FSOT Sample Job Knowledge Test

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  • 1. 
    Treaties must be approved by
    • A. 

      A majority of the House and Senate

    • B. 

      Two-thirds of the Senators voting on the treaty

    • C. 

      A majority of the House of Representatives

    • D. 

      Three-fourths of the Senate

  • 2. 
    A public opinion survey is done and it is reported that the results are not statistically significant.  What does this mean?
    • A. 

      It means that there are insufficient responses to consider the survey valid.

    • B. 

      It means that the results could be due to chance.

    • C. 

      It means that different surveys have different results.

    • D. 

      It means that the findings of the survey are not substantively important.

  • 3. 
    Concerning the application of rights in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights to the states, which of the following is correct?
    • A. 

      All rights in the Bill of Rights have applied to the states since the beginning.

    • B. 

      All rights in the Bill of Rights have applied to the states since the passage of the 14th Amendment.

    • C. 

      None of the rights in the Bill of Rights applies to the states. The states have their own bill of rights.

    • D. 

      Most of the rights in the Bill of Rights have been applied to the states based upon Supreme Court decisions. Some still do not apply.

  • 4. 
    Today's Native Americans/American Indians descended from Asiatic ancestors who arrived in North America
    • A. 

      On wooden ships

    • B. 

      Primarily on horseback

    • C. 

      Across a land bridge now submerged beneath the Bering Sea

    • D. 

      Under the leadership of a former warlord who would later become known as Chief Powhatan, the founder of the Powhatan Confederacy.

  • 5. 
    In 1620, the ______________ established self-government for the Plymouth Colonists.
    • A. 

      The Mayflower Compact

    • B. 

      The Fundamental Order of Connecticut

    • C. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      The Declaration of Rights

  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements is not true?
    • A. 

      At the time of the American Revolution, most white residents of the 13 colonies were either of norther or western European descent.

    • B. 

      The Naturalization Act of 1790 made citizenship -- and all of its accompanying rights -- available to free white men of European descent and only to free white men of European descent.

    • C. 

      The right to be educated in the language spoken in their homes was first granted during the 1820s to Pennsylvania's German speaking population.

    • D. 

      Less than half of all southern whites belonged to slave-owning families

  • 7. 
    Yugoslavia was initially established as a kingdom of Serbs, Slovenes, and 
    • A. 

      Croats

    • B. 

      Bosnians

    • C. 

      Turks

    • D. 

      Hungarians

  • 8. 
    In 1939, the Kingdom of Siam became officially known as 
    • A. 

      Indonesia

    • B. 

      Cambodia

    • C. 

      Burma

    • D. 

      Thailand

  • 9. 
    Which of the following statements was not a result of the aftermath of communism's 1989 collapse in Eastern Europe?
    • A. 

      Industrial production continued relatively unabated.

    • B. 

      Living standards immediately rose.

    • C. 

      Governments attempted to bring about economic stabilization.

    • D. 

      Prices increased dramatically

  • 10. 
    Mercantilism was an economic policy that attempted to obtain a favorable balance of trade that would result in the maximum inflows of gold and silver.  During what century was this economic theory popular?
    • A. 

      16th

    • B. 

      19th

    • C. 

      13th

    • D. 

      21st

  • 11. 
    An examination of 750 circuit boards produced by AMPEX Corp. revealed that 15 were defective.  At this rate, how many defective circuit boards would there be in a lot of 12,750
    • A. 

      115

    • B. 

      255

    • C. 

      275

    • D. 

      350

  • 12. 
    A television is on sale for 20% off.  If the sale price is $800, what was the original price?
    • A. 

      $160

    • B. 

      $640

    • C. 

      $960

    • D. 

      $1,000

  • 13. 
    Dan Preston arrives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and wishes to convert $300 U.S. dollars to Canadian dollars.  If one U.S. dollar is worth $1.47 in Canadian currency, how many Canadian dollars does Dan receive?
    • A. 

      $141

    • B. 

      $204

    • C. 

      $441

    • D. 

      $447

  • 14. 
    A blueprint has a scale of 3 feet per 1/2 inch.  If a bathroom is 1 1/2 inches X 2 inches, what are its actual dimensions?
    • A. 

      4 1/2 feet X 6 feet

    • B. 

      6 feet X 7 1/2 feet

    • C. 

      7 1/2 feet X 9 feet

    • D. 

      9 feet X 12 feet

  • 15. 
    Top management are compensated more because they are valuable to the organization.  These top managers do more
    • A. 

      Organizing

    • B. 

      Planning

    • C. 

      Directing

    • D. 

      Controlling

  • 16. 
    Why is delegation of authority crucial to the successful execution of company operations?
    • A. 

