Project Citizen Introduction Quiz

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This quiz will test your knowledge of concepts introduced over pages 1-3 in Project Citizen. Choose the best answer for each item below. Make sure to read each answer option. You may use your notes and your book. There are 15 questions worth 7 points each. Don't forget to put your name in the space provided. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Public policy is:

    • A.

      A law enforcement agency in your area

    • B.

      An agreed-upon way for federal and local governments to fulfill their responsibilities

    • C.

      The Congress

    • D.

      The Executive Branch of the Federal Government

    • E.

      A public resource used as collateral in order to borrow publicly used funds

    Correct Answer
    B. An agreed-upon way for federal and local governments to fulfill their responsibilities
    Explanation
    Public policy refers to a set of principles and guidelines that are agreed upon by federal and local governments. It outlines the approach and actions that these governments should take in order to fulfill their responsibilities towards the public. It is a framework that helps in making decisions, implementing laws, and addressing various issues and challenges faced by society. Public policy ensures that governments work together in a coordinated manner to serve the public interest and achieve common goals.

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  • 2. 

    Federal and local government responsibility can be fulfilled by:

    • A.

      Protecting people's rights

    • B.

      Forcing citizens to work for free

    • C.

      Protecting general citizen welfare and safety

    • D.

      Both A and B apply

    • E.

      Both A and C apply

    Correct Answer
    E. Both A and C apply
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Both A and C apply." This means that federal and local government responsibility can be fulfilled by both protecting people's rights and protecting general citizen welfare and safety. This implies that the government should ensure that individuals' rights are upheld and that the overall well-being and safety of the citizens are safeguarded.

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  • 3. 

    Citizens have the right to:

    • A.

      Say what is wrong in a community

    • B.

      Say what they think the community needs

    • C.

      Try and influence policy-maker decisions

    • D.

      Offer solutions to community problems

    • E.

      All of the above apply

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above apply
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above apply." This is because citizens have the right to express their opinions and concerns about what is wrong in their community, voice their ideas and suggestions for the needs of the community, attempt to influence the decisions made by policy-makers, and provide solutions to community problems. These rights are essential for citizen participation and engagement in the democratic process.

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  • 4. 

    In our school community, the ______________ establishes public policy as it relates to education:

    • A.

      Town council of Standish

    • B.

      The RSU oversight committee of the State of Maine

    • C.

      The MSAD #6 School Board of Directors

    • D.

      Both A and C apply

    • E.

      Both B and C apply

    Correct Answer
    C. The MSAD #6 School Board of Directors
    Explanation
    The MSAD #6 School Board of Directors establishes public policy as it relates to education in our school community. The town council of Standish and the RSU oversight committee of the State of Maine may have some influence or involvement in education, but the ultimate authority and responsibility lie with the MSAD #6 School Board of Directors. Therefore, both options A and C apply.

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  • 5. 

    We will try to influence public policy in MSAD #6 by first:

    • A.

      Examining low ropes courses throughout the Southern Maine region

    • B.

      Paddling down the Saco River in October

    • C.

      Doing a cost research exercise on low ropes elements

    • D.

      Investigating what contractors need to build for us and what we can build ourselves

    • E.

      Identifying a need (or problem) in the community: what will a low ropes course do for our community. What need will it address?

    Correct Answer
    E. Identifying a need (or problem) in the community: what will a low ropes course do for our community. What need will it address?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is identifying a need (or problem) in the community: what will a low ropes course do for our community. What need will it address? This answer is correct because before trying to influence public policy in MSAD #6, it is important to first identify a need or problem in the community that a low ropes course can address. By understanding the specific need that the course will fulfill, it becomes easier to develop strategies and policies that will effectively address that need and benefit the community.

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  • 6. 

    The first really big hurdle or critical action to move us forward in the Low Ropes Course Expedition is:

    • A.

      The Camp Ketcha Field Trip of September 25

    • B.

      The Saco River Overnight Trip

    • C.

      The November 16 MSAD #6 Board of Directors Meeting

    • D.

      Our Riverview Partnership

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. The November 16 MSAD #6 Board of Directors Meeting
  • 7. 

    To participate effectively in the community, citizens need to know:

    • A.

      What governmental agencies are responsible for certain things in the community

    • B.

      What a Democrat is

    • C.

      How to write letters to the editor

    • D.

      What an Independent is

    • E.

      What a Republican is

    Correct Answer
    A. What governmental agencies are responsible for certain things in the community
    Explanation
    To participate effectively in the community, citizens need to know what governmental agencies are responsible for certain things in the community. This knowledge is essential as it helps citizens understand the structure and functioning of their local government. By knowing which agencies are responsible for specific tasks, citizens can direct their concerns, inquiries, or suggestions to the appropriate authorities. This understanding also enables citizens to hold these agencies accountable for their actions and make informed decisions about community issues. Overall, knowledge of governmental agencies' responsibilities is crucial for active and engaged citizenship.

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  • 8. 

    In order to express opinions clearly and influence policy makers effectively, Hollis Learning Center students must decide:

    • A.

      Which group in the school system deals with what problems or issues

    • B.

      Which town decision-makers need to be informed and interviewed

    • C.

      What Hollis Learning Center students will take on what roles and tasks

    • D.

      What information is needed to propose possible courses of action to realize our Expedition goals

    • E.

