Political Science Dr. Franklin Gsu

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Political Science Quizzes & Trivia

In this social science quiz, we’ll be turning our attention to the particular study of political science, which concerns itself with activities, thoughts and behaviours of a political nature. What can you tell us? Let’s take a look.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    One fear about majority rule in a democracy is that it could lead to
    • A. 

      Apathy on the part of elites.

    • B. 

      Tyranny through suppression of the minority.

    • C. 

      Public policies that benefit special interest groups

    • D. 

      Control of government by career bureaucrats.

    • E. 

      All these answers are correct.

  • 2. 
    In Federalist No. 10, James Madison argued that
    • A. 

      Government is most dangerous when a single group is powerful enough to gain full political control.

    • B. 

      Monarchies are preferable to democracies.

    • C. 

      America was not diverse enough to prevent powerful interest groups from exercising too much political power.

    • D. 

      Interest groups should be heavily regulated in America.

    • E. 

      Interest groups are less troublesome than political parties are.

  • 3. 
    America's pluralism stems from
    • A. 

      Its geographical diversity.

    • B. 

      Its economic complexity.

    • C. 

      Its religious diversity.

    • D. 

      Its ethnic diversity.

    • E. 

      All these answers are correct.

  • 4. 
    A major criticism of the theory of pluralism is that ␣
    • A. 

      There are no organized interest groups.

    • B. 

      Majorities always win.

    • C. 

      Only a small number of powerful groups are well-organized and influence policymakers.

    • D. 

      The needs of special interests are ignored.

    • E. 

      None of these answers is correct.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is true about the United States? ␣
    • A. 

      The candidate with the most popular votes always becomes president.

    • B. 

      There are forms of direct democracy at the national level.

    • C. 

      To protect against abuses of power, the Framers of the Constitution devised a system of checks and balances.

    • D. 

      Majority rule is more direct in the United States than in other European democracies.

    • E. 

      Senators, representatives, and presidents all have the same terms of office.

  • 6. 
    An idea central to the ideology of Classical Liberalism is: ␣
    • A. 

      To each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

    • B. 

      The role of government is to provide the greatest happiness to the largest number of people.

    • C. 

      Society's rules should mimic the law of the jungle.

    • D. 

      The government that governs best governs least.

    • E. 

      There will be a natural progression in society towards the state ownership of the means of production.

  • 7. 
    The Framers of the Constitution preferred which of the following political arrangements? ␣ 
    • A. 

      A republic as opposed to a pure democracy

    • B. 

      A monarchy as opposed to a constitutional system

    • C. 

      A pure democracy over a republic

    • D. 

      A pure democracy over a representative democracy

    • E. 

      Socialism over capitalism

  • 8. 
    A contemporary legislator who voted for a bill even though his constituents back home overwhelmingly opposed the bill would be performing the role of 
    • A. 

      Trustee.

    • B. 

      Delegate.

    • C. 

      Statesperson.

    • D. 

      Politician.

    • E. 

      Oversight.

  • 9. 
    Presidential appointments and treaties must be approved by 
    • A. 

      Congress.

    • B. 

      Only the president.

    • C. 

      The Senate.

    • D. 

      The Supreme Court.

    • E. 

      The secretary of state.

  • 10. 
    According to the Constitution
    • A. 

      The legislature enforces the law.

    • B. 

      The executive makes the law.

    • C. 

      The judiciary interprets the law.

    • D. 

      The bureaucrats make the law.

    • E. 

      Interest groups directly determine public policy outcomes.

  • 11. 
    Judicial review is the power of the American courts to
    • A. 

      Declare a law unconstitutional.

    • B. 

      Suspend the writ of habeas corpus.

    • C. 

      Impeach the president.

    • D. 

      Give advisory opinions to Congress.

    • E. 

      Give advice and counsel to the president.

  • 12. 
    Where is the Bill of Rights found in the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Article I, Section 8

    • B. 

      Article II

    • C. 

      The first ten Amendments

    • D. 

      Amendments 17 through 26

    • E. 

      Article III

  • 13. 
    The separation of powers and checks and balances are respectively:
    • A. 

