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  • 1. 

    The “Contract with America” refers to

    • A.

      Republican promises for reform following the 1994 GOP takeover of the House

    • B.

      Democratic promises for reform following the 2006 takeover of the House

    • C.

      The brainchild of Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich

    • D.

      An attempt on the part of Republicans to offer Americans a positive program for reshaping policy and reforming how Congress works

    • E.

      A, c, & d

    Correct Answer
    E. A, c, & d
    Explanation
    The "Contract with America" refers to the Republican promises for reform following the 1994 GOP takeover of the House, the brainchild of Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich, and an attempt on the part of Republicans to offer Americans a positive program for reshaping policy and reforming how Congress works.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following do you need to do to become a Republican or Democrat?

    • A.

      Formally join the party

    • B.

      Prove that you’ve voted for the party

    • C.

      Add your name to a mailing list

    • D.

      Give money

    • E.

      All you need to do is believe that you belong to the party of your choice

    Correct Answer
    E. All you need to do is believe that you belong to the party of your choice
  • 3. 

    Almost all definitions of political parties have which of the following in common?

    • A.

      Parties have formal organizations

    • B.

      Parties have a mass following

    • C.

      Parties try to win elections

    • D.

      Parties are run by elites

    • E.

      Parties have limited policy agendas

    Correct Answer
    C. Parties try to win elections
    Explanation
    Political parties are defined by their primary goal of winning elections. This is a common characteristic found in almost all definitions of political parties. Parties organize themselves formally, have a mass following, and are often run by elites. While parties may have limited policy agendas, the key aspect that sets them apart is their focus on competing in elections to gain political power.

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  • 4. 

    The theory that seeks to explain political processes and outcomes as consequences of purposive behavior is called the

    • A.

      Rational-choice theory

    • B.

      Behaviorism

    • C.

      Means-ends theory

    • D.

      Cognitive theory

    • E.

      Goals theory

    Correct Answer
    A. Rational-choice theory
    Explanation
    The correct answer is rational-choice theory. This theory suggests that political processes and outcomes can be explained by individuals making rational decisions based on their own self-interest and goals. It assumes that individuals weigh the costs and benefits of different options and choose the one that maximizes their utility. This theory is often used to analyze voting behavior, decision-making in organizations, and other political phenomena.

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  • 5. 

    Ticket splitting refers to

    • A.

      Switching membership in political parties

    • B.

      The procedure used to conduct computerized, automated vote counting

    • C.

      Voting with one party in one presidential election, and another party in the next presidential election

    • D.

      Voting for one party for one office, and another party for other offices

    • E.

      Voting for a party other than the one you identify with

    Correct Answer
    D. Voting for one party for one office, and another party for other offices
    Explanation
    Ticket splitting refers to the practice of voting for candidates from different political parties for different offices in an election. This means that a voter may choose to vote for a candidate from one party for a particular office, such as president, and then vote for a candidate from a different party for other offices, such as senator or governor. This practice is often seen as a way for voters to express their preferences for individual candidates rather than strictly aligning with one political party.

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  • 6. 

    In blanket primaries,

    • A.

      Voters may choose on election day which party primary they want to participate in

    • B.

      Only voters who have registered in advance with the party can vote

    • C.

      Voters may vote for candidates from either party

    • D.

      Voters may vote for multiple candidates

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Voters may vote for candidates from either party
    Explanation
    In blanket primaries, voters have the option to vote for candidates from either party. This means that they are not limited to voting for candidates from only one political party. They have the freedom to choose candidates based on their individual preferences, regardless of party affiliation. This allows for a more inclusive and diverse voting process, as voters are not restricted by party lines and can support candidates from different parties.

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  • 7. 

    Closed primaries

    • A.

      Depress voter turnout

    • B.

      Encourage party loyalty

    • C.

      Discourage party loyalty

    • D.

      Cost less than open primaries

    • E.

      Have fewer undercounts

    Correct Answer
    B. Encourage party loyalty
    Explanation
    Closed primaries encourage party loyalty because they require voters to be registered members of a specific political party in order to participate. This means that only party members can vote in the primary election, which helps to ensure that the candidate chosen by the party aligns with the values and beliefs of its members. By limiting participation to party members, closed primaries incentivize individuals to join and remain loyal to a particular political party, as they have a direct say in selecting the party's candidate. This can lead to higher levels of party engagement and cohesion among members.

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  • 8. 

    Each party holds a national convention every

    • A.

      Six years

    • B.

      Two years

    • C.

      Three years

    • D.

      Year

    • E.

