Practice Quiz - Political Parties

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US Political Party Quizzes & Trivia

Here's a practice quiz for Political Parties from SB Ch. 7NOTE: This one does NOT contain any questions from Carney.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Political parties act as a link between the public and the government. Which of the following events brought about a change in the political system?
    • A. 

      Start of Revolutionary war (or War of Independence) in 1776

    • B. 

      End of Civil War in 1865

    • C. 

      End of World War II in 1945

    • D. 

      Start of Cold War in 1945

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    The U.S. has had a two party system consisting of _________ and _________ ever since the major change in the political system.
    • A. 

      Democrats; Republicans

    • B. 

      Democrats; Green

    • C. 

      Republicans; Libertarian

    • D. 

      Green; Libertarian

    • E. 

      Democrats; Jefferson Republican

  • 3. 
    A plurality is ____________________.
    • A. 

      More than a majority, and the most votes

    • B. 

      Less than a majority, but the most votes

    • C. 

      Less than a majority, and not necessarily the most votes, either.

    • D. 

      More than a majority, but can be less votes

    • E. 

      More than a majority, and the votes do not count

  • 4. 
    Because the two major parties usually win elections, minor parties are often referred to as ________ parties.
    • A. 

      "Neutral"

    • B. 

      "Third"

    • C. 

      "Invisible"

    • D. 

      "Trivial"

    • E. 

      "Inconsequential"

  • 5. 
    Most exceptions to the major party domination of U.S. election occur at the _______ and _____ levels; Jesse Venture, representing the Reform Party recently won by defeating a popular and well respected Republican and Democrat.
    • A. 

      State; local

    • B. 

      Local; special district

    • C. 

      Federal; state

    • D. 

      Federal; local

    • E. 

      Federal; special district

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      They bring new issues to the political agenda.

    • B. 

      They serve as a safety valve for the expression of protest with those dissatisfied with the two major parties.

    • C. 

      They can determine the outcome of a particular election by "spoiler effect".

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    What is a "spoiler effect"?
    • A. 

      A method to ruin the other parties' campaign, such as running propaganda.

    • B. 

      A method to prevent majority party from winning an election when results are close.

    • C. 

      A method to speed up the election process by eliminating any unnecessary campaign.

    • D. 

      A method to "spoil" the election, such as altering the vote counts.

    • E. 

      A method to confuse the voters by nominating random candidates.

  • 8. 
    In the last three decades, major crisis such as Watergate and the Clinton impeachment have ________ major party loyalty while _________ the number of independents.
    • A. 

      Increased; stabilizing

    • B. 

      Decreased; increasing

    • C. 

      Increased; decreasing

    • D. 

      Stabilized; decreasing

    • E. 

      Stabilized; increasing