Practice Exam #4

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  • 1. 
    In which of the following elections are voters allowed to choose candidates from either party for different offices?
    • A. 

      Open primary

    • B. 

      Initiative

    • C. 

      Closed primary

    • D. 

      Blanket primary

    • E. 

      Recall election

  • 2. 
    Which of the following would play a role in an impeachment of the president?
    • A. 

      Judiciary committee

    • B. 

      Federal commission

    • C. 

      Subgovernment

    • D. 

      Executive advisory committee

    • E. 

      Select committee

  • 3. 
    Popular elections are held for all of the following governmental offices EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Senator

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      Federal judge

    • D. 

      Member of the House of Representatives

    • E. 

      Governor

  • 4. 
    Generally, the Democratic coalition consists of which of the following groups in the electorate?
    • A. 

      Wealthy businessmen, southerners, and Midwesterners

    • B. 

      Rural voters, African Americans, and women

    • C. 

      Jewish voters, urban voters, wealthy businessmen

    • D. 

      Women, Hispanic Americans, and people in the highest income bracket

    • E. 

      African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and urban voters

  • 5. 
    Which of the following conclusions may be drawn about incumbents based on the data in the graph above?
    • A. 

      In the past 40 years, at least half of incumbents consistently have won reelection.

    • B. 

      Senate incumbents are reelected at a greater rate than House incumbents.

    • C. 

      The most congressional incumbents were reelected in 1960.

    • D. 

      Almost no senatorial incumbents won reelection in 1980.

    • E. 

      House incumbents tend to win elections often than senatorial incumbents because their elections are less publicized.

  • 6. 
    The Elastic Clause grants Congress the authority to
    • A. 

      Amend the preident's budget proposal as it sees fit

    • B. 

      Make any laws that it to carry its assigned responsibilities.

    • C. 

      Raise taxes.

    • D. 

      Create any number of legislative committees and sub committees.

    • E. 

      Reapportion seats based on the nation's changing population.

  • 7. 
    Most citizens expressed their political views by
    • A. 

      Partixipating in political protests when they disagree with the government's decisions.

    • B. 

      Writing letters to the editor of a local newspaper.

    • C. 

      Voting for candidates who seem to share their political ideology.

    • D. 

      Writing letters or trying to contact their representative in person.

    • E. 

      Joining an interest group and lobbying members of Congress.

  • 8. 
    The Constitution authorizes Supreme Court justices to be appointed for life for which of the following reasons?
    • A. 

      To shield judges from political influence and pressure

    • B. 

      To rewared judges for their distinuished careers

    • C. 

      To create a strong relationship between court and conress

    • D. 

      To allow politicians to use the patronage system

    • E. 

      To limit the power of presidents to appoint judges too frewuently

  • 9. 
    One common criticism of the media's participation in politics is
    • A. 

      Its bias in favor of outsiders and third parties.

    • B. 

      Its focus on the Supreme Court to the exclusion of the other branches.

    • C. 

      Its live and uncensored coverage of committee hearings.

    • D. 

      Its exploitation of political scandals to earn ratings.

    • E. 

      Its failure to shape the public agenda through its news coverage.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following groups in the electorate has the lowest voter turnout rate?
    • A. 

      The elderly

    • B. 

      High school graduates

    • C. 

      Women

    • D. 

      Protestants

    • E. 

      Young people

  • 11. 
    Which of the following statements about the budgetary process is true?
    • A. 

      The president submits a budget proposal to Congress, which ultimately decides how to allocate money.

    • B. 

      The president assigns a spending minimum and maximum to each agency in the executive branch.

    • C. 

      Interest groups have little influence over this aspect of policy making

    • D. 

      The Office of Management and budget handles the entire budgetary process

    • E. 

      Committees submit their internal budget requests to the Congressional Budget Office

  • 12. 
    According to the Supreme Court's interpretation of the law, which of the following is true about the freedom of religion?
    • A. 

      The government cannot interfere with the ways peopple practice their religious beliefs.

    • B. 

      State governments may base their politics on religion, but the federal government cant.

    • C. 

