Gapp: State And Local Government

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Local Government Quizzes & Trivia

A quiz about state and local government.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is referandum?
    • A. 

      A basic principle stating that government is restricted in what it may do and each individual has rights that the government cannnot take away

    • B. 

      A process by which a legislative measure is referred the the states voters for final approval or rejection

    • C. 

      A process in which a certain number of qualified voters sign petitions in favor of a proposed statute or constitutional amendment, which then goes to the ballot

    • D. 

      An independent unit created to perform one or more related governmental functions at the local level

  • 2. 
    What is initiative?
    • A. 

      A law passed by the legislature

    • B. 

      A government forced by commissioners, heads of different developments of city government, who are popularly elected to forn the city council and thus center both legislative and executive powers

    • C. 

      The process by which a state establishes a city as a legal body

    • D. 

      A process in which a certain number of qualified voters sign petitions in favor of a proposed statute or constitutional amendment, which then goes to the ballot

  • 3. 
    What is a mayor-council government?
    • A. 

      The oldest and most widely used type of city government- an elected mayor as the chief executive and an elected council as its legislative body

    • B. 

      Basic principle which asserts that the people are the source of any and all governmental power, and government can exist only with the consent of the governed

    • C. 

      Consists of a strong council of members elected on a non-partsian ballot, a weak mayor, elected by the people, and a manager, named by the council.

    • D. 

      A government forced by commissioners, heads of different developments of city government, who are popularly elected to form the city council and thus center both legislative and executive powers in one body

  • 4. 
    What is commission government?
    • A. 

      Consists of a strong council of members elected on a non-partsian ballot, a weak mayor, elected by the people, and a manager, named by the council.

    • B. 

      A government forced by commissioners, heads of different developments of city government, who are popularly elected to form the city council and thus center both legislative and executive powers in one body

    • C. 

      The oldest and most widely used type of city government- an elected mayor as the chief executive and an elected council as its legislative body

    • D. 

      Basic principle which asserts that the people are the source of any and all governmental power, and government can exist only with the consent of the governed

  • 5. 
    What is a council-manager government?
    • A. 

      The oldest and most widely used type of city government- an elected mayor as the chief executive and an elected c ouncil as its legislative body

    • B. 

      A government forced by commissioners, heads of different developments of city government, who are popularly elected to form the city council and thus center both legislative and executive powers in one body

    • C. 

      Basic principle which asserts that the people are the source of any and all governmental power, and government can exist only with the consent of the governed

    • D. 

      Consists of a strong council of members elected on a non-partsian ballot, a weak mayor, elected by the people, and a manager, named by the council.

  • 6. 
    What is the Court of Common Pleas?
    • A. 

      A court having jurisdiction between the inferior courts and the supreme court

    • B. 

      The highest federal court

    • C. 

      A court having jurisdiction over civil suites between private parties

    • D. 

      A court in Pennsylvania that hears cases involving administrative agencies or other governmental bodies

  • 7. 
    What is the Commonwealth court?
    • A. 

      A court in Pennsylvania that hears cases involving administrative agencies or other governmental bodies

    • B. 

      The highest federal court

    • C. 

      A court having jurisdiction over civil suites between private parties

    • D. 

      A court having jurisdiction between the inferior courts and the supreme court

  • 8. 
    What is the Superior Court?
    • A. 

      A court having jurisdiction over civil suites between private parties

    • B. 

      A court in Pennsylvania that hears cases involving administrative agencies or other governmental bodies

    • C. 

      A court having jurisdiction between the inferior courts and the supreme court

    • D. 

      The highest federal court

  • 9. 
    What is the Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      A court having jurisdiction between the inferior courts and the supreme court

    • B. 

      A court having jurisdiction over civil suites between private parties

    • C. 

      A court in Pennsylvania that hears cases involving administrative agencies or other governmental bodies

    • D. 

      The highest federal court

  • 10. 
    What is an incorporation?
    • A. 

      The process by which the senate establishes a city as a legislative

    • B. 

      The process by which the state establishes a city as a legal body

    • C. 

      The process by which the senate establishes a township as a legal body

    • D. 

      The process by which a state establishes a township as a legislative

  • 11. 
    What is the name of the PA state legislature?
    • A. 

      Pa's legislature

    • B. 

      Commission government

    • C. 

      Bucks

    • D. 

      General Assembly

  • 12. 
    How many counties does PA have?
  • 13. 
    Who is the current governor of PA?
  • 14. 
    What is the capital of Pennsylvania?
  • 15. 
    What kind of county government does Bucks County have?
  • 16. 
    Identify three purposes that a special district may serve.
  • 17. 
    What is commutation?
    • A. 

      Release from the punishment or legal consequence of a crime by the president (in a federal case) or a governor (in a state case)

    • B. 

      The power to reduce the length of a sentence or fine for a crime

    • C. 

      An official postponement of the execution of a sentence

    • D. 

      The release of a prisioner short of the complete term of the original sentence

  • 18. 
    What is reprieve?
    • A. 

      An official postponement of the execution of a sentence

    • B. 

      Release from the punishment or legal consequence of a crime by the president (in a federal case) or a governor (in a state case)

    • C. 

      The power to reduce the length of a sentence or fine for a crime

    • D. 

      The release of a prisioner short of the complete term of the original sentence

  • 19. 
    What is pardon?
    • A. 

      Mercy or leniency granted to an offender by a chief executive

    • B. 

      An official postponement of the execution of a sentence

    • C. 

      Release from the punishment or legal consequence of a crime by the president (in a federal case) or a governor (in a state case)

    • D. 

      The release of a prisioner short of the complete term of the original sentence

  • 20. 
    What is clemency?
    • A. 

      The release of a prisioner short of the complete term of the original sentence

    • B. 

      An official postponement of the execution of a sentence

    • C. 

      Mercy or leniency granted to an offender by a chief executive

    • D. 

      Release from the punishment or legal consequence of a crime by the president (in a federal case) or a governor (in a state case)