No Citizen Left Behind -- Politician Accountability Test

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  • 1. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} In a democracy, the purpose of voting is to:
    • A. 

      Select competent, qualified people to advance our collective interests.

    • B. 

      Send a message to politicians based on events since the last election.

    • C. 

      Advance the positions and projects that will benefit me.

    • D. 

      Choose leaders who are likable and funny, have strong personalities, and can effectively communicate clear, simple messages.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 2. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} When selecting a candidate, which of these is the most important consideration:
    • A. 

      Intelligence

    • B. 

      Friendliness

    • C. 

      Sense of Humor

    • D. 

      Overall Charisma

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system: 
    • A. 

      Control criminals

    • B. 

      Punish wrongdoing

    • C. 

      Limit and manage misbehavior

    • D. 

      Express our morals

  • 4. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} Money spent on taxes is: 
    • A. 

      A pool of wealth that we all own equally

    • B. 

      Typically wasted or misused

    • C. 

      A reduction in our standard of living

    • D. 

      A necessary evil

  • 5. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} When voting on an issue, one should primarily consider:
    • A. 

      The overall effect on yourself

    • B. 

      The overall effect on yourself, your family, and your friends

    • C. 

      The overall effect on the entire community or society that is voting

    • D. 

      Noteworthy endorsements and the views of others

  • 6. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} The Declaration of Independence:
    • A. 

      Grants certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

    • B. 

      Is the legal foundation of the right to life movement

    • C. 

      Is the legal foundation of the bill of rights

    • D. 

      Is the law of the land

    • E. 

      Has no legal effect

  • 7. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal}   li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} Progressive Taxation attempts to:
    • A. 

      Tax the rich to help the poor

    • B. 

      Redistribute income to a favored class

    • C. 

      Impose upon all citizens a comparable burden in funding our shared wealth

    • D. 

      Slow down the overall economy to achieve specific social objectives

  • 8. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} Purpose of publc education is to:
    • A. 

      Prepare people to be good citizens and to fulfill their potential

    • B. 

      Prepare people to be good workers and earn a decent salary

    • C. 

      Prepare our country for global competition, especially in math, science, and engineering

    • D. 

      To keep kids safe while their parents work during the day

  • 9. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} Countries with severe wealth inequalities typically experience:
    • A. 

      Increased entrepreneurship as a result of greater potential rewards

    • B. 

      Relatively high levels of public investment due to philanthropy

    • C. 

      Poverty, disease, shortened lifespans, increased crime, and political instability

    • D. 

      Rapid skills acquisition among workers due to greater incentives to achieve wealth

  • 10. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} The decision of individual countries to ratify the United Nations charter was analgous to:
    • A. 

      The decision of individual US States to ratify the Constitution

    • B. 

      The decision of individual voters to elect a president

    • C. 

      The decision of individual countries not to go to war

    • D. 

      The decision of a free person to allow himself to be arrested

  • 11. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} Judges that make law based on their own interpretation of disputed legal provisions are:
    • A. 

      Legislating from the bench

    • B. 

      Violating their oath of office

    • C. 

      Usurping the responsibilities of the legislative branch

    • D. 

      Doing their job

  • 12. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} The statement "Only businesses create jobs; government has never created a single job," is:
    • A. 

      False, because the government directly employs politicians

    • B. 

      False, because the government directly owns certains businesses, like the post office

    • C. 

      False, because all economic enterprises create jobs to the same extent, whether they are funded privately or publicly

    • D. 

      True

  • 13. 
    Public expenditures tend to advance the public interest more than private expenditures because:
    • A. 

      The government pays higher wages

    • B. 

      The government is required to use a transparent, open bidding process

    • C. 

      The government hiring is less likely to engage in illegal discrimination than a private enterprise

    • D. 

      The government project will result in something publicly owned instead of privately owned

  • 14. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} When spending public funds, we should favor the project that does the best job of:
    • A. 

      Helping poor people

    • B. 

      Eliminating income inequality

    • C. 

      Improving the community

    • D. 

      Providing jobs

  • 15. 
      li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} In determining whether to support building a bike trail for the community, the proper question is
    • A. 

      How would building a bike trail support the community

    • B. 

      Whether I or people I know would use the bike trial

    • C. 

      Whether I would benefit from having the bike trail

    • D. 

      Whether the bike trail would harm the environment

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