      Officially sponsored prayer in public schools violates the separation of the church and state.

    • D. 

      The Establishment Clause applies only to non-Christian relgions.

    • E. 

      Religious schools are not allowed to recieve any funding.

  • 13. 
    Which of the following powers are granted to Congress bye the Constitution?I. Appropriate moneyII. Confirm justicesIII send troops into warIV Enforce lawsV. Regulate commence
    • A. 

      I and IV only

    • B. 

      II and III only

    • C. 

      III and V only

    • D. 

      I,II, and V

    • E. 

      III. IV and V only

  • 14. 
    Which of the following authorized the Justice Department to send federal officals to oversee state
    • A. 

      Fifteenth Amendment

    • B. 

      Voting rights act

    • C. 

      Motor voter act

    • D. 

      Thirteenth amendment

    • E. 

      Civil rights act

  • 15. 
    In which of the following cases is a congressional candidate most likely to be elected?
    • A. 

      If he or she has a good television presence

    • B. 

      When a state has just gained seats due to reapportionment

    • C. 

      If he or she is new to politics

    • D. 

      After a critical election for the presidency

    • E. 

      If he or she is an incumbent

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is true of iron traingles?
    • A. 

      An iron triangle is composed of the president, the speaker of the House and the chief justice.

    • B. 

      Iron triangles inhibit the policy process by interfering with the debate of a piece of legislation.

    • C. 

      Iron triangles help unify the three branches of government in pursuit of a single, clear policy agenda.

    • D. 

      Iron triangles help advance legislation and implementation in a particular policy area.

    • E. 

      Iron traingles rarely form in government at the federal level because they lack sufficient resources for sustainability

  • 17. 
    An environmental lobby would be LEAST likely to exert its influence by meeting with a
    • A. 

      Federal judge hearing a case on the constutionality of an environmental regulation

    • B. 

      Member of the house committee that authorizes money for the building power plants

    • C. 

      Staff member of the Environment Protection agency.

    • D. 

      Newspaper in the town where environmental laws were being violated.

    • E. 

      Staff member of the White House who is known to be sympathetic to environmental converns.

  • 18. 
    The election of which of the following public officials is funded in part by public money?
    • A. 

      State legislator

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      Senator

    • D. 

      Governor

    • E. 

      State attorney general

  • 19. 
    Many Supreme Court cases of the 1960s involved issues of
    • A. 

      Gender discrimination.

    • B. 

      Economic regulation.

    • C. 

      Constitutional powers of the president.

    • D. 

      Rights of the accused

    • E. 

      Campaign finance reform

  • 20. 
    If the Supreme Court rules that a newly passed law is unconstitutional, Congress can
    • A. 

      Ask the president to appoint new justices.

    • B. 

      Try to amend the Constitution to override the Supreme Court's interpretation.

    • C. 

      Appeal the Court's decision to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    • D. 

      Issue a referendum to allow the public to vote on the Supreme Court's decision.

    • E. 

      Vote to override the Supreme Court's decision.

  • 21. 
    Which of the following factors influence citizens' political socialization?I. ReligionII. EducationIII. IncomeIV. The mediaV. National origin
    • A. 

      II only

    • B. 

      I and III only

    • C. 

      II and IV only

    • D. 

      I,II, and IV only

    • E. 

      II,IV, and V only

  • 22. 
    If the House and Senate pass two different versions of a bill,
    • A. 

      The Senate version has seniority and is sent to the president.

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court chooses the better version.

    • C. 

      The two versions are sent to a conference committee to work out a compromise bill.

    • D. 

      The president has the authority to choose which version he will sign into law.

    • E. 

      Each house must amend its bill and take another vote.

  • 23. 
    One tool that allows the president to sidestep congressional approval of his diplomatic duties is the
    • A. 

      Power to negotiate treaties.

    • B. 

      Authority to enter into executive agreements.

    • C. 

      Ability to send troops into war.

    • D. 

      Freedom to appoint ambassadors.

    • E. 

      Privilege of receiving foreign diplomats.

  • 24. 
    Which of the following is an accurate statement about the caseload of the Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      Only a small portion of cases seeking review are heard by the Supreme Court.

