Foreign Service Officers Exam! Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 
    The council of Economic Advisers advises which of the following on monetary and fiscal policy?
    • A. 

      The Federal Reserve Bank

    • B. 

      The Joint Economic Committee of Congress

    • C. 

      The President of the United States

    • D. 

      The Senate Budget Committee

  • 2. 
    An e-mail address must follow a specific form and contain certain elements; however, numerous derivatives are allowed. Which is NOT a proper e-mail address form?
  • 3. 
    At the end of the year you are asked to summarize the performance evaluation ratings of the nine employees that you supervise. Their scores on a 5-point scale are 2.0, 2.5, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, and 4.5. When reporting the descriptive statistics on your group, you have to report the mean, median, and mode of their performance evaluations. These numbers in correct order are:
    • A. 

      3.33, 3.5, 4.0

    • B. 

      3.5, 4.0, 3.33

    • C. 

      3.33, 4.0, 3.5

    • D. 

      3.33, 3.33, 4.0

  • 4. 
    Which of the following authorized Congress to legislate against slavery?
    • A. 

      Thirteenth Amendment

    • B. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

    • C. 

      Cessation of War Powers

    • D. 

      Nineteenth Amendment

  • 5. 
    When writing or producing a story, most journalists agree "background information" means that the:
    • A. 

      Source will no be specifically identified

    • B. 

      Source will be specifically identified

    • C. 

      Story's subject will not be specifically identified

    • D. 

      Stories subject will be specifically identified

  • 6. 
    You are Traveling to a foreign country. on the day of arrival you spend 168.00 in the local currency. The exchange rate is 8.00 = $1.00 U.S. The next day you travel to a neighboring country and spend 245.00 in that country's currency. The exchange rate is 4.00 = $1.00 U.S. How much, in U.S. money, did you spend in total?
    • A. 

      $62.25

    • B. 

      $81.20

    • C. 

      $82.25

    • D. 

      $84.00

  • 7. 
    The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 was expanded by President:
    • A. 

      Theodore Roosevelt to assert a U.S. right to intervene in Latin America to preserve law and order.

    • B. 

      Woodrow Wilson to support Great Britain against German aggression.

    • C. 

      Franklin Roosevelt to extend U.S. influence in the Pacific.

    • D. 

      Lyndon Johnson to protect U.S. interests in southeast Asia

  • 8. 
    Which of the following scenarios describes a situation in which "gerrymandering" might be in evidence?
    • A. 

      A congressional district traditionally has an almost even split between voters from each major party.

    • B. 

      One congressional district in a state has many more voters per square mile than the other districts in the state

    • C. 

      An oddly shaped congressional district has a majority of voters from one of the two major parties while surrounding districts have majorities from the other major party.

    • D. 

      The representative to the House of Representatives from a congressional district ina large state is a member of one major party while the majority of voters in the district are members of another party

  • 9. 
    SOTAll of the following are examples of United States products that would typically fail to be produced to optimal output without government intervention EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      National defense products

    • B. 

      Light provided by lighthouses

    • C. 

      New automobiles

    • D. 

      New highways

  • 10. 
    Which sub-Saharan African countries were independent at the end of World War II in 1945?
    • A. 

      Nigeria and Kenya

    • B. 

      Senegal and Ghana

    • C. 

      Mozambique, Ghana, and Somalia

    • D. 

      Liberia, Ethiopia, and South Africa

  • 11. 
    Marshall McLuhan's "global village" refers to:
    • A. 

      The persistence of traditional societies within modernized nations

    • B. 

      The fact that the majority of the world's population still lives in rural areas

    • C. 

      Universal access to information through electronic media

    • D. 

      The tendency of nations to specialize as tradespeople used to a village setting

  • 12. 
    Return on investment (ROI) is often used as an indicator of an organization's success. If ROI is calculated by computing profits as a percentage of capital invested, which of the following statements is true when comparing Company A (net profits of $1.5 million, $6.0 million capital investment) and Company B (net profits of $1.0 million, $4.0 million capital investment)?
    • A. 

      Company A is more successful than company B

    • B. 

