FSOT : United States Government Questions! Trivia Quiz

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FSOT : United States Government Questions! Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 
    Before a case can be heard by a court, it must have all but one of the following.  The one condition that need not be present is:
    • A. 

      Two real parties.

    • B. 

      Parties must have a personal and substantial interest injury.

    • C. 

      The case must be a real situation and not a hypothetical situation.

    • D. 

      The case must be based on the common law.

  • 2. 
    A political device of drawing irregular district lines in order to favor one political power over another is called:
    • A. 

      Gerrymandering.

    • B. 

      Filibustering.

    • C. 

      Federalizing.

    • D. 

      Rezoning.

  • 3. 
    Someone gets married in Illinois and moves to Wisconsin.  On what constitutional grounds is the marriage recognized?
    • A. 

      Full, faith, and credit.

    • B. 

      Due process.

    • C. 

      Equal protection.

    • D. 

      Right of rendition.

  • 4. 
    Congress can override a Presidential veto of a congressional bill by:
    • A. 

      Not signing the bill.

    • B. 

      Passing the bill again by a two-thirds majority in both houses.

    • C. 

      Filibustering.

    • D. 

      Voting to place the bill in the congressional record.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following groups was the last to receive the right to vote in the United States?
    • A. 

      Women.

    • B. 

      Non-property owners.

    • C. 

      African Americans.

    • D. 

      Youth ages 18 to 21 years old.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following amendments to the constitution affect the political process by declaring that the Federal government should not interfere with the press?
    • A. 

      First.

    • B. 

      Fifth.

    • C. 

      Seventh.

    • D. 

      None - no amendment refers to the press.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following taxes would most likely be considered progressive?
    • A. 

      Property tax.

    • B. 

      Sales tax.

    • C. 

      Income tax.

    • D. 

      Cigarette tax.

  • 8. 
    Open market operations in economic policy refer to which of the following?
    • A. 

      The buying and selling of securities by the Federal Reserve to affect the economy.

    • B. 

      The reduction in trade barriers to facilitate trade (for example, NAFTA).

    • C. 

      The clearance of checks by the Federal Reserve.

    • D. 

      The lending by the Federal Reserve to member banks who then make loans.

  • 9. 
    The scientific management school of public administration affected the organization of many cities.  Its approach was based upon the conception of the city as:
    • A. 

      A responsive mechanism; the need of the city to be responsive to all groups in a city.

    • B. 

      A representative mechanism; the city must have on the council exact proportions of each major social group in the city.

    • C. 

      A service deliverer concerned with efficiency and economy of service provision.

    • D. 

      A holding corporation whose purpose is to contract with private businesses to provide services.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following describes the differences between Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)?
    • A. 

      TANF is entirely federal, which AFDC was a federal-state cooperative program.

    • B. 

      There was no time limit on receiving AFDC; for TANF, you can only receive funding for five years.

    • C. 

      AFDC did not go to non-citizen immigrants; TANF does include them.

    • D. 

      AFDC included the provision of child care; TANF does not.

  • 11. 
    Medicare does use tax dollars from the general treasury for some of its programs.  Other programs are restricted to amounts in the trust fund.  For what are tax dollars used as a portion of the funding?
    • A. 

      Hospital payment.

    • B. 

      Physicians and outpatient services.

    • C. 

      Nursing homes for custodial care.

    • D. 

      Experimental procedures.

  • 12. 
    The Council of Economic Advisers advices 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.

  • 13. 
    On what basis does Medicare pay hospitals for the care of those covered by Medicare?
    • A. 

      On the basis of what is charged.

    • B. 

      By establishing a grant to the hospital based upon how many Medicare patients are treated.

    • C. 

      By a price list for each service rendered (established by a national expenditure committee).

    • D. 

      On the basis of a predetermined amount for the condition for which the person was admitted.

  • 14. 
    Concerning the poverty rate for senior citizens, which of the following is correct?
    • A. 

      It has significantly increased over the last 25 years.

    • B. 

      It has been reduced primarily because of the indexing of social security.

    • C. 

      It has remained the same despite policy efforts to reduce it.

    • D. 

      It fell from 1980 to 1990, then rose again, approximating the level in 1980.

  • 15. 
    Following WWII, the United States instituted a massive effort to rebuild Europe.  What is the name to this policy?
    • A. 

      The Marshall Plan.

    • B. 

      NATO.

    • C. 

      SEATO.

    • D. 

      Point Four.

  • 16. 
    From recommendations of the 9/11 commission, what change did Congress make in the U.S. national security structure?
    • A. 

      Combined the CIA and the NSA.

    • B. 

      Made the National Security Council a cabinet department equal with the State and Defense.

    • C. 

      Created an independent office of Director of Intelligence, a job previously performed by the director of the CIA.

    • D. 

      Removed the counter-intellicence function from the FBI and gave it to the CIA.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is not a statutory member of the National Security Council?
    • A. 

      Vice president.

    • B. 

      Secretary of State.

    • C. 

      Secretary of Defense.

    • D. 

      Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff

  • 18. 
    Unless told otherwise, a professional journalist will most likely consider anything said by a source to be:
    • A. 

      Off the record.

    • B. 

      On the record.

    • C. 

      On background.

    • D. 

      Not attributable.

  • 19. 
    The National Labor Relations Act established:
    • A. 

      A "cooling off" period before workers in a critical industry could strike.

    • B. 

      The right of the federal workers in non-defense agencies to organize and strike.

    • C. 

      The government's right to prohibit strikes by industrial workers during war time.

    • D. 

      Collective bargaining and the right to organize as a national policy.

  • 20. 
    The Freedom of Information Act, enacted by the Congress in 1966, was expanded in 1996 to encompass:
    • A. 

      Audiotaped transcripts.

    • B. 

      Supreme Court deliberations.

    • C. 

      Electronic records.

    • D. 

      Presidential campaign contributions.

  • 21. 
    In federal government budgeting, "mandatory" spending differs from "discretionary" spending in which way?
    • A. 

      Legislative committees may not cut mandatory spending levels.

    • B. 

      Mandatory spending is not subject to the annual appropriations process.

    • C. 

      Discretionary spending increases in one budget category must be offset by reductions elsewhere.

    • D. 

      Bill to re-categorize mandatory funding as discretionary must originate in the House.

  • 22. 
    Why did President Franklin Roosevelt recommended expanding the size of the Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      Because it had a large backlog of cases.

    • B. 

      He wanted the court to represent a greater diversity of the population.

    • C. 

      The Court had invalidated many New Deal programs.

    • D. 

      He wanted to divide the court into a criminal and a civil panel.

  • 23. 
    Comparing 1964 to 1994, what happened to American's trust in government?
    • A. 

      It declined.

    • B. 

      It stayed about the same.

    • C. 

      It rose.

    • D. 

      It rose sharply, and then fell sharply.

  • 24. 
    President Bush has proposed a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.  To have this amendment added to the Constitution, what must happen?
    • A. 

      The amendment must be proposed by three-fourths of both houses of Congress and approved by legislatures of two-thirds of the states.

    • B. 

      The amendment must be proposed by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and approved by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states.

    • C. 

      The amendment must be proposed by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and approved by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states.

    • D. 

      Ame amendment must be approved by conventions in two-thirds of the states, and the approved by three-quarters of both houses of Congress.

  • 25. 
    If the Office of Vice President is vacant, what happens?
    • A. 

      It remains vacant until the next election.

    • B. 

      The president's political party holds a mini convention to select a new vice president.

    • C. 

      The Senate selects a new vice president.

    • D. 

      The president nominates a new vice president, who must be approved by a majority of the Congress.