AP Government Public Policy

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  • 1. 
    1. The framers of the Constitution all believed that one of the primary functions of government is
  • 2. 
    1. In The Federalist papers, James Madison expressed the view that political factions
  • 3. 
    Politicians have become more heavily dependent on the media as
    • A. 

      The public has become better educated.

    • B. 

      The federal bureaucracy has enlarged itself.

    • C. 

      Public affairs have become much more complex.

    • D. 

      The scope of government has expanded.

    • E. 

      Political party organizations have declined.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is an example of checks and balances, as established by the Constitution?
    • A. 

      A requirement that states lower their legal drinking age to eighteenas a condition of receiving funds through federal highway grant programs

    • B. 

      Media criticism of public officials during an election campaignperiod

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court's ability to overturn a lower court decision

    • D. 

      The requirement that presidential appointments to the SupremeCourt be approved by the Senate

    • E. 

      The election of the President by the electoral college rather thanby direct election

  • 5. 
    When selecting a vice-presidential candidate, a presidential nominee is usually concerned primarily with choosing a running mate who
    • A. 

      Has significant personal wealth

    • B. 

      Adds balance and appeal to the national ticket

    • C. 

      Comes from the same ideological wing of the party as the President

    • D. 

      Can serve as the most important domestic policy adviser to the President

    • E. 

      Can effectively preside over the Senate

  • 6. 
    The role of a conference committee in Congress is to
    • A. 

      Hold hearings on proposed legislation

    • B. 

      Oversee the actions of the executive branch of the government

    • C. 

      Decide which bills should be considered by the full Senate

    • D. 

      Conduct hearings that make information available to the public

    • E. 

      Reconcile differences in bills passed by the House and Senate

  • 7. 
    Congressional standing committees are best described as
    • A. 

      Specially appointed investigative bodies

    • B. 

      Joint committees of the two houses of Congress

    • C. 

      Committees created for each session

    • D. 

      Permanent subject-matter committees

    • E. 

      Advisory staff agencies

  • 8. 
    All of the following powers are granted to the President by the Constitution EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Commissioning officers in the armed forces

    • B. 

      Addressing the Congress on the state of the union

    • C. 

      Receiving ambassadors

    • D. 

      Granting pardons for federal offenses

    • E. 

      Forming new cabinet-level departments

  • 9. 
    In McCulloch v. Maryland, the Supreme Court established which of the following principles?
    • A. 

      States cannot interfere with or tax the legitimate activities of the federal government.

    • B. 

      The judicial branch cannot intervene in political disputes between the President and Congress.

    • C. 

      The federal Bill of Rights places no limitations on the states.

    • D. 

      The federal government has the power to regulate commerce.

    • E. 

      It is within the judiciary's authority to interpret the constitution.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following procedures results in the removal of the President from office?
    • A. 

      The House and Senate vote for impeachment, and the Supreme Court reaches a guilty verdict.

    • B. 

      The House votes for impeachment, and the Senate conducts a trial and reaches a guilty verdict.

    • C. 

      The House and Senate both vote for a bill of impeachment

    • D. 

      Only the House votes for a bill of impeachment.

    • E. 

      A criminal court finds the President guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors."

  • 11. 
    The boundaries of United States congressional districts are usually determined by
    • A. 

      The Federal Election Commission (FEC)

    • B. 

      The state legislatures

    • C. 

      The House Rules Committee

    • D. 

      A conference committee of the House and Senate

    • E. 

      The director of the United States Census Bureau

  • 12. 
    Diversity of public policy throughout the United States is primarily a consequence of
    • A. 

      Federalism

    • B. 

      Separation of powers

    • C. 

      Innovation within bureaucratic agencies

    • D. 

      Decentralization in the Senate

    • E. 

      Lack of party discipline in the House

  • 13. 
    The reserved powers of the state governments can best be described as those powers
    • A. 

      Not specifically granted to the national government or denied to the states

    • B. 

      Implied in the Fifth Amendment

    • C. 

      Listed specifically in the Tenth Amendment

    • D. 

      Exercised by both national and state governments

    • E. 

      Granted to states as part of the implied powers doctrine

  • 14. 
    Which of the following form an "iron triangle"?
    • A. 

