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  • 1. 
    Parties provide the political system with
    • A. 

      Stability

    • B. 

      Instability

    • C. 

      Coalition

    • D. 

      Unity

    • E. 

      Anarchy

  • 2. 
    At a basic level, a political party is
    • A. 

      A group whose goal is to win elections

    • B. 

      An organization that promotes policy change

    • C. 

      A group of officeholder, candidates, activists, and voters who identify with a group label

    • D. 

      Expected to run campaigns

    • E. 

      All of the answer choices are correct

  • 3. 
    A political organization that recruit its members with tangible incentives such as jobs and is characterized by a high degree of control is called
    • A. 

      Mob

    • B. 

      Machine 

    • C. 

      Patronage

    • D. 

      Boss

    • E. 

      Patriarch

  • 4. 
    The development and persistence of the two-party system in the US is best accounted for by
    • A. 

      12th amendment

    • B. 

      Proportional representation

    • C. 

      Multi-member legislative districts

    • D. 

      Strong party loyalty of elected representatives

    • E. 

      Single member legislative districts

  • 5. 
    The concept of realignment refers to changes in 
    • A. 

      The us system of international alliances

    • B. 

      The social bases of the parties' voting support

    • C. 

      The media's criticism of the president and congress

    • D. 

      Spending priorities in the federal budget

    • E. 

      The rate of voter participation

  • 6. 
    Which of the following best explains why the winner of a presidential election usually claims to have a mandate from voters
    • A. 

      The president's party often wins a majority of seats in congress by riding the president's coatails

    • B. 

      The allocation of electoral votes in the winner-take-all system exaggerates the margin of victory

    • C. 

      Presidents are allowed to implement their legislative agendas without interference during their first term

    • D. 

      The new president is allowed to replace a significant number of justices on the supreme court

    • E. 

      The incoming president automatically gains control of congress

  • 7. 
    Typically, presidential candidates implement their campaign strategies by
    • A. 

      Applying their resources evenly among the states, because they must win popular votes in a majority of the states to be elected

    • B. 

      Focusing on larger, competitive states, because they might tip the balance of the electoral college

    • C. 

      Ignoring the electoral college because the popular vote determines the outcome of the election

    • D. 

      Ignoring the electoral college because more states are moving away from the winner-take-all system

    • E. 

      Focusing on small states because these states have proportionally more electoral votes than more populous states have

  • 8. 
    When people vote for some candidates from one party and other candidates from another party, it is called
    • A. 

      Dealignment

    • B. 

      Realignment

    • C. 

      Republicanism

    • D. 

      Ticket splitting

    • E. 

      Caucusing

  • 9. 
    Which of the following best accounts for the lack of success generally encountered by minor (third) political parties in electing members of the senate
    • A. 

      Political action committee (PAC) contributes are restricted by law to the two major parties

    • B. 

      General elections in the US are based on the winner-take-all principle

    • C. 

      House and senate rules exclude members of minor (third) parties from organizing coalition with the major partiesa

    • D. 

      The public has grew faith in the two major political parties

    • E. 

      Some states outlaw minor political parties

  • 10. 
    Which of the following groups would most likely to support a constitutional amendment banning all abortions
    • A. 

      Conservatives

    • B. 

      Libertarians

    • C. 

      Independents

    • D. 

      Liberals

    • E. 

      Moderates

  • 11. 
    When party members meet to discuss, debate, and nominate a candidate for office, they participate in which of the following
    • A. 

      General election

    • B. 

      Caucus

    • C. 

      Blanket primary

    • D. 

      Open primary

    • E. 

      Closed primary

  • 12. 
    Each of the following is an important function of the national party convention except to
    • A. 

      Nominate a candidate for president

    • B. 

      Develop the party's policy positions

    • C. 

      Select members of the electoral college

    • D. 

      Officially begin the general election campaign

  • 13. 
    Elections serve the purpose of 
    • A. 

      Socializing and institutionalizing political activity

    • B. 

      Providing regular access to political power

    • C. 

      Providing a legitimate means to replace leaders

    • D. 

      All of the answer choices are correct

  • 14. 
    Which type of primary election allows voters to declare their party affiliation on election day
    • A. 

      Blanket

    • B. 

      Open

    • C. 

      Closed

    • D. 

      Runoff

    • E. 

      Invisible

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is correct regarding primaries and caucuses 
    • A. 

      Iowa uses a caucus and takes place after the New Hampshire primary

    • B. 

      Iowa uses a primary and takes place after the New Hampshire caucus

    • C. 

      Iowa uses a caucus and takes place before the New Hampshire primary

    • D. 

      Iowa uses a primary and takes place before the New Hampshire caucus

  • 16. 
    Which statement regarding front-loading is true
    • A. 

      States like Nebraska and Maine have scheduled their elections earlier than others

    • B. 

      Front-loading allows some states to cast electoral votes before others

    • C. 

      House elections are held earlier than senate elections

    • D. 

      Some states schedule presidential primaries early to gain influences and revenues

    • E. 

      Front-loading occurs when election officials place a candidate at the top of the ballot

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is not true regarding third parties 
    • A. 

      Third parties tend to be more issue-based than candidate-based

    • B. 

      Third parities have a low probability of winning elections

    • C. 

      Third parties are not required to report campaign contributions to the federal election commission

    • D. 

      Third parties have caused major parties to either enact or change policy

    • E. 

      Third parties have served the role of educating voters on specific issues

  • 18. 
    The first realignment is us history took place when power was transferred from
    • A. 

