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Politics of the United States
AP Gov. 2002 practice test
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Considering all elections at all levels of government, which of the following best describes electoral behavior in the United States?
The Majority of the electorate does not vote in most elections.
In which of the following scenarios would a presidential veto most likely be upheld?
Two-thirds of the representatives and senators are members of the same party as the president.
Which of the following statements about voting patterns is best supported by the table?
Women are more likely than men to vote Democratic.
The data in the table provide clear evidence that
the vote in the Midwest predicted the outcome rather consistently.
The tenth amendment to the Constitution has been interpreted by the Supreme Court to
Reserve powers to the states.
Which of the following statements can be supported from information in the table above?
I, III, and IV only
I) federal grants to state and local governments have increased substantially in total dollar amount since 1950
III) between 1980 and 1990, grants decreased as a percentage of federal outlays.
IV) in 1994 states were more dependent on federal grants for revenue than in 1990, 1970, or 1960.
When a lower court decision is appealed to the Supreme Court, which of the following is most likely to occur?
The Supreme Court will not hear the appeal
Which of the following is true of amicus curiae briefs?
They are used by interest groups to lobby courts
The Terms "fiscal federalism" and "cooperative federalism" refer to situations in which
Federal, State, and Local governments work together to complete a project, with the federal government providing much of the project funding.
Which of the following is a result of the electoral college system?
Candidates focus on the states with the largest populations.
Which of the following committees of the House of Representatives sets the conditions for debate and amendment of most legislation?
Of the following, which has been used most to expand the power of the national government?
The commerce clause of the Constitution
Which of the following statements best describes the organization of the two major political parties in the United States?
Separate and largely independent party organizations exist at national, state and local levels.
Following the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was designed to overturn the
Dred Scott decision
Which of the following best illustrates the point being made in the cartoon above?
Presidents can have influence on public policy far beyond their terms of office.
The table best supports which of the following statements about party identification and voting behavior?
People with strong Democratic party identification tend to vote for the Democratic party.
The table best supports which of the following statements about the two elections for which data are provided?
Pure Independents were less likely to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988 than for Democratic House Candidates in 1990.
In recent presidential administrations, the principal staff for the President has been made up of members of the
White House Office
The procedure for formally amending the United States Constitution best illustrates which of the following?
The federal structure of the United States government
Which of the following best explains why delegates to both the Republican and Democratic Conventions in 1996 were much more likely to have college and postgraduate degrees than was the rest of the voting population>
Political activism increases with education levels
Congressional district boundaries are usually redrawn every ten years by the
The franking privilege refers to the
right of members of Congress to send mail to theft constituents at the government's expense
Which of the following took place after presidential candidates Truman in 1948, Nixon in 1968, and Clinton in 1992 won only pluralities of the popular vote?
the winning candidate took office after receiving less than 50% of the popular votes cast
Which of the following is generally true of the gerrymandering of congressional districts?
it creates districts that favor one political party over another.
Which of the following is one of the central concerns of the First Amendment?
The right of citizens to petition the government for redress of grievances.
The "wall of separation" doctrine refers to the
division of church and state
Lobbyists try to influence legislators mainly through
providing legislators with information on technical issues
The table above supports which of the following conclusions?
the largest percentage increase in political identification between 1952 and 1994 occurred among independents.
States and localities have the most discretion in establishing policy when federal funding is derived from
Which of the following best explains the trend depicted in the chart above?
the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Which of the following statements about trends in presidential approval ratings is supported by information presented in the graph above?
A president's popularity tends to fall during his term in office.
In Miranda v. Arizona, the United States Supreme Court declared that
police must inform criminal suspects of theft constitutional rights before questioning suspects after arrest.
Which of the following is NOT a presidential role authorized by the Constitution?
To lead the political party of the president
Which of the following statements about voting behavior in the United States is correct?
College graduates are more likely to vote than are those who have at most a high school diploma.
An electoral system based on single-member districts is usually characterized by
domination of the legislature by two political parties
Which of the following is true under the system of checks and balances?
the Senate must ratify treaties negotiated by the President before they become law.
A major reason why the majority of Supreme Court justices have had political experience prior to appointment to the Court is that
Presidents seek to place individuals on the court whose policy views are similar to their own
The Supreme Court ruled the legislative veto unconstitutional on the grounds that such vetos
violated the principle of separation of powers
The president can do which of the following with out seeking the consent of either the House or the Senate?
Which of the following is true about the line-item veto?
it is used by many state governors
In the Federalist No. 10, James Madison argued that factions in a republic are
natural but controllable by institutions
Which of the following actions by the federal government best illustrates the concept of unfunded mandates?
requiring states and municipalities to provide certain services for their citizens without providing resources to pay for those services
the term "horse-race journalism" refers to the tendency of the media to
cover campaigns by emphasizing the relative standings of the candidates in the polls rather than the issues they discuss
which of the following is a provision of federal election laws
in areas with significant populations of linguistic minorities, voting materials must be made available in the preferred languages of the population
the largest portion of "uncontrollable spending" in the federal budget is designated for which of the following?
the Supreme Court established the incorporation doctrine when the Court
interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment as extending most of the requirements of the Bill of Rights to the states as well as the federal government
of the following, the most important role in the political socialization of children is played by
the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that upheld a woman's right to secure an abortion was based on the right to
privacy implied in the Bill of Rights
which of the following was the most important effect of replacing the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution of 1787?
The creation of a strong national government
the doctrine of original intent holds that
the meaning of the Constitution depends on the intention of the framers
a major difference between the House of Representatives and the Senate is that
there is unlimited debate in the Senate but not in the House
Senate confirmation is required for which of the following presidential appointments?
I,III, and IV only
I)Secretary of State
III) Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
IV) Attorney General
All of the following serve as checks on the power of the federal courts EXCEPT:
the voters can oust federal judges in national elections
to which of the following congressional committees would a proposal to reform the national income-tax system initially be sent?
House Way and Means Committee
Political action committees representing which of the following groups have increased in number most substantially since the mid-1970's
since the 1970's, presidents have made use of executive orders at an increasing rate because executive orders
do not need to be passed by Congress
Which of the following is NOT a core value of United States political culture?
the concept of "critical elections" is most closely associated with
Which of the following statements is supported by the chart above?
President Regan nominated the smallest percentage of women to the judiciary
federal benefits that must be funded by congress and must be paid to all citizens who meet eligibility criteria are called
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