Governmental Intervention Quiz Questions

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  • 1. 
    If someone believes that government can be a constructive force in individual lives their ideology is:
    • A. 

      Conservatism

    • B. 

      Liberalism

    • C. 

      Centrism

    • D. 

      Populism

  • 2. 
    The term "civil liberties," refers to liberties that:
    • A. 

      Apply in civil cases but not in criminal cases

    • B. 

      Apply in civil cases but not in military ones

    • C. 

      Are constitutionally protected from infringement by government

    • D. 

      Are constitutionally protected from infringement by individuals

  • 3. 
    The individual right that is considered to be the most fundamental to the maintenance of a democratic society is:
    • A. 

      The right to an attorney

    • B. 

      Freedom of expression

    • C. 

      The right to a jury trial

    • D. 

      The right to an adequate education

  • 4. 
    The supreme court's position on prior restraint of the press is that:
    • A. 

      National security needs are of highest priority

    • B. 

      Only classified government documents are subject to prior restraint

    • C. 

      Prior restraint can never be exercised by government

    • D. 

      Prior restraint should apply only in rare circumstances

  • 5. 
    The absorption of provisions of the Bill of Rights into the Fourteenth Amendment so that these rights are protected from infringements by the state governments is:
    • A. 

      The preferred position doctrine

    • B. 

      Procedural change

    • C. 

      Selective incorporation

    • D. 

      The absorption doctrine

  • 6. 
    The "establishment clause" prohibits government from:
    • A. 

      Establishing exceptions to the Bill of Rights

    • B. 

      Establishing exceptions to the 14th amendment

    • C. 

      Favoring one religion over another or supporting religion over no religion

    • D. 

      Interfering with the free exercise of religion

  • 7. 
    The ideology that emphasized that government has little obligation to improve individual lives is called:
    • A. 

      Conservatism

    • B. 

      Liberalism

    • C. 

      Centrism

    • D. 

      Populism

  • 8. 
    Like all other rights, the right of free expression is:
    • A. 

      Spelled out in precise terms in the Bill of Rights.

    • B. 

      Not absolute

    • C. 

      Fully respected by public officials

    • D. 

      Protected from action by federal officials but not state officials

  • 9. 
    The freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and petition are found in:
    • A. 

      The 1st amend.

    • B. 

      The 4th amend.

    • C. 

      The 6th amend.

    • D. 

      The 10th amend.

  • 10. 
    If someone yells fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire, and people are hurt in the ensuing panic, that individual abused his freedom of speech according to the doctrine of:
    • A. 

      Malice

    • B. 

      Clear and present danger

    • C. 

      Unlawful assembly

    • D. 

      Privacy

  • 11. 
    Disadvantaged Americans have gained their rights:
    • A. 

      Through the enlightened policies of advantaged Americans

    • B. 

      Through judicial action only

    • C. 

      Through struggle against entrenched interests

    • D. 

      Mainly through action by the states rather than the federal government

  • 12. 
    Before the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the political strategy of black Americans centered on achieving change through:
    • A. 

      Judicial action

    • B. 

      Legislative action

    • C. 

      Presidential action

    • D. 

      Bureaucratic action

  • 13. 
    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) held that racial segregation in schools violated the:
    • A. 

      Due process clause of the 5th amend.

    • B. 

      Due process clause of the 14th amend.

    • C. 

      Equal protection clause of the 14th amend.

    • D. 

      Civil rights act

  • 14. 
    Native Americans:
    • A. 

      Today number more than 1 million

    • B. 

      Have lower life expectancies than the national average

    • C. 

      Were not given citizenship until 1924

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 15. 
    Opponents of affirmative action have argued that it:
    • A. 

      Results in widespread reverse discrimination against white males

    • B. 

      Inevitably degenerates into a quota system, and therefore violates the law

    • C. 

      Is fair only when it is "victim specific," applying only to those individuals, who are personally discriminated against and hence deserve to benefit from government intervention

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    In the University of California Regents v. Bakke case, the Supreme Court:
    • A. 

      Invalidated the principle of affirmative action

    • B. 

      Ruled that Bakke should be admitted to medical school

    • C. 

      Endorsed quota systems as a legitimate basis of affirmative action

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 17. 
    In regard to affirmative action, the Supreme Court in recent years has:
    • A. 

      Moved to outlaw it

    • B. 

      Moved to narrow its application

    • C. 

      Asked Congress to clarify the policy

    • D. 

      Asked the president to clarify the policy

  • 18. 
    All of the following statements about Hispanic Americans are true except
    • A. 

      They are the fastest-growing minority in the United States

    • B. 

      They have made major political gains in terms of electing local officials, particularly in the Southwestern states

    • C. 

      They are one of the nation's older ethnic groups despite the fact that many of today's Hispanic Americans are relatively recent arrivals

    • D. 

      They are generally uniform in their political thinking and, whatever their country of origin, they tend to vote Democratic

  • 19. 
    Today, the majority of African-Americans in the nation:
    • A. 

      Live in neighborhoods that are fully integrated

    • B. 

      Send their children to schools that are mostly African-American

    • C. 

      Both A and B are true

    • D. 

      Both A and B are false

  • 20. 
    The presidential election in which the Gallup Poll erred badly was
    • A. 

      1928 Hoover-Smith

    • B. 

      1948 Truman-Dewey

    • C. 

      1964 Johnson-Goldwater

    • D. 

      2000 Buse-Gore

  • 21. 
    The key factor in determining the mathematical accuracy of an opinion poll is
    • A. 

      Population size - if the population is too big, the poll's accuracy cannot be accurately assessed

    • B. 

      Sample size - the sample must be over 1,500 for a poll to be accurate

    • C. 

      Whether the sample was selected from the population by a random method

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 22. 
    Sources of polling error include:
    • A. 

      Using polls not based on probability sampling

    • B. 

      Use of an unrepresentative sample

    • C. 

      Respondents' lack of knowledge or interest

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 23. 
    Individuals acquire their basic opinions through:
    • A. 

      Popular culture

    • B. 

      Social communication

    • C. 

      Socio-economic change

    • D. 

      Political socialization

  • 24. 
    A consistent pattern of opinion on particular issues that stems from a basic underlying belief is called:
    • A. 

      Conservatism

    • B. 

      An ideology

    • C. 

      Socialization

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 25. 
    The fact that Americans want better schools but also favor tax reduction shows that opinions can be:
    • A. 

      Motivated by emotion

    • B. 

      Contradictory

    • C. 

      Consistent

    • D. 

      Based upon misinformation

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