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Which of the following is considered a linkage institution?
All of the following are characteristics of politics except:
The passing of laws that serve to further minority rights
Which of the following institutions established in the Constitution make public policy?
The Congress, the president, and the courts
Which of the following best defines a set of institutions linking government, politics, and public policy?
A political system
Which of the following are considered linkage institutions?
Political parties, the media
Which of the following principles describes a philosophy of the Federalist Party?
Federalists believed in a loose construction of the Constitution
All of the following characteristics reflect the reasons why political parties are formed except
People band together because they have smilar income
Which of the following groups examines a candidate's record primarily on specific issues?
All of the following are basic principles of our democracy today EXCEPT a belief in
Which of the following institutions is commonly called the fourth branch of government?
Which of the following principles is most fundamental to democratic theory?
Free elections and universal suffrage
All of the following factors contribute to an enlightened understanding of the electorate EXCEPT
the right to property
Which of the following groups believes that bargaining and compromise are essential to democracy?
Which of the following theories contends that our society is divided along class linse and that a narrow upper-class strata rules regardless of the formal organization of government?
Which statements best reflects what the United States Constitution represents?
The Constitution is a basic framework for the government. The Constitution is an explanation of the way government operates, assigning separate powers to each branch and guaranteeing citizens their rights. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government advocates
Which of the following statements best reflects the political philosophy established after the colonists achieved their independence?
The former colonists believed that the states should become the dominant political and social force
When the Articles of Confederation were adopted, the nation's major concern was dominated by
Which of the following documents represents the first adopted Constitution for the United States?
Articles of Confederation
Which of the following statements best describes the Articles of Confederation?
Domination of the government by the states. A national congress with one house and no executive. No national court system. No ability of the central government to enforce the collection of taxes
Which of the following statements in the Federalist Papers referred to "the most common and durable source of faction"
The unequal distribution of property
Madison believed that in order to prevent a "tyranny of the majority" the new government should include all the following EXCEPT
limiting the president's term of office
Complete the following statement: Even though the representatives to the Constitutional Convention came from different parts of the country and had differing economic status, they were able to agree to:
A series of political compromises. A Republican government for each state. The method to count slaves for representation purposes.
Which statement reflects James Madison's point of view in the Federalist Papers regarding the consequences of unequal distribution of wealth?
The formation of factions. The probability of minority discontent. The development of political parties.
Which fo the following documents created a compromise that led to the formation of a bicameral legislature?
Which of the following statements reflects an action taken by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention?
Outlawing future importing of slaves. Setting a number for counting slaves for representation purposes
The Federalists believed that a nation dominated by factions would lead to
a tyranny of the majority
Which of the following illustrates the effects that the system of checks and balances and separation of powers has on the legislative process?
It can create gridlock. It can encourage political compromise
The Constitution's writers carefully drafted a document that would create
The ability to adapt to changing times
Which of the following governmental bodies is most directly responsible to the electorate?
The House of Representatives
The question of the constitutionality of a term limit for legislators imposed by a state constitution is based on which of the following arguments?
The fact that the Constitution sets the qualifications for congressmen
The practice of judicial review was first established by which of the following actions?
The Supreme Court can declare a congressional act unconstitutional
Which of the following resulted after the Supreme Court made a ruling in Baker v Carr?
The principle of "one man, one vote" was established
All of the following are enumerated powers of the Congress except:
Setting up the first National Bank of the Untied States
The implied power clause in the Constitution has been described as the ability of Congress to take which of the following actions?
Pass an assault weapons ban
In addition to the stated constitutional powers of the president, which of the following roles does he take on?
Acting as head of his political party
Which of the following is the only stated constitutional responsibility of the vice president?
Presiding over the Senate
Which of the following represents a major reason why the electoral college was created?
It would enable a select group of electors to cast the final vote for president and vice president
All of the following represents examples of limited government EXCEPT
the Reserved Power Clause of the Tenth Amendment
All the following represent examples of the use of checks and balances except
Congress passing the Crime Bill after a conference committee made changes
Which of the following actions increases the power of the president?