      Company B is more successful than company A

    • C. 

      Both companies are equally successful

    • D. 

      Neither company is a success

  • 13. 
    People are MOST likely to feel stressed if they:
    • A. 

      Try to ignore a problem and hope it will go away

    • B. 

      Work in a very noisy environment that makes it hard to concentrate

    • C. 

      Believe they are incapable of dealing with a situation

    • D. 

      Have a great many things to do both at home and at work

  • 14. 
    As a supervisor, you have noticed the poor performance of one of your subordinates. Another manager in you department suggests that this subordinate needs some retraining, but you recognize that training will work only if the problem is that the subordinate.
    • A. 

      Lacks the material resources to do the job

    • B. 

      Is not getting paid enough to do the job

    • C. 

      Lacks the skills to do the job

    • D. 

      Lacks the motivation to do the job

  • 15. 
    A traditionally structured, effective,  persuasive speech incorporates which of the following in support of a thesis or claim?
    • A. 

      Anecdotes and jargon

    • B. 

      Reasons and evidence

    • C. 

      Slippery slope arguments and circular reasoning

    • D. 

      Newspaper features and personal interviews.

  • 16. 
    The War Powers Resolution specifies that the U.S. troops:
    • A. 

      Cannot be sent into combat without prior congressional approval

    • B. 

      Must be withdrawn from combat within 90 days unless Congress approves their deployment

    • C. 

      Can only be sent into combat by order of the president in a national emergency

    • D. 

      Cannot be sent into combat unless congress declares war.

  • 17. 
    How did the end of World War II affect women's employment in the 1950's in the United States?
    • A. 

      Women gave up their jobs to veterans and returned to staying at home, greatly decreasing the numbers of women in paid wage labor.

    • B. 

      Women lost higher paying jobs to veterans but many returned to lower-paying jobs.

    • C. 

      Women competed with returning veterans to keep their high-paying jobs, resulting in the first "equal pay for equal work" legislation

    • D. 

      In order to make room for veterans to resume their old jobs, the U.S. government sponsored leadership programs to retrain women as executives and corporation managers.

  • 18. 
    The reduction in the number of Newspapers in the United States is primarily due to:
    • A. 

      The better quality of and greater competition among newspapers

    • B. 

      The lack of finances to support newspapers

    • C. 

      Television's more comprehensive coverage of news events

    • D. 

      Consumer preferences for listening to or watch news events

  • 19. 
    When engaged in work activities, people are likely to be most creative when:
    • A. 

      They see their work as a valued goal in is own right

    • B. 

      They believe that they will receive a reward separate from what the work itself provides

    • C. 

      They see their work as a valued goal in its own right and believe they will be well paid

    • D. 

      Pay is linked directly to productivity

  • 20. 
    Compared to older methods of direct coercion and threat, contemporary organizations are more likely to exercise power through:
    • A. 

      Collaboration and reason

    • B. 

      Competition and antagonism

    • C. 

      Compassion and empathy

    • D. 

      Manipulation and negotiation

  • 21. 
    Which of the following countries imports the most U.S. merchandise?
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      Germany

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      United Kingdom

  • 22. 
    Which of the following extensions would appear on a fle made by a word processing program?
    • A. 

      .eps

    • B. 

      .doc

    • C. 

      .xls

    • D. 

      .exe

  • 23. 
    Which of the following treaties was not approved by the U.S. Senate?
    • A. 

      Threshold Test Ban treaty of 1974

    • B. 

      Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty of 1979

    • C. 

      Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1988

    • D. 

      Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty of 1992

  • 24. 
    Which of the following methods is LEAST likely to be effective in promoting teamwork in the workplace?
    • A. 

      Encouraging worker participation in decision making

    • B. 

      Avoiding discipline in the interest of teamwork

    • C. 

      Showing appreciation for team efforts

    • D. 

      Being flexible in making assignments

  • 25. 
    Prior to the Ottoman incursion into Europe, Kosovo was of special national significance to which of the following ethnic groups
    • A. 

      Jews

    • B. 

      Serbs

    • C. 

      Greeks

    • D. 

      Croats

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