Government 2301 Final Exam Practice Quiz

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This is a practice quiz for a GOVT 2301 final exam. This quiz focuses on city and county government.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What are the responsibilites of a city government?
  • 2. 
    What are the responsibilities of county governments?
  • 3. 
    What is a general - law city?
    • A. 

      A.) The basic law of a city that defines its powers, responsibilities, and organization.

    • B. 

      B.) A municipality that can take any actions not prohibited by state or federal law or the constitutions of the US or the state of Texas.

    • C. 

      C.) A municipality that is limited to those governmental structures and powers specifically granted by state law.

  • 4. 
    What is the main legal principle that differenciates general - law cities and home - law cities?
    • A. 

      A.) Population bracket laws.

    • B. 

      B.) Dillion's rule.

    • C. 

      C.) Initiative processes.

  • 5. 
    What is a home - rule city?
    • A. 

      A.) A municipality that can take any actions not prohibited by state or federal law or the constitutions of the US or state of Texas.

    • B. 

      B.) A municipality that is limited to those governmental structures and powers specifically granted by state law.

    • C. 

      C.) The basic law of a city that defines its powers, responsibilities, and organization.

  • 6. 
    If a city has less than 5,000 people, it must be a
    • A. 

      A.) Home - rule city

    • B. 

      B.) General - law city

    • C. 

      C.) city not bound by Dillon's rule

  • 7. 
    What is a property tax reduction granted to homeowners on their principal residence?
    • A. 

      A.) Truth in taxation law

    • B. 

      B.) Homested exemption

    • C. 

      C.) Annexation

  • 8. 
    What is the mayor - council form of city government?
    • A. 

      A.) A structure of municipal government in which the city council / mayor appoints a professional administrator called a city manager to act as the chief executive officer of the municipality.

    • B. 

      B.) A structure of municipal government in which the voters elect a mayor as the chief executive officer of the city and a council that serves as a legislative body.

    • C. 

      C.) A structure of municipal government in which the city voters elect both a mayor and city manager to act as chief executives.

  • 9. 
    What is the council - manager form of city government?
    • A. 

      A.) A structure of municipal government in which the city council / mayor appoints a professional administrator called a city manager to act as the chief executive officer of the municipality.

    • B. 

      B.) A structure of municipal government in which the voters elect a mayor as the chief executive officer of the city and a council that serves as a legislative body.

    • C. 

      C.)A structure of municipal government in which the city voters elect both a mayor and city manager to act as chief executives.

  • 10. 
    In the mayor - council form of city government, the mayor's power is limited to performing ceremonial duties and presiding at council meetings.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    In the council - manager form of city government, policy implementation is the responsibilty of the city manager.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    The council - manager form of city government is the most common type of city government among the states home - rule cities.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    In a strong mayor - council form of city government, the mayor is the foremost figure, acting as both a political leader, and the city's chief administrative officer.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    In a strong mayor - council form of city government, the mayor shares power with the council and other elected officials.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Houston is the only big city in Texas to use the mayor - council form of city government.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Examples of the mayor - council system would be Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, and Phoenix.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Most general - law cities prefer to use the mayor - council form of city government because it is less expensive to operate than the council - manager form.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Home - rule cities are limited to a narrow range of options when choosing the organizational structure of municipal government.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Home - rule cities can annex with out  the approval of the people living in the annexed area.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    In a strong mayor - council form of city government, the responsibilities of the mayor would include: approving the budget, confirming appointments, adopting ordinances, and overriding votoes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False