Political Science (Unit One Test)

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  • 1. 
    Representation in the Confederation Congress was based on which of the following formulae?
    • A. 

      One house was based on population, and one on state equality

    • B. 

      Both houses were based on state equality

    • C. 

      The one-house congress was based on population

    • D. 

      The one-house congress was based on state equality

  • 2. 
    Amendments to the Articles of Confederation required approval:
    • A. 

      By a simple majority of the states

    • B. 

      By a 2/3 majority of the states

    • C. 

      By a 3/4 majority of the states

    • D. 

      By the unanimous agreement of all 13 states

  • 3. 
    Which of the following might be sufficient to ratify amendments to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      A 3/4 votes of both houses of congress

    • B. 

      State legislatures in 2/3 of the states

    • C. 

      State conventions in 2/3 of the states

    • D. 

      State legislatures in 3/4 of the states

    • E. 

      Both B and C

  • 4. 
    According to James Madison in Federalist #10, what is "the first object of government?"
    • A. 

      To guarantee freedom

    • B. 

      To ensure freedom of thought and freedom of religion

    • C. 

      To protect unequal abilities to acquire property

    • D. 

      To maintain public order and the safety of the people

  • 5. 
    According to Federalist 10, the "most dangerous" faction is:
    • A. 

      One based on religion

    • B. 

      One based on race

    • C. 

      One based on strongly held philosophical opinions

    • D. 

      The majority

  • 6. 
    According to our discussion in class, statements expressing moral and political value judgments are:
    • A. 

      Described as "empirical"

    • B. 

      Described as "normative"

    • C. 

      Not subject to confirmation or disproof based on evidence

    • D. 

      Both A and C

    • E. 

      Both B and C

  • 7. 
    The 13th Amendment, giving women the vote, was ratified in:
    • A. 

      1870

    • B. 

      1890

    • C. 

      1913

    • D. 

      1920

    • E. 

      1951

  • 8. 
    The LEAST wealthy 60 percent of the American population owns approximately what share of the total wealth?
    • A. 

      4.0 percent

    • B. 

      14.0 percent

    • C. 

      24.4 percent

    • D. 

      40.0 percent

  • 9. 
    Who was/were the author (s) of the FEDERALIST PAPERS?
    • A. 

      James Madison

    • B. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • C. 

      John Jay

    • D. 

      All those above

    • E. 

      A and B, but not C

  • 10. 
    Which of the following elements of gradual democratization has NOT been accomplished by an amendment to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Extension of the right to vote to women

    • B. 

      Extension of the right to vote to those 18-29

    • C. 

      Extension of the right to vote to property-less white males

    • D. 

      Direct election of US Senators

  • 11. 
    In the Digital Readings Packet article titled "Rules for a Bank Bailout," the author recommends that the US learn from the lessons applied by which of these countries when it faced a similar major banking crisis?
    • A. 

      Japan

    • B. 

      Great Britain

    • C. 

      Sweden

    • D. 

      Canada

  • 12. 
    On the issue of equality how do the Declaration of Independence and Federalist 10's defense of the Constitution compare?
    • A. 

      Both documents assert that all men are created equal

    • B. 

      Both domcuments assert that all men are created unequal

    • C. 

      The declaration of independence asserts that all men are created equal, but federalist 10 asserts that it is human nature that men are unequal.

    • D. 

      The declaration of independence asserts that it is human nature that men are unequal. but federalist 10 asserts all men are created equal

  • 13. 
    There are CURRENTLY large differences in voting turnout based on which of the following demographic characteristics:
    • A. 

      Education

    • B. 

      Age

    • C. 

      Gender

    • D. 

      All of those above

    • E. 

      A and B, but not C

  • 14. 
    Your textbook describes one of these party "eras" as actually being TWO eras of Republican party dominance 
    • A. 

      1796-1824

    • B. 

      1828-1856

    • C. 

      1860-1928

    • D. 

      1932-1964

    • E. 

