AP Government Exam - Practice Test #1
Terms in this set (22)
What is the most important factor in influencing presidential nominations for the federal judiciary?
The political party of the nominee.
The power to impeach the president requires actions by what?
Both houses of Congress.
When did Black women receive the right to vote?
With the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.
Congress enacted the presidential line-item veto primarily in order to ______
Control local pork-barrel projects.
One widespread effect of the mass on presidential campaigns is that the mass media have what?
Replaced political parties as the primary source of information about candidates.
What is the most important factor in determining whether a candidate wins a congressional election?
Incumbency status (or lack thereof)
The Federalist, number 10,
James Madison contended that the government should what?
Permit many factions to compete (because they are inevitable).
occur under the current electoral college system?
The presidential candidate who achieves 53% of the popular vote in a state wins 53% of that state's electoral votes.
a tactic used by interest groups to influence the oplitical process?
Keeping all lobbyist records confidential.
The amount by which federal spending exceeds revenues in a given year is known as what?
What is a basic tenet of pluralist theory?
Politics is best understood as competition among groups of people woth shared intersts.
What is considered to be the most immune from the pressures of public opinion?
Judicial review refers to the power of the Supreme Court to _______
Declare actions taken by the executive and legislative branches unconstitutional.
The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 required presidential appointees to _____
Disclose their financial records.
Define political socialization:
The process by which people acquire their political attitutes.
legislation allows eligible citizens to do what?
Register to vote at the DMV and other such agencies
What is one of the most significant differences between the Constituion of 1787 and the Articles of Confederation:
The Consitution provided for a strong national government with many powers, while the Articles created a weak national government with few indpendent powers.
Flag burning applies to which principle of American civil liberties?
Freedom of speech. Because it falls under freedom of expression, which in turn fall under freedom of speech.
What is true of the relationship between the Supreme Court and the cases it hears?
The Court hears only a small percentage of cases submitted for
Who can declare war?
Congress. The president can
declare war, and must back down if Congress does not back the, within thirty days of the attack.
Which type of committee deals with broad areas of public policy ad can be found in both houses of Congress?
The ability of the federal courts