie in the electoral college

    • C. 

      Notable for the importance of key convention speeches to swing the votes in the Electoral College

    • D. 

      The first transition of power between parties accomplished by voters' ballots in the history of the world

    • E. 

      Influenced by media intent on forcing the incumbent out of office

  • 5. 
    In the original constitutional system,
    • A. 

      Each presidential elector cast two ballots and the top vote-getter was named president and the runner-up became vice president

    • B. 

      The Senate elected the president and the House of Representatives elected the vice president

    • C. 

      Each presidential elector cast one ballot for one of the president/vice president teams running

    • D. 

      The state legislatures elected the president and vice president, with the candidate getting the second most votes becoming vice president

    • E. 

      The president, once elected by the Electoral College, chose the vice president

  • 6. 
    In the Electoral College vote in the election of 1800, there was a tie between
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

    • B. 

      John Adams and James Madison

    • C. 

      John Adams and Aaron Burr

    • D. 

      Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr

  • 7. 
    The issue of free silver (to increase the amount of currency in circulation) was championed in the election of 1896 by ________, whose most famous oration was his "Cross of Gold" speech at the Democratic national convention.
    • A. 

      Grover Cleveland

    • B. 

      William McKinley

    • C. 

      William Jennings Bryan

    • D. 

      Theodore Roosevelt

  • 8. 
    The election of 2000 hinged on who had won
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Texas

    • C. 

      Florida

    • D. 

      Ohio

  • 9. 
    In Bush v. Gore (2000), the United States Supreme Court ruled that
    • A. 

      The Florida Supreme Court did not have jurisdiction over the presidential election legal issues

    • B. 

      Although a recount was legal, the same (or more precise) standards for evaluating ballots would have to be applied in all counties

    • C. 

      The butterfly ballot was unconstitutional

    • D. 

      The time used to recount ballots could extend past December 12, when the Florida electors would meet

  • 10. 
    The greater one's sense of political efficacy, the
    • A. 

      Less likely one is to vote

    • B. 

      More likely one is to vote

    • C. 

      Greater one's chance of being defeated in an election

    • D. 

      Less likely one is to view the election process in the United States as legitimate

  • 11. 
    The impact of the Motor Voter Act of 1993 was evidenced in
    • A. 

      Higher registration and higher turnout in 1996 and 2000

    • B. 

      Higher registration and lower turnout in 1996 and 2000

    • C. 

      No changes in either registration or turnout in 1996 and 2000

    • D. 

      Lower registration and higher turnout in 1996 and 2000

  • 12. 
    When President Herbert Hoover and the Republicans were crushed in the election of 1932, voters were responding to the severity of the Great Depression under Hoover's presidency by
    • A. 

      Retrospective voting

    • B. 

      Indirect primary voting

    • C. 

      Direct primary voting

    • D. 

      Initiative

  • 13. 
    The Electoral College was originally established in order to
    • A. 

      Provide direct election of the president by the people, although its operation has had the opposite effect

    • B. 

      Merely certify the results of the people's choice for president and vice president

    • C. 

      Give the nation's elite the power to choose the president and vice president rather than the people directly

    • D. 

      Insure high voter turnouts in elections throughout the country

    • E. 

      Give legitimacy to the presidency, which was regarded suspiciously by most people as another potential monarchy

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