      1968-present

  • 15. 
    Chapter 7 of your textbook says that MTV, ESPN, Comedy Central, and C-Span are examples of which trend in the mass media:
    • A. 

      Narrowcasting

    • B. 

      The Downs model

    • C. 

      Embedding

    • D. 

      Blanket media

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is an example of spurious correlation?
    • A. 

      The apparent relationship b/w voting turnout and education

    • B. 

      The apparent relationship b/w voting turnout and age

    • C. 

      The apparent relationship b/w voting turnout and race

    • D. 

      The apparent relationship b/w voting turnout and income

  • 17. 
    According to a graph in chapter 6 of your text, there has been a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians over the past 20 years by which of these groups?
    • A. 

      Liberals

    • B. 

      Moderates

    • C. 

      Conservatives

    • D. 

      All those above

    • E. 

      A and B, but not C

  • 18. 
    What do the Presidential elections of 1800 and 1824 have in common?
    • A. 

      The electoral college chose someone other than the popular vote winner to serve as President

    • B. 

      In both elections, there were so-called "faithless" electors who failed to honor their pledges to vote for the nominees of their parties

    • C. 

      In both elections, no candidate had a majority of Electoral votes, so the President was chosen by the House

    • D. 

      In both elections, no candidate had a majority of electoral votes, so the President was chosen by the senate

  • 19. 
    What is "the Consitutional provision" for choosing members of the electoral college?
    • A. 

      They are to be chosen in any manner determined by the states

    • B. 

      They are to be chosen individually by popular vote

    • C. 

      They are to be chosen by popular vote for pledged slates, chosen on a winner-take-all basis

    • D. 

      They are to be chosen by popular vote for pledged slates, chosen on the basis of proportional representation

  • 20. 
    What is the current method for choosing members of the Electoral College, as used in 48 out of the 50 states?
    • A. 

      They are to be chosen as specified in the 14th amendment

    • B. 

      They are to be chosen individually by popular vote

    • C. 

      They are to be chosen by popular vote for pledged slates, chosen on a winner-take-all basis

    • D. 

      They are to be chosen by popular vote for pledged slates, chosen on the basis of proportional representation

  • 21. 
    Below are four alternative explanations for why most americans most of the time are inattentive to politics and therefore uninformd about it. Which of the four is supported by the finding that WHEN AN ISSUE IS HIGHLY SALIENT, there there is evidence that the public is more attentive and much more informed than usual
    • A. 

      Cognitive limitations

    • B. 

      Low information is an indirect measure of satisfaction with the status quo

    • C. 

      Cynicism on the part of the public

    • D. 

      Low information is artificially cnotrived to serve someone's interests

  • 22. 
    Below are four alternative explanations for why most americans most of the time are inattentive to politics and therefore uninformd about it. Which of the four is supported by the finding that almost all salient issues are conceptually quite simple, and there are virtually no salient issues which are highly complex
    • A. 

      Cognitive limitations

    • B. 

      Low information is an indirect measure of satisfaction with the status quo

    • C. 

      Cynicism on the part of the public

    • D. 

      Low information is artificially contrived to serve someone's interests

  • 23. 
    According to chapter 2 of your textbook, the language used by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence has remarkable parallels with the earlier work of which English philosopher?
    • A. 

      John locke

    • B. 

      Edmund burke

    • C. 

      Thomas paine

    • D. 

      Bertrand russell

  • 24. 
    In chapter 6 of your textbook there is a one-page table that compares political attitudes of Americans 18-29 years old with thos of Americans 65 and older. Based on that table, which of the following statements is/are true?
    • A. 

      The young are more liberal that the elderly

    • B. 

      The young are more in favor of gays in the military than are the elderly

    • C. 

      The young are more in favor of "government policies to reduce income differences" than are the elderly

    • D. 

      All the above

    • E. 

      A and B, but not C

  • 25. 
    The total gross national debt in late January 2009 was:
    • A. 

      10.6 trillion

    • B. 

      789 billion

    • C. 

      700 billion

    • D. 

      454 billion

    • E. 

      254 billion

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