GOVP3 : Government And US Politics! Trivia Questions Quiz

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Below is a Govp3 quiz on Government And US Politics. There have been different presidents throughout the history of America, and each has had a distinct way of running things. Are you a big fan of politics and you think you know some of the achievements of some politicians? Test your knowledge by seeing how high you score in this test?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The group that was:  Set up to get around FECA (1974), act as conduits of finance, give hard money directly to a candidate, with a limit of $2,500 to each candidate for 2012 are what?
    • A. 

      PACs

    • B. 

      527s

    • C. 

      SuperPACs

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    The BCRA became law in which year?
    • A. 

      2000

    • B. 

      2001

    • C. 

      2002

    • D. 

      2003

  • 3. 
    George Wallace won 46 ECVs in 1968
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Hard money is 'money used for electioneering purposes'
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Which of the following apply to the term 'soft money'?
    • A. 

      Money not used for electioneering

    • B. 

      Used for party building

    • C. 

      Used for 'get out the vote drives'

    • D. 

      Used to fund National Nominating Conventions

  • 6. 
    FECA  (1974) did how many of the following?
    • A. 

      Limited individual contributions to a candidate

    • B. 

      Banned foreign donations

    • C. 

      Provided federal matching funds under certain circumstances

    • D. 

      Established the Federal Election Commission (FEC)

    • E. 

      Banned issue ads

  • 7. 
    Which Supreme Court decision overturned provisions of the BCRA (2002)?
    • A. 

      Buckley v. Valeo (1976)

    • B. 

      Roe v. Wade (1973)

    • C. 

      Brown v. Board (1954

    • D. 

      Citizens United v. FEC (2010)

  • 8. 
    527s do which of the following?
    • A. 

      Spend money on issue campaigns

    • B. 

      Are independent of candidates

    • C. 

      Co-ordinate with candidates

    • D. 

      Spend money in conjunction with parties

  • 9. 
    Primaries are elections in which ______ choose candidates for an election. They can be both open and closed.
  • 10. 
    Which of the following could be said to be swing states in recent elections?
    • A. 

      Ohio

    • B. 

      Indiana

    • C. 

      Wyoming

    • D. 

      California

    • E. 

      New York

    • F. 

      Idaho

    • G. 

      Texas

    • H. 

      North Carolina

    • I. 

      Florida

  • 11. 
    The invisible primary is the period of time between the first and last primary; it refers to the overall primary process, as it whittles down the number of candidates.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    The Electoral College meets five days after the national presidential election, on Capitol Hill.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    A state's ECVs are equal to the number of Representatives it has, plus its two Senators.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    The two states that do not have winner-takes-all systems for their ECVs are:
    • A. 

      Maine and Wyoming

    • B. 

      California and Connecticut

    • C. 

      Michigan and Nebraska

    • D. 

      Nebraska and Maine

    • E. 

      Vermont and Wisconsin

  • 15. 
    A split ticket is a ballot on which a voter has voted for candidates from different parties.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Whose book epitomizes the theory of pluralism?
    • A. 

      Robert Dahl (Who Governs?)

    • B. 

      Tocqueville (Democracy In America)

    • C. 

      Dave Sneider (Politics in Flux)

    • D. 

      Robert Bork (In Search of Diversity)

  • 17. 
    Fill in the blanks: Elitism: the theory that states that a small minority of individuals hold power, mostly independently of the democratic process. Exemplified by C. ______ Mills’ book ‘The Power Elite’.
  • 18. 
    The defense is a good example of an iron triangle.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Agriculture is not an example of an iron triangle.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Front loading – the phenomenon whereby ______ are held earlier and earlier in the election season to increase the influence of a state’s vote in the general election. Super Tuesday is a clear example of concerted front-loading (e.g. in 2008 24 states held primaries or caucuses on the same Tuesday).
  • 21. 
    Superdelegates make up what proportion of total delegates at the Democratic National Nominating Convention?
    • A. 

      10%

    • B. 

      15%

    • C. 

      20%

    • D. 

      25%

  • 22. 
    Which of the following could be said to contribute to 'democratic overload'?
    • A. 

      Congressional elections are held frequently (every two years)

    • B. 

      The US has a very large population

    • C. 

      Federalism means that there are more levels of government to elect

    • D. 

      Direct democracy means there are many proposals for citizens to vote on in addition to electing officials

    • E. 

      Most Americans are too busy to vote

  • 23. 
    Clientelism – a phenomenon whereby government departments and agencies serve the interest of those they are meant to be regulating, at the expense of the public interest.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    Revolving door – a practice in which former members of ________ and senior members of the executive branch join lobbying firms after they leave Capitol Hill, using the contacts they made while in office.
  • 25. 
    Which PAC wants to see bundling ended?
    • A. 

      Swift Boat Veterans For Truth

    • B. 

      AIPAC

    • C. 

      Common Cause

    • D. 

      NARAL

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