Edwards, Lineberry Chp. 11

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Edwards, Lineberry Chp. 11

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  • 1. 
    What do the elite theorists believe about the influence of interest groups? 
    • A. 

      Each interest group has equal access to the government

    • B. 

      Interest groups counterbalance each other, so that no one group becomes too powerful

    • C. 

      Interest groups with large memberships are always more influential than those with smaller memberships

    • D. 

      Interest groups help create a more democratic government

    • E. 

      A few wealthy groups have the most influence

  • 2. 
    Smaller interets groups often meet with more success because
    • A. 

      They have highly developed methods of fundraising

    • B. 

      Their members have a great incentive to actively pursue their collective good

    • C. 

      They make large campaign contributions

    • D. 

      They have more resources with which to mobilize the public

    • E. 

      They pursue only less politicized issues

  • 3. 
    Citizens concerned about a proposal to redistribute federal funding to public schools would form which of the following groups?
    • A. 

      Public interest group

    • B. 

      Economic interest group

    • C. 

      Consumer interest group

    • D. 

      Elite interest group

    • E. 

      Class action group

  • 4. 
    Lawmakers often rely on lobbyists for all of the following reasons EXCEPT
    • A. 

      To come up with new policy ideas that they can introduce in Congress

    • B. 

      For advice on strategies to advance or prevent a piece of legislation

    • C. 

      For money that can legally supplement a lawmaker's salary

    • D. 

      To encourage group members to vote for them during re-election

    • E. 

      For expertise on a certain issue

  • 5. 
    Iron triangles are composed of
    • A. 

      A cabinet department, a legislative committee, and a federal judge

    • B. 

      A corporate board, an interest group, and the Speaker of the House

    • C. 

      A PAC, an interest group, and a congressional candidate

    • D. 

      An interest group, a legislative committee, and a federal agency

    • E. 

      A local civic group, a state legislator, and a federal department

  • 6. 
    Proponents of the pluralist theory argue that power is nearly evenly distributed among interest groups because
    • A. 

      The public participates equally in different types of interest groups

    • B. 

      All interest groups receive the same amount of federal funds

    • C. 

      Each policy area is assigned a limited number of related interest groups

    • D. 

      Interest groups each get the same attention from politicians

    • E. 

      Competition prevents any one group from becoming more influential

  • 7. 
    Which of the following statements accurately describe methods interest groups employ to influence policymaking?I.  Class action lawsuits allow interest groiups to sue in the name of a larger section of the publicII.  Interest groups meet with judges about cases that affect their policy areaIII. Interest groups make more PAC contributions to incumbents rather than challengersIV. Lobbyists provide policy expertise to lawmakersV.  Interest groups pay committee members to introduce favorable legislation
    • A. 

      III only

    • B. 

      I and IV only

    • C. 

      II and V only

    • D. 

      I, III, and IV only

    • E. 

      II, IV, and V only

  • 8. 
    Interest groups differ from political parties in which of the following ways?
    • A. 

      Interest groups link the public to the political process

    • B. 

      Interest groups pursue general policy goals in the political arena

    • C. 

      Interest groups try to shape specific policy goals

    • D. 

      Interest groups are not allowed to play any part in political campaigns

    • E. 

      Interest groups unite politicians with the same politicial ideology

  • 9. 
    Which of the following causes would most likely be taken up by a single-issue group?
    • A. 

      Abortion

    • B. 

      Corporate taxation

    • C. 

      International trade

    • D. 

      Workers' rights

    • E. 

      Social justice

  • 10. 
    The right of interest groups to organize is
    • A. 

      Protected by the First Amendment

    • B. 

      Protected by the Federal Election Campaign Act

    • C. 

      Protected by state laws

    • D. 

      Protected by the Fifth Amendment

    • E. 

      None of these

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