Govtest1 End Of Ch 1 Test

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GOVTEST1 End of Ch 1 Test


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  • 1. 
    Politics is
    • A. 

      The study of political science

    • B. 

      The study of who gets what, when and how

    • C. 

      The analysis of conflict

    • D. 

      The "queen" of sciences

  • 2. 
    The "who" of politics include
    • A. 

      Lobbyists

    • B. 

      Nonelected government officials

    • C. 

      Public policy decision makers

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    Political science is primarily interested in the politics of
    • A. 

      The office

    • B. 

      Governments

    • C. 

      Student affairs

    • D. 

      Unions

  • 4. 
    Only the government can
    • A. 

      Legitimately use force to uphold the law

    • B. 

      Make decisions regarding welfare

    • C. 

      Maintain security

    • D. 

      Hold elections

  • 5. 
    The widespread acceptance of something as necessary, rightful, and legally binding is
    • A. 

      Constitutionalism

    • B. 

      Democracy

    • C. 

      Legitimacy

    • D. 

      Equality

  • 6. 
    Costs imposed on individuals who are not direct participants in an activity are 
    • A. 

      Public goods

    • B. 

      Externalities

    • C. 

      Income transfers

    • D. 

      Free markets

  • 7. 
    The measurement which purports to show the total economic performance of the nation in terms of the production of goods and services is called the
    • A. 

      Prime development rate

    • B. 

      Gross development rate

    • C. 

      Domestic development rate

    • D. 

      Gross domestic product

  • 8. 
    Which of the following are considered "democratic ideals"?
    • A. 

      One person, one vote

    • B. 

      Majority rule

    • C. 

      Widespread participation in public life

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Protections against the potential for the majority to oppress the minority include
    • A. 

      Checks and balances

    • B. 

      Separation of powers

    • C. 

      Federalism

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Unlimited government power over all aspects of life is a definition of
    • A. 

      Totalitarianism

    • B. 

      Authoritarianism

    • C. 

      Demagogury

    • D. 

      Socialism

  • 11. 
    The closest approximation we have to direct democracy in America is
    • A. 

      The Native American Congerss

    • B. 

      The New England town meeting

    • C. 

      Congressional elections

    • D. 

      State legislative elections

  • 12. 
    According to opinion polls the institution that the people of the United States have the most confidence in is
    • A. 

      Organized religions

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The military

    • D. 

      Congress

  • 13. 
    The idea that all societies are divided into the few who have power and the many that do not would be consistent with
    • A. 

      Pluralism

    • B. 

      Classical liberalism

    • C. 

      Interest group theory

    • D. 

      Elitism

  • 14. 
    The idea that democracy can be achieved in a large society by bargaining, compromise, and competition between interest groups would be consistent with
    • A. 

      Pluralism

    • B. 

      Classical liberalism

    • C. 

      Elitism

    • D. 

      Systems theory

  • 15. 
    The founders never used the word democracy in the Constitution, rather they referred to the country as a republic which allowed for
    • A. 

      Direct democracy

    • B. 

      National referenda

    • C. 

      Representative government

    • D. 

      Decision making by the people

  • 16. 
    It would be accurate to say that
    • A. 

      Elitism is closer to democratic ideals than pluralism

    • B. 

      Pluralism raises serious challenges to the possibility of achieving true democracy

    • C. 

      Elitism sees power as being widely distributed in society

    • D. 

      Pluralism allows for practical solutions to the problem of political participation

  • 17. 
    The democratic ideasl that we use to judge the performance of the US political system include all but
    • A. 

      Collective dignity

    • B. 

      Majority rule

    • C. 

      Popular participation in decision making

    • D. 

      Equality

  • 18. 
    Your text raises many questions about the realities of democracy
    • A. 

      And finally comes down to the side of plurarlism

    • B. 

      And finally comes down to the side of elitists

    • C. 

      And the author says our society is some of both

    • D. 

      But the author says it is up to each of you to provide the answer to those questions