Edwards, Lineberry Chp. 1

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Government Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz correlates with chapter 1 in the Edwards and Lineberry Government in America.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      The American Assocation of Retired Persons has the largest membership of any interest group.

    • B. 

      Third parties often endorse candidates for office, but rarely do they win elections.

    • C. 

      The federal bureaucracy is expanding as more and more citizens are hired for federal jobs.

    • D. 

      Numerous interest groups lobby Congress each year.

    • E. 

      Citizens are able to vote in local, state, and national elections.

  • 2. 
    According to traditional democratic theory, all of the following are characteristics of an ideal democracy EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Freedom of speech

    • B. 

      A bill of rights

    • C. 

      Equality of voting

    • D. 

      Citizens have collective control over the government's policy agenda

    • E. 

      Government extends rights to everyone who is subject to its laws

  • 3. 
    According to the elite and class theorists, which of the following statements describe the American political system?I.  Political action committees translate the financial power of large corporations into poltical influenceII.  Interest groups fairly shape the public agenda by representing the interests of all AmericansIII.  The wealthiest 1 percent of the public is in some way responsible for most policymakingIV.  Policymaking relies heavily on compromise becasue interest groups receive equal access to the policy arena.
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      II only

    • C. 

      I and III only

    • D. 

      II and IV only

    • E. 

      I, II, and IV only

  • 4. 
    The following functions are shared by all governments EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Maintaining a national defense

    • B. 

      Ensuring social equality

    • C. 

      Preserving order

    • D. 

      Providing public service

    • E. 

      Socializing the young

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Economic equality

    • B. 

      Tyranny of the majority

    • C. 

      Majority rule with minority rights

    • D. 

      Bicameralism

    • E. 

      Seniority

  • 6. 
    On which of the following indicators of democratic health does American democracy do poorly?
    • A. 

      Political equality

    • B. 

      Majority rule

    • C. 

      ,minority rights

    • D. 

      Voter turnout

    • E. 

      Freedom of speech

  • 7. 
    Linkage institutions are mechanisms through which citizens can influence the policy agenda.  All of hte following are linkage institutions EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The Constitution

    • B. 

      Political parties

    • C. 

      Interest groups

    • D. 

      The media

    • E. 

      Elections

  • 8. 
    According to pluralists, a wealthy interest group would
    • A. 

      Have more access to policymakers

    • B. 

      Compete with other interest groups for an equal share of influence

    • C. 

      Buy all of the votes on a piece of legislation

    • D. 

      Manipulate public opinion to support legislations proposed by Congress

    • E. 

      Have no influence on the policy agenda

  • 9. 
    Hyperpluralists differ from pluralists in their belief that
    • A. 

      The representation of too many interests is detrimental to policymaking

    • B. 

      Only the wealthiest lobbyists are heard in Congress

    • C. 

      Power should be centralized in one branch of government

    • D. 

      Competition among groups leads to compromise and, hence, stronger policy

    • E. 

      Political groups get their funds exclusively from big business

  • 10. 
    Politics is defined as
    • A. 

      The resolution of conflict in a way that serves the public

    • B. 

      Who gets what, when and how

    • C. 

      Conflict in society

    • D. 

      A course of action to solve a problem

    • E. 

      The exercise of power