Politics In The American States, Part 1

33 Questions | Total Attempts: 45

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Politics Quizzes & Trivia

This VERY difficult quiz contains questions regarding the socioeconomic and political context of the 50 states.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What political party took control of the U.S. House of Representatives after the November 2010 elections?
    • A. 

      Democratic Party

    • B. 

      Republican Party

    • C. 

      Green Party

    • D. 

      Independent

  • 2. 
    How many of the 50 states have Republican governors? 
    • A. 

      19

    • B. 

      39

    • C. 

      29

    • D. 

      9

  • 3. 
    The states are currently in the worst financial shape since the Great Depression.  What is the primary culprit?
    • A. 

      The increase in student loan debt

    • B. 

      The war on terror

    • C. 

      The national recession that began at the end of 2007

    • D. 

      The dot-com bubble burst in March of 2000

  • 4. 
    In 2006, which state became the first to enact greenhouse gas legislation?
    • A. 

      California

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Florida

    • D. 

      Texas

  • 5. 
    In 2003, which state became the first to adopt universal health care coverage?
    • A. 

      Massachusetts

    • B. 

      New Hampshire

    • C. 

      Vermont

    • D. 

      Maine

  • 6. 
    In 2011, the states were ranked according to their policy liberalism.  The state with the most liberal policy agenda (California) was ranked #1, and the state with the most conservative policy agenda (Arkansas) was ranked #50.  Out of the following list of states, pick the THREE that rank in the top ten in policy liberalism.
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Oklahoma

    • C. 

      Connecticut

    • D. 

      Oregon

    • E. 

      Texas

    • F. 

      Indiana

  • 7. 
    True or False?  The state of California has a higher population than the country of Canada.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Which state was the ONLY one that saw their population decline between 2000-2010?
    • A. 

      Nevada

    • B. 

      Ohio

    • C. 

      Texas

    • D. 

      Michigan

  • 9. 
    In the next twenty years, how many "baby boomers" will exit the workforce and become dependent on Medicare and Social Security?
    • A. 

      79 million

    • B. 

      59 million

    • C. 

      39 million

    • D. 

      19 million

  • 10. 
    There are currently four states with over 15% of their population over the age of sixty-five.  Select those four states.
    • A. 

      Florida

    • B. 

      Maine

    • C. 

      California

    • D. 

      Pennsylvania

    • E. 

      West Virginia

    • F. 

      Nevada

  • 11. 
    True or False?  In 2009, immigrants (both legal and illegal) numbered nearly 37 million, or 11% of the population.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    True or false?  The pace of immigration in the United States ROSE rapidly with the onset of the recession in 2007.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Immigrants tend to arrive in six states: California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, and...
    • A. 

      Arizona

    • B. 

      Illinois

    • C. 

      Michigan

    • D. 

      Ohio

  • 14. 
    After entering the country, how long must an immigrant wait to apply for federal welfare and health benefits?
    • A. 

      10 years

    • B. 

      90 days

    • C. 

      1 year

    • D. 

      5 years

  • 15. 
    In what year is it projected that the total minority population will surpass the majority population (whites) in the United States?
    • A. 

      2042

    • B. 

      2021

    • C. 

      2064

    • D. 

      2083

  • 16. 
    In how many states are whites NOT the majority of the population?
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      10

  • 17. 
    True or False?  In terms of land area, the state of Alaska is over five times the size of Texas.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Which state is ranked #1 in terms of farm production?
    • A. 

      Nevada

    • B. 

      Iowa

    • C. 

      Pennsylvania

    • D. 

      California

  • 19. 
    Because of the scarcity of fresh water in the South and West, there are often heated political battles over water usage in agriculture, energy projects, and economic development.  Since fresh water is so important, one state inscribed the following on its state capitol: "Here is the land where life is written in water."  Which state's capitol bears this inscription?
    • A. 

      Michigan

    • B. 

      Colorado

    • C. 

      Minnesota

    • D. 

      California

  • 20. 
    Wyoming has no state income tax.  Which tax revenue source allows them to afford this by making up 34% of collections?
    • A. 

      The high state sales tax

    • B. 

      Interest from a mineral trust fund and severance taxes on natural gas, coal and oil

    • C. 

      The high property taxes

    • D. 

      The highest corporate tax rate in the country

  • 21. 
    Which state has no income tax OR sales tax, and grants their citizens an annual dividend of over $1000 from revenues recovered by severance taxes on oil and natural gas?
    • A. 

      Montana

    • B. 

      Tennessee

    • C. 

      Alaska

    • D. 

      Texas

  • 22. 
    True or false?  Texas has the largest economy out of all 50 states with a Gross State Product of $1.9 trillion.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Which state has the smallest state economy with a gross state product of $25.6 billion?
    • A. 

      Vermont

    • B. 

      West Virginia

    • C. 

      Michigan

    • D. 

      Mississippi

  • 24. 
    Mining is the leading industry in three states.  Which of the following is NOT one of those states?
    • A. 

      Wyoming

    • B. 

      Alaska

    • C. 

      Montana

    • D. 

      West Virginia

  • 25. 
    The finance and insurance industry is the #1 industry in four states.  Choose those four states.
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Delaware

    • C. 

      California

    • D. 

      South Carolina

    • E. 

      Texas

    • F. 

      Connecticut

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