Practice Exam #5

60 Questions | Total Attempts: 205

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Court Quizzes & Trivia

This exam will be very helpful in preparing for the big exam.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In the Supreme Court case of Mapp v. Ohio, the Court ruled that
    • A. 

      Police acting in good faith, with a legal warrant, may present evidence in court

    • B. 

      The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies to illegal searches

    • C. 

      Searches of criminal suspects are constitutional

    • D. 

      Evidence may be used in cour if the evidence would have been inevitably discovered

    • E. 

      The exclusionary rule does not apply to cases tried in state courts

  • 2. 
    If the United States government were to be sued, to which court(s) would those seeking damages take their case to be heard?
    • A. 

      U.S. District Courts

    • B. 

      U.S. Supreme Court

    • C. 

      U.S. Court of Appeals

    • D. 

      U.S. Tax Court

    • E. 

      U.S. Court of Claims

  • 3. 
    What method of floor vote is used in the passage of a bill in both houses of Congress?I.    Voice VoteII.    standing voteIII.   roll-call voteIV.   teller voteV.   electronic vote
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      II only

    • C. 

      III only

    • D. 

      I, II, III

    • E. 

      IV and V only

  • 4. 
    A constitutional duty of the vice president is to
    • A. 

      Work with the Supreme Court on constitutional issues

    • B. 

      Presides over the Senate and break tie votes

    • C. 

      Balance the ticket

    • D. 

      Preside over the House of Representatives and break tie votes

    • E. 

      Issue directives, on the president's order, to the political parties

  • 5. 
    The United States Constitution has been amended
    • A. 

      27 times

    • B. 

      26 times

    • C. 

      17 times

    • D. 

      Originally only ten times including the Bill of Rights

    • E. 

      28 times

  • 6. 
    The first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States was
    • A. 

      Sandra Day O'Connor

    • B. 

      Ruther Bader Ginsburg

    • C. 

      Barbara Jordan

    • D. 

      Jeannette Rankin

    • E. 

      Geraldine Ferraro

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is a function that political parties are expeted to perform?I.   Nominate candidates for officeII.  Polically educate the electorateIII. create a sense of centralized responsibilityIV.Maintain the separation of powers in government
    • A. 

      I and III only

    • B. 

      I, II, III, and IV

    • C. 

      III and IV only

    • D. 

      I, II, and III only

    • E. 

      I only

  • 8. 
    Regulating securties, financial markets, and investment companies, and prohibiting fraud and dishonest investment practices would be the major functions of which of the following independent regulatory agencies?
    • A. 

      The Federal Reserve

    • B. 

      Federal Trade Commission

    • C. 

      Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    • D. 

      Securities and Exchange Commission

    • E. 

      Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • 9. 
    Which of the following would be a true statement if a presidnetial election had to be decided by the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      Each member of the House is allowed one vote.

    • B. 

      Each state's delegation casts one vote.

    • C. 

      Only the speaker votes.

    • D. 

      The House votes as a single unit.

    • E. 

      The House Rules Committee makes the decision.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is most accurate regarding interest groups?
    • A. 

      Interest groups always provide accurate and concise information.

    • B. 

      Some interest groups have influence that is not proportional to their size.

    • C. 

      Interest groups attempt to control government.

    • D. 

      Interest groups are well financed.

    • E. 

      Interest groups undermine the goals of the American political system.

  • 11. 
    The Necessary and Proper Clause found in Article I, Secion 8 of the United States Constitution is also known as the
    • A. 

      Elastic clause

    • B. 

      Expressed clause

    • C. 

      Implied clause

    • D. 

      The general practice clause of Congress

    • E. 

      Congressional clause

  • 12. 
    Which of the following is a qualification required in order to be president of the United States?
    • A. 

      Naturalized citizen

    • B. 

      30 years of age

    • C. 

      Natural born citizen

    • D. 

      Previous experience in government

    • E. 

      Resident of the United States for at least nine years

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is the best definition of the political socialization?
    • A. 

      Individuals playing different political roles in society

    • B. 

      Individuals with diverse beliefs about public policy

    • C. 

      Individuals with diverse sets of balues and beliefs about public policy

    • D. 

      Individuals acquiring their differing beliefs and political orientation

    • E. 

      Individuals defining their political society in relation to their form of government

  • 14. 
    Which of the following is a right that would not be guaranteed to a noncitizen?
    • A. 

      Freedom of speech

    • B. 

      Freedom of religion

    • C. 

      Freedom of press

    • D. 

      Right to an attorney

    • E. 

      Freedom to move about the country

  • 15. 
    In order for a case to be heard in the Supreme Court of the United States, a consensus must be reached among the justices. This agreement is known as:
    • A. 

      A write of certiorari

    • B. 

      A precedent

    • C. 

      Amicus curiae

    • D. 

      "the rule of four"

    • E. 

      A certificate

  • 16. 
    Which of the following would be a true statement regarding judicial review and the power of the court to declare an act of government unconstitutional?
    • A. 

      Only federal courts hold this power.

    • B. 

      All federal courts and most state courts hold this power.

    • C. 

      All federal courts and all state courts hold this power

    • D. 

      Most federal courts and most state courts hold this power

    • E. 

      Only the SUpreme Court of the United States holds this power.

  • 17. 
    The executive department charged with the administration of the largest entitlement program in the United States is
    • A. 

      Health and Human Services

    • B. 

      Homeland Security

    • C. 

      Veterans Affairs

    • D. 

      Labor

    • E. 

      Education

  • 18. 
    Presidential impeachment
    • A. 

      Requires a majority vote of the Senate for conviction

    • B. 

      Exemplifies the concept of checks and balances.

    • C. 

      Is the removal of a president from office

    • D. 

      Is presided over by the vice president

    • E. 

      Allows the Senate to bring charges against the president.

  • 19. 
    A group of individuals weeking to control government by winning an election and placing a candidate in office would best be described as a(n)
    • A. 

      Caucus

    • B. 

      Policial party

    • C. 

      Interest group

    • D. 

      Political action committee

    • E. 

      Constituency

  • 20. 
    In order to get elected to the Congress, the most significant advantage is
    • A. 

      Incumbency

    • B. 

      An endorsement by a major business or community leader

    • C. 

      Financial support

    • D. 

      Knowledge of the workings of government

    • E. 

      Military service

  • 21. 
    Constitutional amendments may be ratified by
    • A. 

      State conventions called by Congress

    • B. 

      A national convention

    • C. 

      A two-thirds vote of each house of the Congress

    • D. 

      Legislatures of three-fourths of the states

    • E. 

      Legislatures of two-thirds of the states

  • 22. 
    Justices of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts serve for a period of
    • A. 

      25 years

    • B. 

      Time determined by the president

    • C. 

      Life, during good behavior

    • D. 

      Time determined by Congress

    • E. 

      Four years

  • 23. 
    James Madison applied the term "faction" to
    • A. 

      Political parties and interest groups

    • B. 

      Negative members of Congress

    • C. 

      Splinter groups of the executive

    • D. 

      Political parties

    • E. 

      States not willing ot be a part of the federal union

  • 24. 
    The general beliefs that the American public has about politics and policy issues can best be defined as
    • A. 

      Political socialization

    • B. 

      Public policy

    • C. 

      Policy formulation

    • D. 

      Political ideology

    • E. 

      Public opinion

  • 25. 
    Which of the following is NOT a check on the power of the executive branch?
    • A. 

      Executive agreements

    • B. 

      The power of the purse

    • C. 

      Judicial review of executive actions

    • D. 

      Public opinion

    • E. 

      Approval powers over appointments