      Alexander Hamilton are the federalists to Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans to Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans to the Whigs

    • D. 

      Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans to Andrew Jackson and the Democrats

    • E. 

      John Quincy Adams to Andrew Jackson

  • 19. 
    Large groups of voters switching allegiances from one party to a another over divisive issues or in time of crisis would best describe
    • A. 

      A national party convention

    • B. 

      Realignment

    • C. 

      Caucuses

    • D. 

      A primary election

    • E. 

      A mandate

  • 20. 
    The electoral college system has been criticized because it favors
    • A. 

      Small states

    • B. 

      Major cities

    • C. 

      Large states

    • D. 

      States that are more rural than urban

    • E. 

      States with large republican bases

  • 21. 
    A liberal candidate running for the US house of representatives would seek the assistance and resources of the 
    • A. 

      Republican national committee

    • B. 

      Republican chairperson

    • C. 

      Progressive party

    • D. 

      National republican senatorial committee

    • E. 

      The democratic congressional campaign committee

  • 22. 
    Which of the following points would most likely be part of the Democratic party's national platform
    • A. 

      Protecting gun owner's rights

    • B. 

      Dismantling welfare

    • C. 

      Outlawing labor unions

    • D. 

      contributing more military troops abroad

    • E. 

      Expanding voting and increasing participation in politics

  • 23. 
    All of the following are impediments to minor parties gaining strength in the united states except
    • A. 

      Lack of resources

    • B. 

      Ballot access

    • C. 

      Laws that bar minor parties

    • D. 

      Single member districts

    • E. 

      The electoral colleges system

  • 24. 
    Which of the following is not one of the advantages incumbents have when facing re-election
    • A. 

      Money

    • B. 

      Name recognition

    • C. 

      Primaries are structured in a way that allows incumbents to start their campaign earlier

    • D. 

      Incumbents are highly visible

    • E. 

      Incumbents are able to help their constituents directly

  • 25. 
    The number of representatives allotted to a state, plus the number of senators from the state equals 
    • A. 

      The number of caucuses that state allowed

    • B. 

      The number of delegates that state can send to the national party convention

    • C. 

      The number of electoral votes that state receives

    • D. 

      The number of super delegates that state to the Democratic National Convention

    • E. 

      All of the answer choices are correct

  • 26. 
    The difference between hard and soft money is 
    • A. 

      Hard money contributions are unlimited

    • B. 

      Soft money contributions are unlimied

    • C. 

      Hard money contributions can only be given to a PAC, not a particular canddate

    • D. 

      Soft money contributions can only be given to a specific candidate

  • 27. 
    The supreme court ruled that corporations have a right to free speech and that right cannot be denied in the final days before an election in 
    • A. 

      McConnell v Federal Elections Commission

    • B. 

      Clinton v Citizens United

    • C. 

      Buckley v Valeo

    • D. 

       Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission

    • E. 

      Clinton v Federal Elections Commission

  • 28. 
    Which type of primary is most common today
    • A. 

      Closed

    • B. 

      Open

    • C. 

      Blanket

    • D. 

      Caucus

    • E. 

      General

  • 29. 
    The goal of the free soil party was to
    • A. 

      Free the slaves

    • B. 

      Remove barriers to US citizenship immigrants

    • C. 

      Restructure the american economy

    • D. 

      Grant suffrage to more groups

    • E. 

      Balance the federal budget

  • 30. 
    Which political party formed in order to oppose Andrew Jackson, sometimes referred to as "King Andrew"
    • A. 

      Free soil

    • B. 

      Bull Moose

    • C. 

      Whigs

    • D. 

      GOP

    • E. 

      Know-Nothings

  • 31. 
    The Democrats responded to the Great Depression by
    • A. 

      Lowering interest rates in order to increase investment and stimulate the economy

    • B. 

      Lowering corporate taxes in order to keep american jobs here

    • C. 

      Creating the New Deal to help those in need and create jobs

    • D. 

      Increasing tariffs

    • E. 

      Cutting unemployment benefits

  • 32. 
    Andrew Jackson won the 1828 election in part because 
    • A. 

      Suffrage had expanded to give non-landowning males the right to vote

    • B. 

      Promising to outlaw slavery

    • C. 

      Promoting the need for a national bank

    • D. 

      He made a deal with Henry Clay, the Speaker of the House

    • E. 

      He created a coalition of minorities that helped swing the vote in many swing states

  • 33. 
    Super Tuesday refers to
    • A. 

      Many states holding primaries on the same Tuesday

    • B. 

      The presidential election

    • C. 

      Midterm elections

    • D. 

      The day the electors from the electoral college cast their votes for president

    • E. 

      The official kickoff for the presidential campaign

  • 34. 
    What happens if no presidential candidates receives a majority of the electoral votes 
    • A. 

      There is a runoff, and voters choose between the 2 candidates that received the most votes

    • B. 

      The senate elects the president

    • C. 

      The house of representatives elects the president

    • D. 

      The supreme court elects the president

    • E. 

      State legislatures elect the president

  • 35. 
    What was the corrupt Bargain
    • A. 

      Andrew Jackson defeated Henry Clay

    • B. 

      John Quincy Adams defeated Andrew Jackson

    • C. 

      John Quincy Adams defeated Henry Clay

    • D. 

      The supreme court decision that allowed corporations to donate an unlimited amount of money in order to support candidates

    • E. 

      The supreme court announced George W bush the winner