Political Science Quiz #1

14 Questions | Total Attempts: 59

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This is a practice test for political science students who are in need of a refresher or are preparing for a test. If you are one of them, this is a good revision avenue. All the best.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following is not one of the six steps of social science?
    • A. 

      Analyze

    • B. 

      Measure

    • C. 

      Quantify

    • D. 

      Repeat

    • E. 

      Conclude

  • 2. 
    Please identify and describe the dependent variable in the following hypothesis: Increased use of campaign attack ads results in a higher overall percentage of voter turnout at the polls.
    • A. 

      Voter turnout, Quantitative

    • B. 

      Voter turnout, Categorical, Nominal

    • C. 

      Voter turnout, Categorical, Ordinal

    • D. 

      Campaign attack ads, Quantitative

    • E. 

      Campaign attack ads, Categorical, Ordinal

  • 3. 
    Experiments are described as the “gold standard” in science because they maintain a high level of:
    • A. 

      Operationalization

    • B. 

      Spuriousness

    • C. 

      External Validity

    • D. 

      Internal validity

    • E. 

      Statistical significance

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is not necessary to establish causality?
    • A. 

      Finding a credible causal connection between the independent and dependent variables

    • B. 

      Establishing that the dependent variable also causes the independent variable

    • C. 

      Ruling out reverse causality

    • D. 

      Establishing that there is a statistically significant relationship between the independent and dependent variables

    • E. 

      Ruling out a spurious relationship between the independent and dependent variables

  • 5. 
    You are interested in determining if your classmates are good college students. To do so, you propose to examine their high school grade point average (GPA), which you obtain from the admissions office. This proposed measurement procedure is:
    • A. 

      Reliable and Valid

    • B. 

      Reliable and Not Valid

    • C. 

      Not Reliable and Not Valid

    • D. 

      Not Reliable and Valid

  • 6. 
    Which of the following information is difficult to assess from only looking at the table in a research paper?
    • A. 

      Statistical significance

    • B. 

      Directionality

    • C. 

      Independent Variables

    • D. 

      Dependent Variable

    • E. 

      Magnitude

  • 7. 
    Observational data is beneficial to use because:
    • A. 

      It protects against spuriousness

    • B. 

      It maintains a high level of internal validity

    • C. 

      It protects against reverse causality

    • D. 

      It ensures reliability

    • E. 

      It maintains a high level of external validity

  • 8. 
    All of the following can plausibly be classified as categorical ordinal variables except:
    • A. 

      Income

    • B. 

      Education

    • C. 

      Marital Status

    • D. 

      Political Ideology

    • E. 

      Public satisfaction with the Federal government

  • 9. 
    In which step of the six steps of social science do you determine the potential answers to your research question?
    • A. 

      Theorize

    • B. 

      Measure

    • C. 

      Repeat

    • D. 

      Conclude

    • E. 

      Analyze

  • 10. 
    After thinking of a research question, what is the important next step?
    • A. 

      Come up with possible answers to the question

    • B. 

      Justify the question

    • C. 

      Plan the research design

    • D. 

      Read related literature

    • E. 

      Collect data

  • 11. 
    Which of the following concepts are related to external validity?
    • A. 

      Generalizability

    • B. 

      Random assignment

    • C. 

      Experimental data

    • D. 

      Control group

    • E. 

      Treatment group

  • 12. 
    Statistical significane: 
    • A. 

      Shows the direction of the relationship between two variables

    • B. 

      Establishes that it very unlikely that the relationship between two variables is due to chance

    • C. 

      Establishes causality between two variables

    • D. 

      Confirms that the measurement used is reliable and valid

    • E. 

      Will be the coefficients in a table without stars

  • 13. 
    Explanatory models: 
    • A. 

      Aid in building theory

    • B. 

      Are visual descriptions of processes

    • C. 

      Are exact representations real processes or objects

    • D. 

      Are intended to explain all variation

    • E. 

      Are the same as theories

  • 14. 
    Please identify and describe the dependent variable in the following hypothesis: The number of death penalty sentences are lower in more liberal states.
    • A. 

      Liberal state, Categorical, Ordinal

    • B. 

      Liberal State, Quantitative

    • C. 

      Death Penalty Sentences, Categorical, Ordinal

    • D. 

      Death Penalty Sentences, Categorical, Nominal

    • E. 

      Death Penalty Sentences, Quantitative

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