      All of the above apply

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above apply
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above apply" because in order to express opinions clearly and influence policy makers effectively, Hollis Learning Center students must consider all the mentioned factors. They need to decide which group in the school system deals with what problems or issues, identify the town decision-makers who need to be informed and interviewed, determine the roles and tasks that Hollis Learning Center students will take on, and gather the necessary information to propose possible courses of action to achieve their Expedition goals. All these factors are crucial in expressing opinions and influencing policy makers effectively.

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  • 9. 

    The person(s) we would most likely want to talk to and work with regarding the actual placement of the elements on Jack Memorial grounds would be:

    • A.

      The Maintenance and Facilities Director who knows where boundary markers and underground objects like leach fields might be

    • B.

      The MSAD #6 School Board Facilities Committee Chairperson who works with the entire Board to set facilities policies

    • C.

      The Assistant superintendent/Business Manager of MSAD #6 who has current maps of the location and can help us with cost estimates

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is all of the above. We would want to talk to the Maintenance and Facilities Director to understand the location of boundary markers and underground objects. The MSAD #6 School Board Facilities Committee Chairperson can provide insights on facilities policies that may impact the placement of elements. The Assistant Superintendent/Business Manager of MSAD #6 can provide current maps and assist with cost estimates. Therefore, all of these individuals would be valuable in determining the placement of elements on Jack Memorial grounds.

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  • 10. 

    The third stage or phase of influencing public policy decisions is:

    • A.

      Propose and Develop Your Own Public Policy

    • B.

      Gather and Evaluate Information

    • C.

      Identify the Problem (or Need)

    • D.

      Examine Alternative Policies

    • E.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    A. Propose and Develop Your Own Public Policy
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Propose and Develop Your Own Public Policy." This stage involves formulating and creating a public policy proposal based on the identified problem or need. It requires conducting research, analyzing data, and considering various alternatives before developing a comprehensive policy plan. This stage is crucial as it allows individuals or organizations to actively participate in the policy-making process by presenting their own ideas and solutions to address the identified issue.

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  • 11. 

    It is best to propose your public policy:

    • A.

      In writing

    • B.

      Orally

    • C.

      With a slide show and inspiring music

    • D.

      A lot of unanswered questions and blank stares

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Orally
    Explanation
    An oral proposal for public policy is considered the best approach because it allows for direct communication and engagement with the audience. By presenting the proposal orally, the speaker can convey their ideas, intentions, and passion effectively, capturing the attention and interest of the listeners. This method also allows for immediate interaction, feedback, and clarification of any doubts or concerns. Additionally, oral presentations enable the speaker to use non-verbal cues, such as body language and tone of voice, to further emphasize their message and create a lasting impact on the audience.

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  • 12. 

    It would be most effective and highly favorable to have ____________ present the public policy "portfolio" on November 16th.

    • A.

      Students

    • B.

      Teachers

    • C.

      The Facilities Director

    • D.

      The Business Manager

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Students
    Explanation
    Having students present the public policy "portfolio" on November 16th would be most effective and highly favorable because it would provide an opportunity for them to showcase their understanding of public policy and demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate and present information. Additionally, involving students in such activities promotes their engagement and active participation in the decision-making processes, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility towards public policy issues.

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  • 13. 

    The four parts of the Public policy Portfolio include all EXCEPT:

    • A.

      What we have learned

    • B.

      What are some alternatives

    • C.

      What public policy we have selected to address the identified need

    • D.

      Our plan to get it done

    • E.

      Mistakes we have made along the way

    Correct Answer
    E. Mistakes we have made along the way
    Explanation
    The four parts of the Public policy Portfolio include what we have learned, what are some alternatives, what public policy we have selected to address the identified need, and our plan to get it done. These components are essential for a comprehensive public policy portfolio as they cover the analysis of the problem, exploration of alternative solutions, selection of the most suitable policy, and the implementation plan. However, the mistakes we have made along the way are not included in the portfolio as they are not considered as part of the formal documentation of the policy process.

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  • 14. 

    A resource to help us construct our Public Policy Portfolio would be:

    • A.

      Camp Ketcha

    • B.

      Riverview Foundation (Carlos and Company)

    • C.

      Mr. Ellis, the Maintenance and Facilities Director

    • D.

      Mr. Yarumian, a land surveyor from Buxton

    • E.

      All of the above would apply as a resource

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above would apply as a resource
    Explanation
    All of the mentioned options would be applicable as resources for constructing the Public Policy Portfolio. Camp Ketcha can provide valuable insights and data on outdoor recreational policies, Riverview Foundation can offer information on community development and funding opportunities, Mr. Ellis, the Maintenance and Facilities Director, can provide expertise on infrastructure and maintenance policies, and Mr. Yarumian, the land surveyor, can contribute knowledge on land use and zoning policies. Therefore, all of these options can be utilized as resources for constructing the Public Policy Portfolio.

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  • 15. 

    Who is most responsible for your own learning:

    • A.

      The teachers at HLC

    • B.

      I am

    • C.

      The facilitators at the low ropes sites we will visit

    • D.

      The Board of Directors of MSAD #6

    • E.

      Coach

    Correct Answer
    B. I am
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I am." This answer suggests that the individual themselves are primarily responsible for their own learning. It implies that they have the agency and control over their own education and that they play a crucial role in actively engaging in the learning process. It emphasizes the importance of self-motivation, self-discipline, and taking ownership of one's own learning journey.

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