      It gives the top management more time to think and develop strategic business directions.

    • B. 

      It makes the entire company more structured and easier to account for financially.

    • C. 

      It empowers the employees to make commitments, use resources, and take whatever actions to ensure customer satisfaction.

    • D. 

      It provides jobs so that there will be many mid-level and low-level managers.

  • 17. 
    A figure of speech in which a comparison is made by using "as" or "like" is a:
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Metaphor

    • C. 

      Synecdoche

    • D. 

      Cacophony

  • 18. 
    Slander means:
    • A. 

      To exaggerate

    • B. 

      To reveal only the negative aspects of an idea or person

    • C. 

      To use another person's ideas and claim them as your own

    • D. 

      To make statements about a person that are injurious to the reputation of a person

  • 19. 
    A new trend has developed in the computer world in which one's work can now be saved using a device that plugs into the USB ports of their computer.  This device is known as a
    • A. 

      Jump drive or flash drive

    • B. 

      Zip disk

    • C. 

      3.5" floppy disk

    • D. 

      DVD-RW

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is considered an output device (produces information from processing):
    • A. 

      Mouse

    • B. 

      Digital camera

    • C. 

      Printer

    • D. 

      Zip drive

  • 21. 
    Which of the following describes the Executive Office of the President?
    • A. 

      It is the formal name for the Cabinet.

    • B. 

      It contains offices such as the Environmental Protection Administration that are cabinet level but not cabinet departments.

    • C. 

      It consists of offices that advise the president.

    • D. 

      It refers only to those in the White House who write speeches for the president and give political advice

  • 22. 
    The filibuster has been used to prevent a bill from passing in the Senate.  Why hasn't it been as much of a concern in recent years?
    • A. 

      It has been eliminated by Senate rules.

    • B. 

      The introduction of cloture has allowed the Senate to end filibusters. Most filibusters are ended today by cloture.

    • C. 

      The Senate limits a filibuster today to 30 hours.

    • D. 

      The Senate has a track system that allows it to move on to other business if a filibuster stops work on a particular bill or appointment.

  • 23. 
    A state added a constitutional amendment to its state constitution.  Can the Congress overturn such an amendment?
    • A. 

      Yes, only by passing a federal Constitutional Amendment approved by the states.

    • B. 

      Yes, by either passing a law or enacting a federal Constitutional Amendment, approved by the states.

    • C. 

      No, states can do what they want.

    • D. 

      Yes, by passing a resolution with a two-thirds vote.

  • 24. 
    Which of the following amendments to the U.S. Constitution conferred automatic U.S citizenship on all persons born in the United States.
    • A. 

      The 13th Amendment

    • B. 

      The 14th Amendment

    • C. 

      The 15th Amendment

    • D. 

      The 16th Amendment

  • 25. 
    Which of the following did not occur during the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction?
    • A. 

      The first large-scale attempt by the federal government to bring about racial equality by intervening and spending large amounts of money to help one group improve its position relative to other groups.

    • B. 

      Former Confederate states were placed under martial law.

    • C. 

      The passage of the 14th Amendment.

    • D. 

      Souther states passing and enforcing laws that effectively denied blacks the right to vote.

  • 26. 
    One of the most widely traded agricultural commodities on the planet, coffee grows best in
    • A. 

      Tropical lowlands

    • B. 

      Temperate lowlands

    • C. 

      Tropical highlands

    • D. 

      Temperate mountain zones

  • 27. 
    Emperor Napoleon III (Louis Napoleon) fell from power
    • A. 

      During the Crimean War

    • B. 

      During the Paris Commune

    • C. 

      During the Franco Prussian War

    • D. 

      After being deposed by the Directory

  • 28. 
    From 1895 until the end of the Second World War, Korea was dominated by
    • A. 

      China

    • B. 

      Russia

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      France

  • 29. 
    Price controls (such as fixing the price for gas or renting apartments) are generally opposed by economists because
    • A. 

      Economists believe that price controls generally cause distorted asset allocation

    • B. 

      Economists believe that price controls can lead to a shortage of products on the open market

    • C. 

      Alternative (and often illegal) distribution mechanisms emerge to avoid the price controls.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 30. 
    Many trade economists argue that closing off an economy to international market forces creates critical inefficiencies as local producers become ____________, expending resources on cornering artificially created markets via specially acquired licenses, legitimate legislation, or personal connections.
    • A. 

      Corrupt

    • B. 

      Import-substituting forces

    • C. 

      Self-reliant

    • D. 

      Rent-seekers

  • 31. 
    Tanya's bowling scores this week were 112, 156, 179, 165.  Last week, her average score was 140.  How many points did her average improve?
    • A. 