A greater reliance on the federal government to solve problems
The appointment of Supreme Court justices in the 1980s was characterized by
Bitter confirmation battles over personal and philosophical positions of the nominees
Which of the following represents the theoretical definition of federalism?
A division of power between the federal government and state governments
Advocates of a strong federal system believe in all of the following EXCEPT
Local problems are more suited to solve problems than national leaders
According to the writings of the Federalist Paper, which of the following reflects a major reason for the support of a federal system?
Local governments will maintain their authority and will be able to care for their citizens
All of the following Supreme Court cases dealt with the issue of federalism except
Marbury v Madison
The constitutional provision used in the Supreme Court case McCulloch v Maryland was
The "necessary and proper" clause The Supremacy Clause
The constitutional basis of dual federalism can be found in
The Tenth Amendment
Which general area of policy is generally left up to the states?
Health and welfare
Which general area of policy is generally left up to the central government?
Which kind of federalism best describes an autonomous relationship between the states and the national government?
Layer cake federalism
All of the following are characteristics of marble cake federalism except
The national government exercises its power independently from state governments
Creative federalism of the Great Society was characterized by
Shared costs between the national and state governments, guidelines and rules set down by the federal government
Which historical period represents the introduction of competitive federalism?
The 1970s and 1980s
Which type of federalism is characterized by a pattern of competitive grants?
Which of the following best represnts the components of fiscal federalism?
The passage of funded mandates, the passage of revenue sharing measures, and the passage of categorical grants
An alternative developed by the federal government that places the primary fiscal responsibility on the states was
Which of the following laws was challenged by states because they felt that the federal government imposed an unfair unfunded mandate?
Motor Voter Registration Act of 1993
Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan's vision of new federalism favored
the downsizing of the federal government
Which of the following provisions of the Republican Contract with America addresses the issue of federalism?
Welfare Reform Act, balanced budget constitutional amendment
Which of the following arguments represents the best reason why a bill of rights was added to the Constitution?
Key states insisted on a bill of rights prior to approving the Constitution
Which of the following decisions made by Chief Justice John Marshall's Court established the principle that the Bill of Rights only applied to the federal government?
Barron v Baltimore
The Supreme Court decision Gitlow v New York
Incorporation of the Bill of Rights in state cases was allowed
The establishment clause of the First Amendment speaks of
a wall of separation between church and state
Which of the following Supreme Court cases established the "clear and present danger" doctrine?
Schenck v United States
The terms prior review and prior restraint refer to which of the following constitutional principles?
Freedom of the press
The Lemon test is used to determine if
legislation that deals with religion creates illegal government interference
The principle established by the Supreme Court in the case of Tinker v Des Moines states that
Student rights did not stop at the schoolhouse gates
The principle established in the Supreme Court case of Texas v Johnson was based on
In the case of Mapp v Ohio, the Supreme Court
the exclusionary rule of evidence
Which of the following cases used the Ninth Amendment as a constitutional argument?
Roe v Wade
All of the following steps are part of procedural due process except
A jury made up of different ethnic groups
The intent of the decision made in Miranda v Arizona was
To guarantee due process rights of the accused
The Right to die is an implicit right found in which part of the Constitution
Which of the following historical events advanced the intent of the Fourteenth Amendment?
Civil rights acts
Which of the following judicial principles reduced the impact of the Fourteenth Amendment?
Separate but equal
Which of the following doctrines made the Bill of Rights applicable to the states?
All the following criteria were used to establish the nationalization of the Fourteenth Amendment except
the police power of states
Which of the following represents a legal difference between de facto and de jure segregation?
De jure segregation is illegal based on Supreme Court decisions
Which of the following constitutional provisions has been used to strike down discrimination in public accommodations?
Article I Section 8's commerce clause
A major impact of the Bakke decision was that
Reverse discrimination based on quotas was illegal
All of the following criteria represent procedures used for evaluating the legitimacy of affirmative action programs except
affirmative action programs based strictly on quotas
The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations in the past of man toward woman. Which of the following documents contained this passage?
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
Which of the following furthered the cause of civil rights for women?
Title VII of the Civil RIghts Act of 1964, decisions of the Court regarding the issue of comparable worth, medium scrutiny standards established in judicial decisions
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