      President, Congress, Supreme Court

    • B. 

      President, House majority leader, Senate majority leader

    • C. 

      Interest group, Senate majority leader, House majority leader

    • D. 

      Executive department, House majority leader, President

    • E. 

      Executive department, Congressional committee, interest group

  • 15. 
    American Bureaucracy is complex because?
    • A. 

      Authority is divided among several managing institutions.

    • B. 

      It is heavily dependent on career employees.

    • C. 

      Federalism encourages the abuse of power.

    • D. 

      Civil servants are immune from firing.

  • 16. 
    The political ideology of a president appointee is importantbecause he or she
    • A. 

      Must often work with radical groups.

    • B. 

      Affects how the laws are interpreted.

    • C. 

      Is usually bound by specific directives.

    • D. 

      Typically has strong party ties.

  • 17. 
    All of the following statements pertaining to the presidential veto are true EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Congress overrides fewer than ten percent of presidential vetoes

    • B. 

      A vetoed bill is often revised and passed in another form

    • C. 

      Presidents often threaten to veto bills to increase their leverage with Congress

    • D. 

      A President may veto part of a bill

    • E. 

      Congress often places provisions the President wants into a bill the President dislikes to amek a veto less likely

  • 18. 
    Which of the following factors best accounts for the rise of interest groups and the decline of political parties in recent years?
    • A. 

      National parties have become too closely identified with controversial issues

    • B. 

      Court decisions have restricted the political parties' abilities to recruit new members

    • C. 

      It is less expensive to join an interest group than to join a political party

    • D. 

      Interest groups have been more successful in avoiding negative press coverage than have political parties

    • E. 

      Interest groups are better able to articulate specific policy positions than are political parties

  • 19. 
    Of the following, which group voted most heavily Democratic in presidential elections between 1964 and 1992?
    • A. 

      Mexican Americans

    • B. 

      Chinese Americans

    • C. 

      Jewish Americans

    • D. 

      Black Americans

    • E. 

      Roman Catholic Americans

  • 20. 
    In trying to influence legislation, the President is generally more successful than congressional leaders in
    • A. 

      Using the legislative schedule to political advantage

    • B. 

      Enforcing the party discipline

    • C. 

      Satisfying interest group demands for access to the policy process

    • D. 

      Effectively using formal parliamentary powers rather than persuasion

    • E. 

      Using the media to set the policy agenda

  • 21. 
    The Office of Management and Budget has the primary responsibility for doing which of the following?
    • A. 

      Implementing federal unemployment policy

    • B. 

      Preparing the budget

    • C. 

      Auditing the budget

    • D. 

      Appropriating funds for the budget

    • E. 

      Approving the budget

  • 22. 
    The Freedom of Information Act was designed primarily to give
    • A. 

      Congress access to information from citizens

    • B. 

      Police access to information from criminal suspects

    • C. 

      The courts access to information from reporters

    • D. 

      Citizens access to information from the executive branch

    • E. 

      Congress access to information from the executive branch

  • 23. 
    Which of the following is true of the electoral college system?
    • A. 

      It encourages the emergence of third parties

    • B. 

      It encourages candidates to concentrate their campaigns in competitive, populous states

    • C. 

      It ensures that the votes of all citizens count equally in selecting the President

    • D. 

      It requires that a candidate win a minimum of 26 states to obtain a majority in the college

    • E. 

      It tends to make presidential elections appear closer than they really are

  • 24. 
    Elections for the House of Representatives provide
    • A. 

      Approximately equal representation for every voter

    • B. 

      An equal chance of getting elected for both incumbents and challengers

    • C. 

      A system in which only those candidates who receive a majority of the votes cast win on the first ballot

    • D. 

      Proportional representation based on the percentage of votes cast for each party

    • E. 

      Proportional representation of racial and ethnic minorities

  • 25. 
    In contrast to revenue sharing, categorical grants-in-aid provide state and local governments with
    • A. 

      Substantial discretion in deciding how to use the grants to solve their problems

    • B. 

      Aid that reflects tax base and population

    • C. 

      The power to impose regressive taxes

    • D. 

      Funds sufficient to support a high level of local service

    • E. 

      Funds to administer programs clearly specified by the federal government

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