Federalist 10 Quiz

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POLS 2310 Federalist 10 Quiz


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  • 1. 
    According to Madison, which of the following was the case about the history of democracy in 1787?
    • A. 

      The more responsive democracies were to majority rule, the more effective their governments were perceived to be.

    • B. 

      Democracies had a history of being both unjust and unstable.

    • C. 

      Monarchies and aristocracies were destined to be replaced through democratic revolutions.

    • D. 

      The democracies that tended to be long-lasting were systems that established constitutional separation of powers.

  • 2. 
    According to Madison in Federalist 10, which of the following was true in many of the thirteen states in 1787?
    • A. 

      Decisions were made based on the self-interested pressure of the majority rather than on justice or minority rights.

    • B. 

      Americans had shown that an educated populace is able to overcome the historical problems of democracy.

    • C. 

      People in the states realized that their governments were insufficiently responsive to majority rule, and needed to be reformed.

    • D. 

      Carefully shaped public policy had succeeded in overcoming the economic problems that were associated with the Revolutionary War.

  • 3. 
    According to Madison's definition in Federalist 10, which of the following would most accurately be characterized as a faction?
    • A. 

      A large group of Dallas Cowboys fans is passionate about their team and meets every week in the same location to cheer wildly and loudly during football games.

    • B. 

      A group of fantasy football fanatics bets money on how well players will play, and so the members of the group have a financial interest at stake with the outcome of games.

    • C. 

      A group representing the owners of professional football teams seeks to have Congress pass legislation to create tax breaks for such teams that would benefit those owners.

    • D. 

      A group of players on the Detroit Lions football team joins together to seek the firing of the coach in the belief that it is the coach that is keeping them from prospering.

  • 4. 
    According to Madison, the most common and durable source of faction is which of the following?
    • A. 

      The various and unequal distribution of property

    • B. 

      The fallibility of human reason

    • C. 

      The liberty that people have to form groups

    • D. 

      Different religious opinions

  • 5. 
    Which is not true of factions as Madison defines them?
    • A. 

      They can be small or large.

    • B. 

      They are problems associated mainly with majority rule.

    • C. 

      One source of their origin is human selfishness.

    • D. 

      While they may claim to seek the public good, they are driven by passion or interest.

  • 6. 
    According to Madison, one method that has traditionally been used to prevent teh formation of factions is to
    • A. 

      Establish economic prosperity so hat people will not need factions

    • B. 

      Start foreign wars to divert people's attention

    • C. 

      Remove the liberty of people in the community to form these groups

    • D. 

      Establish a system of checks and balances

  • 7. 
    According to Madison, factions form because of differences in
    • A. 

      Ambition, vindictiveness, and rapacity

    • B. 

      Equality, rights, and consent

    • C. 

      Temperance, justice, and public spiritedness

    • D. 

      Opinions, passions, and interests

  • 8. 
    Madison attempts to prevent injustice and instability caused by a minority faction based on interests by
    • A. 

      Making people's interests less important to them than in other democracies.

    • B. 

      Making the people share the same economic interest.

    • C. 

      Shaping the government so that it uses a system of majority rule.

    • D. 

      Creating a large majority interest group that will overwhelm any minority interest group.

  • 9. 
    Madison attempts to prevent injustice and instability caused by a majority faction based on interests by
    • A. 

      Making people's interests less important to them than in other democracies.

    • B. 

      Making certain that everyone who is affected by the laws has a voice in making them.

    • C. 

      Shaping the country so there will be no majority with the same precise economic interest.

    • D. 

      Following the example of Sparta and leading people to realize that other things are more important than economic well-being.

  • 10. 
    According to analysis of The Federalist, how is the Constitution designed to prevent injustice and instability from factions based on opinions and passions?
    • A. 

      . It teaches people to respect one another's opinions and to resist violence.

    • B. 

      It shapes the circumstances of civil society so opinions and passions will be less important to people than economic interests.

    • C. 

      It creates a circumstance with many different factions based on opinion and passion, none of which is large enough to be a majority.

    • D. 

      It works to make people understand that violence removes any chance for stable satisfaction of basic needs.