Comparative Western Political Systems

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  • 1. 
    How many members are in the Bundestag?
    • A. 

      321

    • B. 

      424

    • C. 

      69

    • D. 

      588

    • E. 

      100

  • 2. 
    The Chancellor of Germany is appointed:
    • A. 

      By the President, with a relationship of confidence from the Bundestag.

    • B. 

      By the President, with a vote of confidence from the Bundesrat.

    • C. 

      By the President, with a vote of confidence from the Bundestag.

    • D. 

      Automatically, as the leader of the majority party in the Bundestag.

  • 3. 
    The 6 major parties in the French government are the:
    • A. 

      Communists (PCF), Greens (V), Socialists (PS), Democratic Movement (MD), Christain Democrat Union (CDU), National Front (FN)

    • B. 

      Communists (PCF), Greens (V), Socialists (PS), Democratic Movement (MD), Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), National Front (FN)

    • C. 

      Communists (PCF), Greens (V), Socialists (PS), Democratic Movement (MD), Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), Conservative Party (C).

    • D. 

      The Left (L), Greens (V), Socialists (PS), Democratic Movement (MD), Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), Conservative Party (C).

  • 4. 
    The first period of cohabitation in the French government was (President-PM):
    • A. 

      Mitterrand-Jospin (1986-1988)

    • B. 

      Chirac-Jospin (1986-1988)

    • C. 

      Chirac-Jospin (1997-2002)

    • D. 

      Mitterrand-Chirac (1986-1988)

  • 5. 
    Who is the head of state in Great Britain?
    • A. 

      The Prime Minister

    • B. 

      The Chancellor

    • C. 

      The Shadow Prime Minister

    • D. 

      The Queen

  • 6. 
    The electoral system of Great Britain is:
    • A. 

      Double-ballot majority system

    • B. 

      Plurality with single member constituencies

    • C. 

      Proportional representation

  • 7. 
    The most powerful head of government in the world is:
    • A. 

      Chancellor of Germany

    • B. 

      Prime Minister of Great Britain

    • C. 

      President of France

    • D. 

      Prime Minister of Italy

  • 8. 
    If the Bundestag is unable to reach an absolute majority when voting for the Chancellor:
    • A. 

      The President can pick the Chancellor.

    • B. 

      The President can pick the relative majority winner.

    • C. 

      The President can call for an election.

    • D. 

      Either A or C

    • E. 

      Either B or C.

  • 9. 
    The first Grand Coaltion in Germany was between:
    • A. 

      The Left and the Socialists

    • B. 

      The Socialists and the Christain Democrat Union

    • C. 

      The Liberal Democratic Party and the Christain Democrat Union

  • 10. 
    When 2 parties are enough to create a winning coalition, it is called:
    • A. 

      A minimum winning coalition

    • B. 

      An oversized coaltion

    • C. 

      A grand coalition

    • D. 

      A simple coalition

  • 11. 
    The 4 main objective ways to evaluate political systems are:
    • A. 

      Political stability, alternation, satisfaction, accountability

    • B. 

      Political stability, alternation, performance, satisfaction

    • C. 

      Political stability, popularity, alternation, performance

    • D. 

      Political stability, alternation, performance, accountability

  • 12. 
    The 2 main subjective ways to evaluate political systems are:
    • A. 

      Perfomance, satisfaction

    • B. 

      Popularity, satisfaction

    • C. 

      Accountability, popularity

    • D. 

      Satisfaction, accountability

  • 13. 
    The current Chancellor of Germany.
  • 14. 
    The Prime Minister of Great Britain, who served from 1979 to 1990.
  • 15. 
    The only French Prime Minister to have served twice.
  • 16. 
    The current Foreign Minister of Germany, who is the first openly gay member to hold this position.
  • 17. 
    Alongside with President Mitterrand of France, this Chancellor was the architect of the Maastricht Treaty.
  • 18. 
    Because government power in Great Britain is wielded by the majority party, the government is a _________ government.
  • 19. 
    In France, when the President is obliged to appoint a Prime Minister from a different party since that different party holds the majority in parliament, ____________ occurs.
  • 20. 
    The political system of France is known as a __________ democracy.