U. S. Government. Covers Chapters 5-9

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Unit 2 practice test for U. S. Government. Covers Chapters 5-9 


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The definition of politics is
    • A. 

      The debate between interest groups

    • B. 

      The process of making public policy

    • C. 

      The media's interpretation of public opinion

    • D. 

      Arguments over party platforms

  • 2. 
    What is generally considered to be the most important function of political parties?
    • A. 

      Spoiler effect

    • B. 

      Raising money

    • C. 

      Nominating candidates

    • D. 

      Setting the public agenda

  • 3. 
    Suffrage means
    • A. 

      The right to vote

    • B. 

      The right to abstain from voting

    • C. 

      The work a group must do in order to be allowed to vote

    • D. 

      People who cannot vote

  • 4. 
    Minor parties are important in politics because
    • A. 

      They take large amounts of money from the major parties

    • B. 

      They can persuade candidates to switch parties

    • C. 

      They often introduce new or revolutionary ideas

    • D. 

      They often win elections making the major parties re-think their platforms

  • 5. 
    The Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, and 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to
    • A. 

      Enforce the 15th amendment

    • B. 

      Make it more difficult for African-Americans to register to vote

    • C. 

      Give women the right to vote

    • D. 

      Create a new political system

  • 6. 
    Which of the following where used to keep African-Americans from voting before the late 1950's ?
    • A. 

      Violence, threats, literacy test, poll taxes

    • B. 

      Violence, threats, federal laws

    • C. 

      Jim Crow laws, state laws, national guard

    • D. 

      Threats, the U.S. Constitution, State laws

  • 7. 
    Who determines voter qualifications?
    • A. 

      The U.S. Constitution

    • B. 

      States with some limits set by the U.S. Constitution

    • C. 

      State law

    • D. 

      Federal law

  • 8. 
    Every state in the U.S uses the following to determine voter qualification
    • A. 

      Age, education, religion

    • B. 

      Age, citizenship, registration

    • C. 

      Age, citizenship, residency

    • D. 

      Age citizenship, religion

  • 9. 
    Which group is disenfranchised even if they meet their states basic requirements for voting?
    • A. 

      People who are illiterate

    • B. 

      People who cannot speak

    • C. 

      People who have been declared legally incompetent

    • D. 

      People who can't name the candidates for the office for which they are voting

  • 10. 
    Three factors that generally increase the chances of a person voting are
    • A. 

      Elderly, live in a rural area, spouse still living

    • B. 

      Community involvement, over 35, urban area residency

    • C. 

      Young, white, female

    • D. 

      Feeling a high degree political efficacy, urban resident, low income

  • 11. 
    Three factors that generally decrease the chances of a person voting are
    • A. 

      Minority ethnic identification, community involvement, distrust in politics

    • B. 

      Rural residency, low income, feeling a high degree of political efficacy

    • C. 

      Minority identification, limited education, low income

    • D. 

      Urban residency , female, professional occupation

  • 12. 
    What is a feeling of political efficacy
    • A. 

      Knowledge that you are part of politics

    • B. 

      Understanding the political system

    • C. 

      The belief that voting is patriotic

    • D. 

      A feeling that you have the ability to make a difference in the political system

  • 13. 
    In 1800 you had to be what in order to vote in the U.S.
    • A. 

      White, male, have a grandfather that went to the constitutional convention, be over 24

    • B. 

      White, male, property owner, christian

    • C. 

      White, male, have children, pay taxes

    • D. 

      White, male, property owner

  • 14. 
    In 1810 what voting restriction was removed?
    • A. 

      Religious tests

    • B. 

      Race

    • C. 

      Property ownership

    • D. 

      Gender

  • 15. 
    In 1920, with passage of the 19th amendment who gained the right to vote?
    • A. 

      African-Americans

    • B. 

      Hispanics

    • C. 

      Women

    • D. 

      Immigrants from Ireland

  • 16. 
    By 1850 what voting qualification had been removed?
    • A. 

      Slave ownership

    • B. 

      Property ownership

    • C. 

      Gender

    • D. 

      Religion

  • 17. 
    What amendment was passed in 1870?
    • A. 

      14th amendment

    • B. 

      13th amendment

    • C. 

      15th amendment

    • D. 

      19th amendment

  • 18. 
    The 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution bans which kind of voting discrimination
    • A. 

      Socioeconomic

    • B. 

      Racial

    • C. 

      Gender

    • D. 

      Religious

  • 19. 
    18 years old became the oldest age that states could set as the minimum voting age in what year with what amendment?
    • A. 

      1971, 26th amendment

    • B. 

      1961, 23rd amendment

    • C. 

      1965, 21st amendment

    • D. 

      1970, 25th amendment

  • 20. 
    The two parts of the electoral process are
    • A. 

      Self-announcement and primaries

    • B. 

      Elections and petitions

    • C. 

      Primaries and general elections

    • D. 

      Elections and nominations

  • 21. 
    Which of the following in not a valid nomination process?
    • A. 

      Primary

    • B. 

      Self assessment

    • C. 

      Convention

    • D. 

      Caucus

  • 22. 
    A caucus is
    • A. 

      A small select group

    • B. 

      A large group of popularly selected delegates

    • C. 

      A whole political party

    • D. 

      A document showing support for a candidate

  • 23. 
    In the U.S. we believe that in order for democracy to continue elections must be
    • A. 

      Free, without flaw, and easily understood

    • B. 

      Free, fair, and accurate

    • C. 

      Taxed, fair, accurate

    • D. 

      Completely transparent and without secret ballots

  • 24. 
    Which of the following is not eligible to give directly to a candidates campaign?
    • A. 

      Wealthy people (fat cats)

    • B. 

      Individuals who work for corporations

    • C. 

      Special interest groups

    • D. 

      Businesses and corporations

  • 25. 
    Corporations can spend as much as they like campaigning for or against a candidate or a policy
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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