    • B. 

      The Senate Judiciary Committee selects which cases will be placed on the docket.

    • C. 

      Most cases that reach the Supreme Court are appealed from state courts.

    • D. 

      The solicitor general is responsible for assigning cases to the Supreme Court.

    • E. 

      The Supreme Court attempts to hear every case appealed to it.

  • 25. 
    The Supreme Court has extended federal supremacy over state laws through its interpretation of the
    • A. 

      Tenth Amendment.

    • B. 

      Eminent Domain Clause.

    • C. 

      First Amendment.

    • D. 

      Fourteenth Amendment.

    • E. 

      Establishment Clause

  • 26. 
    Which of the following is an incumbent's greatest advantage during an election?
    • A. 

      Automatic endorsement from the president

    • B. 

      A clean political record

    • C. 

      General political experience

    • D. 

      More campaign resources and funding

    • E. 

      A large number of undecided voters in the constituency

  • 27. 
    Television has had which of the following effects on political parties?
    • A. 

      It has helped lower the cost of campaigning, thereby saving the parties money.

    • B. 

      It has forced candidates to rely more heavily on their parties.

    • C. 

      It has caused a decrease in party identification among the electorate.

    • D. 

      It has led to the declining importance of national conventions.

    • E. 

      It has caused party realignement because parties can appeal to new groups in the electorate.

  • 28. 
    The data in the table above supports which of the following statements?
    • A. 

      Spending on congressional campaigns has stabilized.

    • B. 

      There was a particularly high number of open Senate seats in the 2000 election.

    • C. 

      Democrats consistently outspend Republicans in congressional elections.

    • D. 

      Challengers for House seats are at a greater financial advantage than are challengers in senatorial campaigns.

    • E. 

      PACs made the largest contributions to congressional campaigns.

  • 29. 
    Campaigns in 1998 differed most from campaigns in 2000 in which of the following ways?
    • A. 

      Receipts exceeded disbursements in 1998 but not in 2000.

    • B. 

      Races between Democrats and Republicans in both houses were much closer in 1998 than they were in 2000.

    • C. 

      Challengers were more successful in 1998 than they were in 2000.

    • D. 

      Candidates for both houses spent more of their own money in 1998 campaigns than they did in 2000 campaigns.

    • E. 

      House elections in 1998 cost less than did the prior elections, but the 2000 election did not cost less than the campaign before it.

  • 30. 
    Which of the following is a recent trend among voters?
    • A. 

      More people than ever before are turning out to vote.

    • B. 

      More voters are claiming to be conservatives.

    • C. 

      Voters are increasingly deciding who to vote for based on a single issue.

    • D. 

      Voter turnout is increasing among younger Americans.

    • E. 

      More voters are identifying themselves as Independents.

  • 31. 
    Article II of the Constitution grants the president power to do all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Authorize troop movements during war

    • B. 

      Appropriate funds for agencies

    • C. 

      Veto proposed legislation

    • D. 

      Appeal to Congress and make legislative requests in a state of the union adress

    • E. 

      Establish or discontinue relations with foreign governments

  • 32. 
    The Civil Rights Act articulated which of the following?
    • A. 

      The requirement that all public schools desegregate

    • B. 

      A prohibition on states' instituting poll taxes or literacy tests when administering elections

    • C. 

      The illegality of discrimination in employment and public

    • D. 

      The creation of the Justice Department to investigate civil rights violations

    • E. 

      The right of all Americans, regardless of race or gender, to vote in federal elections

  • 33. 
    Which of the following statements accuratly describes the procedure of debate in the House?
    • A. 

      The Rules Committee determines the order in which bills will be heard and the length of debate for each one.

    • B. 

      Representatives who are intoducing a bill are allowed the privilege of unlimited debate.

    • C. 

      The speaker and other party leaders together determine the schedule of debate.

    • D. 

      The minority party is allowed an automatic 10 minutes of debate time to refute legislation introduced by the majority party.

    • E. 

      Only members of the party whose representative introduced the bill are allowed time on the floor to discuss it.