      18

    • B. 

      13

    • C. 

      11

    • D. 

      8

  • 32. 
    Between which two consecutive years was the percent of decrease in sales for video game X the greatest?
    • A. 

      Year 1 to year 2

    • B. 

      Year 2 to year 3

    • C. 

      Year 3 to year 4

    • D. 

      Year 4 to year 5

  • 33. 
    Sales in Year 3 accounted for approximately what percent of the total sales for the five years shown?
    • A. 

      23%

    • B. 

      43%

    • C. 

      46%

    • D. 

      75%

  • 34. 
    The following table lists the number of points that each of the 7 players on a particular team scored during a basketball tournament.If the number of points that Dean scored is reported incorrectly in the local newspaper as 27, which of the following statements is true?
    • A. 

      The mean, median, mode, and range of players' points will change.

    • B. 

      The median and the mode will remain the same, but the mean and the range will change.

    • C. 

      The median, mode, and range will remain the same, but the mean will change.

    • D. 

      The median and the mean will remain the same, but the mode and the range will change.

  • 35. 
    Which form of business ownership has restricted liability, lower taxation, and fewer government restrictions?
    • A. 

      Sole proprietorship

    • B. 

      Partnership

    • C. 

      Limited liability corporation

    • D. 

      Cooperatives

  • 36. 
    Customization in operations management is
    • A. 

      Making identical, interchangeable components or products

    • B. 

      The creation of an item in self-contained units that can be combined or interchanged to create different products

    • C. 

      Making products meet a particular customer's needs or wants

    • D. 

      Making the best product to clear immigration customs

  • 37. 
    In interpersonal communication, the encoder is
    • A. 

      The message

    • B. 

      The listener/receiver

    • C. 

      The situation in which the message is given

    • D. 

      The speaker/sender

  • 38. 
    An example of selective perception is:
    • A. 

      Listening only to message with which you agree

    • B. 

      Selecting only parts of a message in which you are interested

    • C. 

      Remembering only what you wish

    • D. 

      Understanding a message as distorted; trying to make it fit with previously held ideas

  • 39. 
    The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides protection for
    • A. 

      Freedom of speech

    • B. 

      Freedom of the press

    • C. 

      Freedom of religious practices

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 40. 
    A bit is defined as 
    • A. 

      Approximately 1 million bytes of data

    • B. 

      A single character

    • C. 

      The most basic element of computer data

    • D. 

      Approximately 1 trillion bytes of data

  • 41. 
    The maximize button performs which of the following activities:
    • A. 

      Removes the program window from the desktop but keeps the program running

    • B. 

      Closes a document window or exits a program

    • C. 

      Restores a program window to the size it was set before it was maximized

    • D. 

      Expands the program window until it covers the entire desktop

  • 42. 
    The Social Security system was established based upon the trust fund structure.  What has happened to the trust funds?
    • A. 

      They have eliminated all trust funds that were originally established.

    • B. 

      They have consolidated the trust funds into a single fund.

    • C. 

      They have several trust funds (for example, disability, old-age retirement, hospital insurance)

    • D. 

      They have two trust funds. One must be invested in U.S. government bonds and the other allows individuals to invest in stock index funds.

  • 43. 
    Amicus Curiae briefs are filed with the courts.  What are they?
    • A. 

      They are briefs filed by the appellants.

    • B. 

      They are briefs filed by those who are not participants in the case.

    • C. 

      They are briefs filed by the government.

    • D. 

      They are parts of a court's decision that do not act as precedent for future cases.

  • 44. 
    Congressional oversight is a term used to signify
    • A. 

      When Congress includes preferences for some group in a piece of legislation

    • B. 

      When Congress exercises review of some activity of the executive branch

    • C. 

      When Congress leaves out a crucial element in legislation

    • D. 

      When Congress fails to provide sufficient funds for a program

  • 45. 
    Which of the following was passed during what historians and political scientists have labeled the Progressive Era?
    • A. 

      The Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    • B. 

      The Taft-Hartley Act

    • C. 

      The Emergency Banking Act

    • D. 

      The Hawley-Smoot Act

  • 46. 
    Which of the following concerning American movies and the American Motion Picture Industry is not true?
    • A. 

      Thomas Edison was the first American to patent and market a commercial motion-picture camera.

    • B. 

      During the early years of American movie production, the rate of attendance of non-English-speaking immigrants was lower than the attendance rate of middle class, native-born Americans

    • C. 

      During the second decade of the 20th century, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that movies were a business and not a form of communication and, therefore, their contents were not protected by the 1st Amendment.

    • D. 

