Social Science Final Exam-mr. Dulberg

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50 minute multiple-choice final exam covering Introduction to Government and Introduction to Economics.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why do citizens create a Social Contract?
    • A. 

      To organize society and consent to a form a government

    • B. 

      To set up a business deal

    • C. 

      To elect a president

    • D. 

      To determine what type of economic system a country will adopt

  • 2. 
    Which of the following types of government allows for people to elect someone else to represent their political voice?
    • A. 

      Democracy

    • B. 

      Autocracy

    • C. 

      Oligarchy

    • D. 

      Republic

  • 3. 
    Why did Anti-Federalists disapprove of the Federalists' intentions in the formation of the US Constitution?
    • A. 

      They did not believe political power should be given to a strong national government

    • B. 

      They did not want states to rule themselves

    • C. 

      They disagreed with Presidential term limits

    • D. 

      They did not trust that Congress would be given enough power to regulate commerce

  • 4. 
    What did Thomas Hobbes believe would happen to human beings in a "State of Nature"?
    • A. 

      They would live peacefully and cooperate with each other

    • B. 

      They would live in chaos and only care about themselves

    • C. 

      They would form organized governments to resolve conflict

    • D. 

      They would choose to live alone away from other human beings

  • 5. 
    The power to enforce laws belongs to the which branch of government?
    • A. 

      Executive Branch

    • B. 

      Legislative Branch

    • C. 

      Judicial Branch

    • D. 

      Military Branch

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is an example of "Checks and Balances" in the American political system?
    • A. 

      The President decides he wants to go to war and calls for troops to be deployed

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court decides not to hear an appeal from a lower court

    • C. 

      The Congress overrides a Presidential veto

    • D. 

      The House of Representatives holds a committee hearing to discuss a proposed bill

  • 7. 
    Which of the following beliefs is NOT part of the platform of the Democratic Party?
    • A. 

      Progressive taxes that are higher for wealthier individuals

    • B. 

      Increased social spending on welfare programs

    • C. 

      Making abortion illegal

    • D. 

      Greater environmental protection

  • 8. 
    How do senators differ from representatives?
    • A. 

      Only senators are part of Congress

    • B. 

      Senators represent the entire state instead of a smaller district

    • C. 

      The number of senators is based on the population of the state

    • D. 

      Only senators actually write laws

  • 9. 
    Negotiating with other countries and determining foreign policy is the primary responsibility of:
    • A. 

      The President

    • B. 

      The Speaker of the House

    • C. 

      The Secretary of State

    • D. 

      The Attorney General

  • 10. 
    The most important purpose of a primary is to:
    • A. 

      Determine a political party's nominee for the general election

    • B. 

      Determine public support for a given candidate

    • C. 

      Determine whether or not a candidate has enough money to win a general election

    • D. 

      Determine whether or not voters know enough about each candidate running for office

  • 11. 
    A major difference between Criminal Law and Civil Law is:
    • A. 

      In Civil Law you must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt

    • B. 

      In Criminal Law you can be sued

    • C. 

      Only Criminal Law has a trial by jury

    • D. 

      Only Civil Law deals with legal disputes between two or more parties

  • 12. 
    What is the primary purpose of the Bill of Rights?
    • A. 

      To organize a national government

    • B. 

      To grant specific freedoms to citizens

    • C. 

      To determine powers of Congress and the President

    • D. 

      To help gain American independence from Britain

  • 13. 
    The US Constitution contains all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • B. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      The Preamble

    • D. 

      The Interstate Commerce Clause

  • 14. 
    Freedom of Assembly gives citizens the right to:
    • A. 

      Organize in a group and protest

    • B. 

      Write a petition

    • C. 

      Practice any religion they want

    • D. 

      Vote without fear of discrimination

  • 15. 
    According to the 4th Amendment, if the government wants to search you or your belongings, they must have:
    • A. 

      Reasonable suspicion

    • B. 

      Probable cause

    • C. 

      A Preponderance of evidence

    • D. 

      Guilt beyond a reasonable doubt

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is a DUTY of citizenship?
    • A. 

      Voting

    • B. 

      Serving on a Jury if summoned

    • C. 

      Volunteering for a political campaign

    • D. 

      Protesting

  • 17. 
    Electricity, Gas, and Water are all examples of local:
    • A. 

      Property taxes

    • B. 

      Sole proprietorships

    • C. 

      Interstate commerce

    • D. 

      Utilities

  • 18. 
    What political position does this public official currently hold?
    • A. 

      Governor

    • B. 

      Senator

    • C. 

      Supreme Court Justice

    • D. 

      Mayor

  • 19. 
    The primary purpose of the US Supreme Court is to:
    • A. 

      Hear serious criminal cases that typically involve murder and/or rape

    • B. 

      Settle disagreements between the President and Congress

    • C. 

      Serve as the final court of appeals for state and federal cases

    • D. 

      Enforce laws that are created by the Legislative Branch

  • 20. 
    Belonging to the United Nations is an example of a country practicing this type of foreign policy:
    • A. 

      Isolationism

    • B. 

      Realism

    • C. 

      Interventionism

    • D. 

      Idealism

  • 21. 
    "It [The United Nations] is the nearest thing we have to a representative institution that can address the interests of all states and of all peoples.  Through this universal, indispensable instrument of human progress, states can serve the interests of their citizens by recognizing common interests and pursuing them in unity.  The Nobel Committee wishes to proclaim that the only negotiable route to global peace and cooperation goes by way of the United Nations." --UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001Why does Annan feel that the UN is indispensible to international relations?
    • A. 

      Because it has the world's most powerful army

    • B. 

      Because it allows nations to meet and work together in peace

    • C. 

      Because it has awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize

    • D. 

      Because it ensures world peace

  • 22. 
    Which of the following is a power that belongs solely to state governments?
    • A. 

      Regulating marriages

    • B. 

      Taxing citizens

    • C. 

      Creating Money

    • D. 

      Building roads

  • 23. 
    Why is Mayor Nutter considered part of a strong-mayor plan in Philadelphia local government?
    • A. 

      He is elected by the voters of Philadelphia

    • B. 

      He is chosen by the Philadelphia city council

    • C. 

      His department heads are selected by a Manager of the city

    • D. 

      His political power gives him the authority to hire and fire city council members

  • 24. 
    Card Stacking is a political propaganda technique that involves:
    • A. 

      Showing/Using only facts that support your argument

    • B. 

      Using fear to scare an audience into supporting you

    • C. 

      Using words or phrases that sound appealing and that everyone would agree with

    • D. 

      Attaching negative labels to your opponent

  • 25. 
    How are the numbers shown on this Electoral College map determined?
    • A. 

      States are given a number based on their likelihood to vote Republican or Democrat

    • B. 

      States are given a number based on their total population and representation in Congress

    • C. 

      States are given a number based on how many people turn out to vote in the Presidential Election

    • D. 

      States are given a number based on when they became an official state