Tests Your Knowledge On The American Political Scene History

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Tests Your Knowledge On The American Political Scene History

Politics is part of the human setting that has been in existence for years. However, the history is broad and hard to grasp. This quiz tests your knowledge on the American Political scene history. Take up the challenge and see how much you know.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Political action committees were created by campaign reform laws to
    • A. 

      Involve the public more directly in presidential campaigns

    • B. 

      Regulate how groups such as business and labor contribute to campaigns

    • C. 

      Finance challengers' campaigns to eliminate the advantages of incumbency

    • D. 

      Pay for for candidates' air time because it has become the most expensive feature in a campaign

    • E. 

      Limit the influence of political parties over election outcomes

  • 2. 
    All of the following are examples of the system of checks and balances EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The president's power to veto

    • B. 

      Congress' confirmation of presidential appointments

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court's power of judicial review

    • D. 

      Congress' authority to impeach the president

    • E. 

      The president's control over the budget

  • 3. 
    Most of the cases that reach the Supreme Court do so through
    • A. 

      Congressional approval

    • B. 

      Certiorari appeals from lower federal courts

    • C. 

      Review and selection by the solicitor general

    • D. 

      Original jurisdiction

    • E. 

      Assignments by the president

  • 4. 
    Which of the following generalizations is supported by the information in the chart above?
    • A. 

      Nonconnected PACs grew in number more sharply between 1980 and 2001 than any other kind of PAC

    • B. 

      The most dramatic change in the number if PACs occurred between 1985 and 1990

    • C. 

      There are only a few cooperative PACs because these are the most difficult type to meet the approval of the Federal Election Commission

    • D. 

      Business PACs spend the most money on congressional elections

    • E. 

      All types of PACs have increased in number dramatically since 1980

  • 5. 
    The government began to pursue civil rights in the 1950s when
    • A. 

      Congress passed the Voting Rights Act

    • B. 

      Civil rights activists marched on Washington to demand government action

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court declared public school segregation unconstitutional

    • D. 

      States agreed to discontinue their use of poll taxes as a means of preventing people from voting

    • E. 

      The president issued an executive order to desegregate all public transportation

  • 6. 
    A president is most likely to advance his proposal in Congress in which of the following ways?
    • A. 

      Denounce on national television members of Congress who oppose the proposal

    • B. 

      Promise a key committee seat to supporters

    • C. 

      Withdraw PAC funding from members of congress who oppose the proposal

    • D. 

      Solicit support from party members to build a coalition

    • E. 

      Run advertisements to win public opinion of the proposal

  • 7. 
    Compared to Democrats, Republicans are more likely to
    • A. 

      Favor social spending

    • B. 

      Pursue union votes

    • C. 

      Attract the votes of women

    • D. 

      Hold conservative views

    • E. 

      Raise taxes

  • 8. 
    Presidents exercise their influence over the ideology of federal courts by
    • A. 

      Trying to appoint only judges who agree with their ideology and political views

    • B. 

      Ordering congress to impeach judges who are too liberal or too conservative

    • C. 

      Demoting judges to lower courts

    • D. 

      Allowing them to hear only those cases on which judges are likely to agree with the president's point of view

    • E. 

      Meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee when they are performing oversight

  • 9. 
    Which of the following statements accurately descirde voting tendencies among groups of the electorate?I. Women are more likely to vote for RepublicansII. Jewish voters overwhelmingly vote for Democratic candidatesIII. Minority groups tend to vote for DemocratsIV. rural voters usually endorse liberal Drmocrats
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      III only

    • C. 

      II and III only

    • D. 

      I and IV only

    • E. 

      I, II, and III only

  • 10. 
    Which of the following groups is most likely to vote in elections?
    • A. 

      People under the age of 21

    • B. 

      Senior citizens

    • C. 

      People without a college degree

    • D. 

      People with no party affiliation

    • E. 

      Men with low-income jobs

  • 11. 
    The Supreme Court asserted which of the following principles in Marybury v. Madison?
    • A. 

      The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees all individual freedoms under state laws

    • B. 

      Freedom of religion is guaranteed, but some religious practices may violate the establishment clause

    • C. 

      Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal goverment can regulate commerce among states

    • D. 

      The exclusionary rule must be upheld in all state court trials

    • E. 

      The Supreme Court has the power to declare laws passed by Congress unconstitutional

  • 12. 
    In the process of political socialization, individuals
    • A. 

      Form their political beliefs

    • B. 

      Participate in a direct democracy

    • C. 