      The First talking movie debuted during the 1920s

  • 47. 
    The ___________ Act gave American workers the right to belong to labor unions and engage in collective bargaining.
    • A. 

      The Wagner Act

    • B. 

      The Walsh-Healy Act

    • C. 

      The Fair Standards Act

    • D. 

      The Taft-Hartley Act

  • 48. 
    The city of Istanbul's strategic location gives Turkey control of access to
    • A. 

      The Aegean

    • B. 

      The Black Sea

    • C. 

      The Baltic Sea

    • D. 

      The Red Sea

  • 49. 
    Northern Ireland has what status within the United Kingdom?
    • A. 

      It is an autonomous member of the commonwealth of former British colonies.

    • B. 

      It is a crown colony.

    • C. 

      It is an integral part of the United Kingdom.

    • D. 

      It is no longer a member of the Commonwealth.

  • 50. 
    While shock therapy is well known for its controversial effect on the Russian and Polish economies, it was first applied to this South American economy:
    • A. 

      Chile

    • B. 

      Brazil

    • C. 

      Argentina

    • D. 

      Bolivia

  • 51. 
    Economists view ticket scalping as
    • A. 

      An illegitimate enterprise, because the consumer is charged many times over the market price for the tickets

    • B. 

      A legitimate and voluntary transaction in which the two parties believe they are exchanging articles of like value

    • C. 

      Having no consequence or importance

    • D. 

      None of the above is true

  • 52. 
    OPEC is an example of this economic phenomenon:
    • A. 

      Monopoly

    • B. 

      Cartel

    • C. 

      Economic community

    • D. 

      Free trade zone

  • 53. 
    The Beta Company has 9 employees.  There are 4 associates, each of whom earns $35,000 a year.  There are also 2 managers, each earning $47,000 a year, 1 director earning $52,000, 1 vice president earning $56,000, and 1 owner earning $450,000 a year.What is the average (arithmetic mean) annual income of the employees at Beta Company?
    • A. 

      $88,000

    • B. 

      $92,000

    • C. 

      $95,000

    • D. 

      $128,000

  • 54. 
    The Beta Company has 9 employees.  There are 4 associates, each of whom earns $35,000 a year.  There are also 2 managers, each earning $47,000 a year, 1 director earning $52,000, 1 vice president earning $56,000, and 1 owner earning $450,000 a year.What is the median annual income of the employees at the Beta Company?
    • A. 

      $35,000

    • B. 

      $47,000

    • C. 

      $49,500

    • D. 

      $52,000

  • 55. 
    The Beta Company has 9 employees.  There are 4 associates, each of whom earns $35,000 a year.  There are also 2 managers, each earning $47,000 a year, 1 director earning $52,000, 1 vice president earning $56,000, and 1 owner earning $450,000 a year.What is the modal annual income of the Employees at the Beta Company?
    • A. 

      $35,000

    • B. 

      $47,000

    • C. 

      $52,000

    • D. 

      $56,000

  • 56. 
    What is the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)?
    • A. 

      Foster better international trade relations

    • B. 

      Develop trading product lists

    • C. 

      Register trading companies and make sure they are legitimate

    • D. 

      Regulate business practices and curb false advertising, misleading pricing, and deceptive packaging and labeling

  • 57. 
    An Equal Opportunity Employer will not discriminate against an employee based on race, religion, gender, national origin, or color.  However in certain circumstances, which one of the following can be a discriminatory factor for employment?
    • A. 

      Race

    • B. 

      Religion

    • C. 

      Color

    • D. 

      Gender

  • 58. 
    What is the marketing concept?
    • A. 

      A group of people who have a need, purchasing power, and the desire and authority to spend money on goods, services, and ideas

    • B. 

      A plan of action for developing, pricing, distributing, and promoting products that meet the need of specific customers

    • C. 

      A group of activities designed to expedite transactions by creating, distributing, pricing, and promoting goods, services, and ideas

    • D. 

      The idea that an organization should try to satisfy customers' needs through coordinated activities that also allow it to achieve its own goal

  • 59. 
    Yellow journalism refers to
    • A. 

      Newspapers printed on paper stock that quickly deteriorates and turns yellow

    • B. 

      Alternate or underground newspapers, often anti-institutional

    • C. 

      Newspapers printed in color

    • D. 

      A newspaper characterized by sensational journalism

  • 60. 
    A controlled-circulation magazine is
    • A. 

      One sold only to adults at magazine counters

    • B. 

      Controlled by the desires of its readers who subscribe to it

    • C. 

      One whose production and mailing is supported not by charging readers, but usually through advertising revenues, and the publisher decides on its readership

    • D. 

      One sent only to certain areas of the country, controlled by zip code