The Electoral College: Preview Quiz

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We will be starting the election next week, covering the powers of the President, the biographies of the two men running, and issues research. To get you ready, and to save us some time in class, watch the embedded video and answer some questions. There is also a link to an article if the video goes too quickly for you. Article: http://www. Time. Com/time/nation/article/0,8599,55439,00. H tml


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When you vote for President, who are you voting for?
    • A. 

      The person running for office.

    • B. 

      Your member of Congress, who will vote for you.

    • C. 

      An "elector," who will then vote for the President in December.

    • D. 

      Who knows?

  • 2. 
    How are the electors divided up?
    • A. 

      There is one elector for every 574,000 Americans.

    • B. 

      Each state gets the number of electors that it has members of Congress (House and Senate combined)

    • C. 

      Electors are divided up evenly by population of the states. That is why California has the msot.

    • D. 

      There is no system. They are divided up randomly.

  • 3. 
    Do electors HAVE to pick the President they are told to vote for?
    • A. 

      No. They can pick whoever they want, but they almost always go with who they told to vote for.

    • B. 

      Yes. They go to jail if they change their vote.

    • C. 

      Yes, because they will receive a fine if they don't.

    • D. 

      Electors don't vote for the President, silly.

  • 4. 
    Which state has the most electors?
    • A. 

      Vermont

    • B. 

      Massachusetts

    • C. 

      Texas

  • 5. 
    Which Americans do not get to vote for the President?
    • A. 

      People living in Washington D.C.

    • B. 

      Women

    • C. 

      Americans living in other countries

    • D. 

      Americans living in the territories, like Guam and Puerto Rico

  • 6. 
    A President could be elected with fewer actual votes if he wins enough states to win the electoral college.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    How many "electors" does one need to win the Presidency?
    • A. 

      538

    • B. 

      270

    • C. 

      100

    • D. 

      13,000,000

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