Political Science Test 4
Traditionalistic political cultrures, according to Daniel Elazar, are typically found in the
Which of the following is the best description of Texas political culture
Texas has mulitple political cultures within its borders
Which of the following does not reflect one of the historic characteristics that make up Texas Political culture?
The strong role of labor unions
Which of the following has traditionally dominated the political culture of Texas?
Houston is found in the Texas
Gulf Coastal Plains
Which city is located in the Great plains of Texas?
The term creative destruction refers to the process by which
the capitalist system undergoes periodic waves of transformation caused by new technologies
Which of the following technological breakthroughs did not help stimulate the cotton industry?
refrigerated storage units
Which of the following did not contribute to the spread of cattle ranching in the 19th century?
the anti grazing position of farm unions
When in Texas History did cattle become big business?
After the Civil War
By 2008, approx. what % of Texans lived on farms or ranches?
Which event occurred at Spindletop, Tx?
Oil was discovered
_____ was the chief economic product of Texas during the early 20th century
The regulation of oil and energy in TX is performed by
The texas railroad commission
Currently, Texas's greatest export is
computers and electronics
What year was the NAFTA agreement signed?
Appeox. what % of the current population of Texas is Hispanic?
Which of the following contributed most to the increase in the population of Texas during 2006?
natural increases of births, in proportion to deaths
Which city in Texas currently has the largest population?
The supremacy clasue of the US Constitution states that
laws passed by the national are supreme over all state laws
Which of the following is not a similarity between the US const. and the Texas Const?
Both const. have a clause providing the legislature with the authority to make all laws necessary and proper to carrying out its expressed powers.
What is the most important difference between the US const. and the state constitutions?
states are subordinate to the federal government
Which of the following is the best definition of a confederation
a system of government in which states maintain their sovereignty
THe majority of delegates of the Convention of 1836 that drafted the constitution for a newly independent Republic of Texas were from
Slave-owning southern states
Under the 1836 Republic of Texas Constitution
Congress was bicameral
Texas became an independent republic in ___ and became part of the US in ____
Which of the following was not part of the annexation agreement between Texas and the US
Texas could not maintain its own army and navy for 25 years
The Texas constitutional convention of 1861 was dominated by
lawyers and slaveholders
Which of the following statements about the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1865 was not true?
Texas had to return to the federal government parts of Oklahoma seized by Texas Confederate soldiers
The Texas Constitution of 1869 was created
by members of the Texas Republican Party
which of the following was not a goal for those writing the Texas Const.?
giving independence to the judiciary by making all judges appointed; instead of elected
Which principle of government is the key to understanding the drafting of the Texas Const. of 1876
the necessity of strong limitations on the authority of state officals
What is the major difference between the bill of rights in the Texas constitution and the US bill of rights
the texas constitution grants to Texans rights that are not found in the US Constitution
WHich of the following describes a significant diff between the structure of the Texas executive department and the structure of the US exec branch?
in Texas,the exec department is made up of several elected offices, instead of just one
Which of the following statements best describes the structure of the Texas legislature
since independence from Mexico, Texas has had a bicameral legislature
Under the Texas constitution, who has the power of impeachment
The HOuse of Rep has the power to impeach while the senate has the power to try and convict
Philosophically the Texas constitution reflects a
distrust of politicians and political power
What is the function of the "local and consent" calendar
It is reserved for uncontroversial bills that are not expected to have major opposition
What is the yearly salary of a Texas Rep?
less than $7500
The agenda for special sessions in the Texas legislature are set by the
What is the main difference between a bill and a resolution?
unlike a bill, a resolution, if passed, lacks the force of a public law
A bill in the Texas legislature that would allow a county to establish a new community college would be classified as a
if the legislature grants a particular corporation an exception from a state law, it is called
a special bill
Which of the following is not a non legislative power of the Texas legislature
the power to overturn state supreme court decisions with a 2/3 majority
Which of the following statements about the Texas legislature is incorrect?
only the senate has the constitutional authority to launch investigations into problems concerning the state
In texas, who can write a bill?
anyone at all
IN texas, why is a governors post-adjournment veto so powerful
it cannot be overturned by the legislature
Which of the following is not a legislative power of the Texas governor?
removing, for suitable cause, the speaker or lieutenant governor?
Why is the comptroller of public accounts so important to the legislature?
the comptroller informs the legislature how much money it has to spend on the budgets
IN the texas house of rep, who has the power to allow members to speak in floor debates?
speaker of the house
Which of the following is neither a duty nor a power of the lieutenant governor in Texas?
the ability to call the Texas Senate into special session
Legislative districts in the Texas House and Senate are
single member districts
Which of the following is not a qualification a person would need to be a viable candidate for governor of Texas?
Born in texas
What is the ultimate check on the governor?
What is the most important funcion on the Texas governors staff?
to keep the governor informed about problems and issues
Which of the following is the best example of the Texas governors exercise of senatorial courtesy?
the governor will not appoint someone to office unless that appointee's state senator agrees
Which of the following is the best example of the Texas governor's military powers?
the governor can declare martial law during a natural disaster
The Texas governor has all of the following legislative powers except the power to
break tie votes in the senate
What is the Texas governors greatest judicial power?
the power to appoint judges to vacancies on the courts
When the texas governors strikes out particular spending provisions in an appropriations bill, it is called
a line item veto
What makes the greatest difference between strong and weak governors of Texas
the differences in personality
Why did the Texas constitution establish a plural executive?
there was suspicion of a strong chief executive
IN Texas, which officer in the plural executive is not elected by voters
the secretary of state
Which of the following about the lieutenant governor in Texas is incorrect
the lieutenant governor is a full member of the Texas Senate
In Texas what is the most important power of the state comptroller
estimating tax revenues for the legislature
Which office is charged with ensuring the accuracy of official weights and measures
the Department of Agriculture
Authority over railroads throughout Texas was given to the ____ in 2005
Texas department of Transportation
The Texas state board of Education is responsible for all of the following except
funding public school districts
What is the purpose of the Sunset Advisory Commission in Texas
it reviews state agencies every 12 years to see if they are still needed