      Two ways of saying the same thing.

    • B. 

      The physical separation of the branches and the shared power of the branches.

    • C. 

      The shared power of the branches and the physical separation of the branches.

    • D. 

      The relationship between the federal government and the states and the relationship between the president, Congress and the courts

    • E. 

      The relationship between the president, Congress and the courts and the relationship between the federal government and the states.

  • 14. 
    Which choice below describes the American change in governmental structure as a result of adopting the Constitution? 
    • A. 

      Unitary to confederal

    • B. 

      Confederal to unitary

    • C. 

      Federal to unitary

    • D. 

      Confederal to federal

    • E. 

      Federal to confederal

  • 15. 
    Which region of the nation receives the highest percentage of its revenues from the federal government?
    • A. 

      West

    • B. 

      Northeast

    • C. 

      Midwest

    • D. 

      South

    • E. 

      Non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii

  • 16. 
    In America today, public education is primarily the responsibility of 
    • A. 

      The national government.

    • B. 

      State and local governments.

    • C. 

      The National Education Association (NEA).

    • D. 

      The American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

    • E. 

      The U.S. Department of Education.

  • 17. 
    According to_____,a large republic is less likely to have an all-powerful faction.
    • A. 

      Patrick Henry

    • B. 

      George Mason

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      John C. Calhoun

    • E. 

      John Marshall Harlan

  • 18. 
    Roughly one in every _____ dollars spent by local and state governments in recent decades was raised not by them but by the government in Washington. 
    • A. 

      Two

    • B. 

      Five

    • C. 

      Ten

    • D. 

      Fifty

    • E. 

      One hundred

  • 19. 
    All of the following countries have a unitary form of government except
    • A. 

      Canada.

    • B. 

      Sweden.

    • C. 

      France.

    • D. 

      Japan.

    • E. 

      Great Britain.

  • 20. 
    Devolution is
    • A. 

      The passing of authority from the national government to the state and local levels.

    • B. 

      The expansion of national authority that began in the 1930s.

    • C. 

      The contraction of state authority and the expansion of local government authority.

    • D. 

      The expansion of national authority that began in the 1960s.

    • E. 

      None of these answers is correct.

  • 21. 
    All civil liberties are
    • A. 

      Absolute.

    • B. 

      Conditional.

    • C. 

      Enumerated in the Constitution.

    • D. 

      Contained in the First Amendment.

    • E. 

      Clear in terms of judicial interpretation.

  • 22. 
    Which is true about the judiciary in America?
    • A. 

      The courts are for the most part isolated from public moods.

    • B. 

      The courts must balance society's need for safety against the rights of the individual.

    • C. 

      Judges have virtually unlimited power.

    • D. 

      All these answers are correct.

    • E. 

      The courts are not isolated from public moods, and must balance society's need for safety against the rights of the individual.

  • 23. 
    According to the SupremeCourt, which is true regarding freedom of assembly?
    • A. 

      Individuals have the right to command immediate access to a public auditorium.

    • B. 

      Individuals have the right to hold a public rally in the middle of a busy intersection at a time of their choosing.

    • C. 

      Public officials can regulate the time, place, and conditions of public assembly, provided the regulations are reasonable.

    • D. 

      Public officials can prohibit assembly by unpopular groups.

    • E. 

      Freedom of assembly is an absolute right, because it is in the First Amendment.

  • 24. 
    "You have the right to remain silent....Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law...You have the right to an attorney." This is called
    • A. 

      The preferred position doctrine.

    • B. 

      The clear and present danger test.

    • C. 

      The Miranda warning.

    • D. 

      The fairness doctrine.

    • E. 

      None of these answers is correct.

  • 25. 
    In Texas v. Johnson ,the Supreme Court ruled that
    • A. 

      Flag burning is an imminent danger to public safety.

    • B. 

      Flag burning is not symbolic speech.

    • C. 

      Flag burning, although offensive, cannot be prohibited.

    • D. 

      Flag burning can be prohibited by the national government but not by the states.

    • E. 

      Flag burning could be banned by Congress.