AP Test: U.S. Government And Politics! Trivia Quiz

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AP Test: U.S. Government And Politics! Trivia Quiz

Below is a comprehensive AP test on the US government and politics. There are a set of rules and procedures that those in politics are expected to follow even when they are in government. This quiz is perfect for any of you who is willing to learn about our government. Don’t be scared; press the start button. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Ratification of the constitution was done by
    • A. 

      Majority vote of the delegates at the constitutional convention

    • B. 

      The state legislatures approving the document

    • C. 

      The voters in each state casting open ballots

    • D. 

      Special conventions in each state

  • 2. 
    Only the national government is allowed to
    • A. 

      Regulate commerce with foreign nations

    • B. 

      Take private property for public purposes

    • C. 

      Levy taxes

    • D. 

      Make and enforce laws

  • 3. 
    When the articles of confederation were adopted, the nation's major concern was dominated by
    • A. 

      Economic issues

    • B. 

      Equality for women

    • C. 

      Religious freedom

    • D. 

      Political dominance by the central government

  • 4. 
    Which of the following provisions of the Republican Contract with America addresses the issue of federalism?
    1. term limits constitutional amendment
    2. balance budget constitutional amendment
    3. welfare reform act
    • A. 

      1 and 2

    • B. 

      2 and 3

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      2

  • 5. 
    Politics is defined as
    • A. 

      Conflict in society

    • B. 

      Who gets what, when, and how

    • C. 

      The resolution of conflict in a way that serves the public

    • D. 

      The course of action to solve a problem

  • 6. 
    The power to directly regulate drinking ages, marriage and divorce, and sexual behavior and the like has been granted...
    • A. 

      To the president

    • B. 

      To the national government

    • C. 

      To both the state and national governments

    • D. 

      To state governments

  • 7. 
    In _______ federalism, the powers and policy assignments of different levels of government are like a marble cake, with mingles responsibilities and blurred distinctions between layers of government.
    • A. 

      Mixed

    • B. 

      Fiscal

    • C. 

      Tripartite

    • D. 

      Cooperative

  • 8. 
    Which of the following theories contends that our society is divided along class lines and that a narrow upper-class state rules regardless of the formal organization of government?
    • A. 

      Hyper pluralist

    • B. 

      Egalitarian

    • C. 

      Pluralist

    • D. 

      Elite

  • 9. 
    All of the following are examples of how federalism decentralizes our policies EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Funding of educations

    • B. 

      Regulation of abortion

    • C. 

      Death penalty

    • D. 

      Federal income tax

  • 10. 
    The supremacy clause of the constitution states that all of the following are the supreme law of the land, EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Laws of the national government (when consistent with the constitution)

    • B. 

      The united states constitution

    • C. 

      State constitutions

    • D. 

      Treates of the national government (when consistent with the constitution)

  • 11. 
    Which of the following principles is most fundamental to democratic theory?
    • A. 

      Free elections and universal suffrage

    • B. 

      Minority rule

    • C. 

      Universal public education

    • D. 

      A written constitution

  • 12. 
    Which of the following federal policies exemplifies the implied powers of congress?
    • A. 

      Income tax

    • B. 

      The provision of any army and a navy

    • C. 

      Environmental protection law

    • D. 

      The regulation of interstate commerce

  • 13. 
    Which of the following are considered linkage institutions?
    1. congress
    2. political parties
    3. the media
    4. the courts
    • A. 

      1 and 2

    • B. 

      1,2, and 3

    • C. 

      2 and 3

    • D. 

      All

  • 14. 
    The main instrument the national government use to influence the state governments is
    • A. 

      Grants-in-aid

    • B. 

      Judicial review

    • C. 

      The tenth amendment

    • D. 

      Mandates

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      All of these

    • B. 

      Provide for elite control, endanger liberty, and weaken the states

    • C. 

      Produce more democratic elements than desirable for a strong central government

    • D. 

      Promote pluralism, which would threaten liberty

  • 16. 
    The principal type of federal aide for states and localities is
    • A. 

      Urban renewal grants

    • B. 

      Block grants

    • C. 

      Disaster loans

    • D. 

      Categorical grants

  • 17. 
    • A. 

      Congress not being allowed to pass ex post facto laws

    • B. 

      The prohibitions of passage of bills of attainder laws

    • C. 

      The reserved power clause of the tenth amendment

    • D. 

      The inability of the president to grant titles of nobility

  • 18. 
    Pluralistic theory contends that in the US
    • A. 

      Too many influential groups cripple government's ability to govern

    • B. 

      The many members of congress dominate a sigular offical such as the president

    • C. 

      Because most citizens fail to pay attention to serious issues, government has become an elite institution

    • D. 

      Many groups vie for power with no one set of groups dominating

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is the best example of a right of the minority
    • A. 

      The practice of one person, one vote

    • B. 

      Protection against double jeopardy

    • C. 

      Freedom to circulate pamphlets

    • D. 

      Equal access to public education

  • 20. 
    How did the antifederalists differ from the federalists?
    • A. 

      The anty federalists believed that a strong central government would be too distant from the people

    • B. 

      The anti federalists had a more positive view of human nature

    • C. 

      The anti federalists were opposed to representative democracy

    • D. 

      The anti federalists wanted a stronger central government

  • 21. 
    All of the following supreme court cases dealt with the issue of federalism EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Barron v baltimore

    • B. 

      Marbury v. madison

    • C. 

      Gibbons v ogden

    • D. 

      Fletcher v. peck

  • 22. 
    The conneticut compromise at the sontitutional convention
    • A. 

      Resolved the impasse between those who favored the new jersey plan and those who preferred the virginia plan

    • B. 

      Added the bill of rights to the constitution in order to lessen concern about too much power for the new government

    • C. 

      Settled the dispute over whether slavery should be allowed in the final constitution

    • D. 

      Threw out the idea of having a monarchy in the united states, optin instead for an indirectly elected president

  • 23. 
    The arrangement by which individuals gane power through competition for the people's vote is called
    • A. 

      Representative democracy

    • B. 

      Free market economy

    • C. 

      Participatory democracy

    • D. 

      Democratic centralism

  • 24. 
    In evalutating american democracy, hyperpluralistrs
    • A. 

      Claim that too many influential groups cripple government's ablitity to govern

    • B. 

      Claim that competing groups bying for power make for gereally efficient, honest government

    • C. 

      Claim that society is governed solely by an upper class elite

    • D. 

      Believe that the public interest is nearly always translated into public policy in the united states

  • 25. 
    The constitutino's provision that congress has the right to "make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution" its pwers is oftern referred to as the
    • A. 

      Heart of fiscal federalism

    • B. 

      Elastic clause

    • C. 

      Unwritten amendment

    • D. 

      Privileges and immunities