      Four years

    Correct Answer
    E. Four years
    Explanation
    National conventions are typically held by political parties to nominate their candidates for the presidency and vice presidency. These conventions also serve as a platform for the party to showcase their platform and rally support. Holding these conventions every four years aligns with the U.S. presidential election cycle, where a new president is elected every four years. Therefore, the correct answer is four years.

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  • 9. 

    The supreme power within each of the parties is

    • A.

      The state party organizations

    • B.

      The president

    • C.

      The Supreme Party Court

    • D.

      The national convention

    • E.

      The national committee

    Correct Answer
    D. The national convention
    Explanation
    The national convention is the correct answer because it is the highest authority within a political party. It is where party members gather to make important decisions, such as selecting the party's presidential nominee and adopting the party platform. The national convention is composed of delegates from each state, who represent the party's interests and make decisions on behalf of the party. Therefore, the national convention holds the supreme power within each party, making it the correct answer.

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  • 10. 

    In general, what are the ingredient(s) of a critical election?

    • A.

      Existing fissures in political party cause coalitions to begin to fracture

    • B.

      New issues appear and divide the electorate in new ways

    • C.

      Parties form new, enduring coalitions

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      Both a and b

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    A critical election is characterized by several factors. Firstly, existing divisions within political parties lead to the breakdown of coalitions. Secondly, new issues emerge that create divisions among the electorate in different ways. Lastly, parties form new and long-lasting coalitions in response to these changes. Therefore, all of the given options (a, b, and c) contribute to the ingredients of a critical election.

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  • 11. 

    Party realignments in the United States

    • A.

      Occur when a party makes dramatic changes in its positions on issues

    • B.

      Involve the death of one party and the birth of a brand new one

    • C.

      Are slight adjustments of political allegiance among voters in at least one region of the country

    • D.

      Happen after most presidential elections, and occasionally in-between

    • E.

      Are rare events in the United States, usually associated with a major national crisis or trauma, in which one party's majority domination is replaced with another's

    Correct Answer
    E. Are rare events in the United States, usually associated with a major national crisis or trauma, in which one party's majority domination is replaced with another's
    Explanation
    Party realignments in the United States are rare events that typically occur in response to a major national crisis or trauma. During these realignments, one party's majority domination is replaced by another party. This shift in power is often a result of significant changes in the political landscape and voter preferences. These realignments are not common and tend to happen only in exceptional circumstances.

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  • 12. 

    The first American political party evolved

    • A.

      From the supporters of George Washington's first campaign for president

    • B.

      Out of Thomas Jefferson's efforts to get the Declaration of Independence adopted

    • C.

      Out of public disgust over the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, leading to calls to solve conflicts through peaceful party competition

    • D.

      During the Constitutional Convention

    • E.

      Out of Alexander Hamilton's efforts to get Congress to establish a national bank

    Correct Answer
    E. Out of Alexander Hamilton's efforts to get Congress to establish a national bank
    Explanation
    The first American political party evolved out of Alexander Hamilton's efforts to get Congress to establish a national bank. This suggests that Hamilton's push for a national bank was a significant factor in the formation of the party. This aligns with the historical context of the time, as Hamilton's proposal for a national bank was a major point of contention between him and his political opponents, leading to the formation of opposing political factions.

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  • 13. 

    The Republicans lost the election of 1932 primarily due to

    • A.

      The nomination of a popular war hero by the Democrats

    • B.

      Hitler's election as chancellor of Germany and the Republicans' failure to prevent it.

    • C.

      Rising political and economic instability in Europe

    • D.

      The failure of the Republicans to hold onto the support of urban industrialists

    • E.

      President Herbert Hoover's handling of the Depression

    Correct Answer
    E. President Herbert Hoover's handling of the Depression
    Explanation
    President Herbert Hoover's handling of the Depression is the correct answer because his policies and actions during the economic crisis were widely criticized. Many people blamed him for the severity and length of the Great Depression, as he was seen as being slow to respond and ineffective in addressing the economic hardships faced by Americans. This led to a loss of confidence in the Republican Party and ultimately contributed to their defeat in the election of 1932.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following is TRUE about most third-party campaigns in American history?

    • A.

      They almost never win office

    • B.

      They occasionally succeed

    • C.

      They usually become major political parties over time

    • D.

      They have been most successful at promoting party dealignment

    • E.

      They frequently are successful

    Correct Answer
    A. They almost never win office
    Explanation
    Third-party campaigns in American history are rarely successful in winning office. This implies that candidates from third-party campaigns have a low chance of winning elections compared to candidates from major political parties.

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