      Attend functions organized by political parties

    • D. 

      Evaluate and select their representatives

    • E. 

      Engage in political protest against a law

  • 13. 
    The failure of the Articles of Confederation and necessity for a new Constitution were made evident by the
    • A. 

      Success of the American Revolution

    • B. 

      Legislature's inability to select a president

    • C. 

      Need for a bicameral legislature

    • D. 

      Governement's inability to subdue Shay's Rebellion

    • E. 

      Excess of centralized power in the national government

  • 14. 
    Voter turnout in the United States is low in part because
    • A. 

      Minority groups still struggle for the right to vote in southern states

    • B. 

      Registering to vote has become more difficult

    • C. 

      Voters see little difference between the platforms of the two parties' candidates

    • D. 

      Man ylow-income people are not able to pass the literacy test required to vote

    • E. 

      Candidates do little to try to attract voters

  • 15. 
    Which of the following statements about the national debt is true?
    • A. 

      The national debt has decreased by 50 percent over the past decade

    • B. 

      The national debt grew significantly as a result of tax cuts and defense spending in the 1980s

    • C. 

      The national debt is a direct result of the Social Security program

    • D. 

      The federal government earns enough in revenues to pay off it's debt each year

    • E. 

      When revenues exceed expenditures, the national debt increases

  • 16. 
    Congress performs legislative oversight over executive departments by
    • A. 

      Hiring and firing department heads

    • B. 

      Determining departments' budget

    • C. 

      Vetoing department proposals

    • D. 

      Issuing impoundment bills

    • E. 

      Coordinating department activities with the president

  • 17. 
    Members of Congress most often vote according to
    • A. 

      Their own policy preferences

    • B. 

      The needs of their consituents

    • C. 

      Their relationship with the president

    • D. 

      Their party affiliation

    • E. 

      The ideology of their geographic region

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is NOT specifically prohibited by the Consitution?
    • A. 

      Gender bias in the workplace

    • B. 

      Self-incrimination

    • C. 

      Slavery

    • D. 

      National religion

    • E. 

      Cruel and unusual punishment

  • 19. 
    Regulatory agencies are most likely to turn to the industries they oversee when they
    • A. 

      Have leaders who need campaign contributions

    • B. 

      Want to deregulate

    • C. 

      Have an unambiguous policy to implement

    • D. 

      Are making budget proposals to Congress

    • E. 

      Are trying to win general public approval

  • 20. 
    The largest federal expenditure is
    • A. 

      National defense

    • B. 

      Public education

    • C. 

      Social Security

    • D. 

      Grants to the states

    • E. 

      Political campaigns

  • 21. 
    Which of the following are true of the data in the table above?I. Entitlements and mandatory spending are the fastest-growing federal expendituresII. Since 1975 it would require congressional action not to spend a majority of federal outlaysIII. The federal governements spends about one-third of its revenues on entitlements and mandatory spendingIV. Payments made toward interest on the national debt typically double every five years
    • A. 

      III only

    • B. 

      I and II only

    • C. 

      II and III only

    • D. 

      III and IV only

    • E. 

      I and IV only

  • 22. 
    The two main responsibilites of congressional committees are
    • A. 

      Making and implementing policies

    • B. 

      Determining the budget and confirming the appointment of federal judges

    • C. 

      Writing guidelines for federal programs and educating the public

    • D. 

      Reviewing proposed legislation and performing legislative oversight

    • E. 

      Suggesting candidates for cabinet positions and writing tax codes

  • 23. 
    All of the following are recent trends in presidential nominations and campaigns EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Declining party identification among voters

    • B. 

      Increasing costs of campaigning

    • C. 

      Decreasing importance of national conventions

    • D. 

      Increasing reliance on PACs to sustain campaigns

    • E. 

      Infrequency of presidential primaries among states

  • 24. 
    Single-issue groups, as opposed to other types of groups, represent people in the electorate who
    • A. 

      Have little political access and influence

    • B. 

      Donate money to political campaigns

    • C. 

      Pressure candidates to be less ambigous about their ideology

    • D. 

      Feel strongly about a certain cause

    • E. 

      Advocate campaign finance reform

  • 25. 
    Presidents have sought to expand their power by
    • A. 

      Joining more interest groups to establish more connections with constituencies

    • B. 

      Appointing party leaders to committee chairs in Congress

    • C. 

      Requesting the use of the line-item veto

    • D. 

      Appealing to Supreme Court justices

    • E. 

      Relying more on the cabinet for advice

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