What Do You Know About Federal Bureaucracy? Trivia Quiz

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What Do You Know About Federal Bureaucracy? Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 
    In addition to a hierarchical authority structure, Max Weber argued that a bureaucracy involves all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Extensive rules

    • B. 

      An incentive system

    • C. 

      Task specialization

    • D. 

      The merit principle

    • E. 

      A hierarchical authority structure

  • 2. 
    As a whole, the permanent federal bureaucracy is
    • A. 

      Less diverse in terms of the type of jobs than the private sector

    • B. 

      Dominated by white males

    • C. 

      More broadly representative of the American people than the rest of the federal government

    • D. 

      Composed of an American elite

    • E. 

      Now employing 15 percent of the American work force

  • 3. 
    Which individual helped end the spoils system?
    • A. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B. 

      Andrew Jackson

    • C. 

      Andrew Johnson

    • D. 

      Charles Guiteau

    • E. 

      Jimmy Carter

  • 4. 
    Patronage is a hiring and promotion system based on
    • A. 

      Knowing the right people

    • B. 

      Civil service exams

    • C. 

      Talent and skill

    • D. 

      The Pendleton Act

    • E. 

      The merit principle

  • 5. 
    ____ systems are designed to hire and promote members of the bureaucracy on the basis of merit and to create a nonpartisan government service.
    • A. 

      Patronage

    • B. 

      Civil service

    • C. 

      Hatch

    • D. 

      Civilian

    • E. 

      Military

  • 6. 
    The Hatch Act, passed in 1940,
    • A. 

      Established the patronage system for federal employment

    • B. 

      Prohibited the president from firing the heads of independent executive agencies

    • C. 

      Prohibits federal civil service employees from active participation in partisan politics

    • D. 

      Required the publication of the plum book

    • E. 

      Established the federal civil service

  • 7. 
    According to Government in America, which of the following is a legitimate criticism of the federal civil service?
    • A. 

      Firing incompetents is extremely difficult

    • B. 

      Workers are not protected against political firings

    • C. 

      It does not operate on the merit principle

    • D. 

      Too many federal civil servants are actively involved in partisan politics

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is NOT true about presidential appointees to bureaucracies?
    • A. 

      They often do not know their own agency subordinates very well, much less people in other agencies.

    • B. 

      They must be recommended by the Office of Personnel Management's "rule of three.”

    • C. 

      As political appointees, they are often unaccustomed to the administrative routines, budget cycles, and legal complexities of their agencies or departments.

    • D. 

      They tend to spend fewer years in their positions than those in the civil service.

  • 9. 
    Which cabinet department is charged with overseeing the nation's national resources?
    • A. 

      Homeland Security

    • B. 

      Environmental Protection Agency

    • C. 

      Defense

    • D. 

      State

    • E. 

      Interior

  • 10. 
    There are ____ cabinet departments headed by a secretary chosen by the president and approved by the Senate.
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      15

    • D. 

      20

  • 11. 
    What is known as the “granddaddy” of the government corporations?
    • A. 

      The Tennessee Valley Authority

    • B. 

      The U.S. Postal Service

    • C. 

      Amtrak

    • D. 

      General Services Administration

    • E. 

      National Science Foundation

  • 12. 
    The General Services Administration and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration are examples of
    • A. 

      Government corporations

    • B. 

      Independent regulatory agencies

    • C. 

      Cabinet departments

    • D. 

      Independent executive agencies

  • 13. 
    Independent regulatory agencies have
    • A. 

      Complete independence from the president, but their policymakers are appointed by Congress

    • B. 

      Powerful rule-making, dispute-settling, and enforcement authority.

    • C. 

      No formal ties to either the president or the Congress

    • D. 

      Governing commissions composed of long-time federal Civil Service employees

  • 14. 
    Government corporations
    • A. 

      Operate an airline, manufacture steel, and provide health insurance

    • B. 

      Provide services and charge for them

    • C. 

      Tend to be captured by interest groups

    • D. 

      Are independent regulatory agencies

    • E. 

      Sell stock and pay dividends

  • 15. 
    Once a policy decision has been made, such as by passing a legislative act or issuing an executive order, the bureaucracy is responsible for
    • A. 

      Its ratification

    • B. 

      Its implementation

    • C. 

      Funding it

    • D. 

      Judging its merits

  • 16. 
    Those civil service employees who are in constant contact with the public (often a hostile one) and have considerable discretion are known as
    • A. 

      Street-level bureaucrats

    • B. 

      Routinizers

    • C. 

      General Schedule foot soldiers

    • D. 

      The Senior Executive Service

    • E. 

      Civil servants

  • 17. 
    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was successful for all of the following reasons EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Its goal was clear

    • B. 

      Its implementation was straightforward

    • C. 

      The authority of the implementers was plain

    • D. 

      It was universally supported

  • 18. 
    The _____ is the president’s own final authority on any agency’s budget.
    • A. 

      Congressional Budget Office

    • B. 

      Department of Treasury

    • C. 

      Securities and Exchange Commission

    • D. 

      Office of Management and Budget

    • E. 

      Office of the Vice President

  • 19. 
    A major problem for presidents and Congress in controlling bureaucracies is the existence of
    • A. 

      The plum book

    • B. 

      Supreme Court rulings curbing the scope of their oversight

    • C. 

      "iron triangles.”

    • D. 

      Standard operating procedures

    • E. 

      The incentive system

  • 20. 
    An "iron triangle" consists of
    • A. 

      Representatives of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the government

    • B. 

      The president, the head of a relevant congressional committee, and the head of any regulatory agency

    • C. 

      A bureaucratic agency, an interest group, and a congressional committee or subcommittee

    • D. 

      The metal stamp used to certify that the president has approved a new regulation and it now takes legal effect

    • E. 

      Those favoring regulation X, those opposing regulation X, and the regulatory agency in charge of overseeing X

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