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Gov 1 American Political Culture
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Since the 196os, Americans trust in their government has generally
Which of the following is _Not_ an accurate statement about the consequences of declining trust in government?
Distrust weakens the governments ability to help people in times of crisis
the belief that you can influence how your government acts is called
the first requirement for increasing political efficacy is
increasing political knowledge
political apathy among Americans hurts which core political value the most?
Survey data shows that the level of Americans political knowledge is
low and spotty
what aspect of citizenship was most important for ancient Greeks?
talking and debating
In order to be a good citizen, it is most critical to possess
According to a 2007 poll, compared to readers of major newspaper websites, the audience of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report had__ political knowledge.
Studies show that an increasing number of young Americans receive their political knowledge from
late night comedy shows
Government can best be defined as
the institutions and procedures by which a territory and its people are ruled
What is the principle difference between an autocracy and an oligarchy
the number of people in charge
A government that accepts no legal limits on its power but may accept the restraint of other social institutions such as churches is known as
if the government were controlled by a small group of wealthy landowners and corporate leaders this would be best described as
a service tat a person needs but is usually unable to provide for him or herself individually is called
a public good
who said that the best government was the one that "governed last"
According to the text, what is the main benefit of a constitutional government?
the government is limited by the rule of law
which of the following is not an example of a totalitarian regime
Before the eighteenth century
governments rarely sought the support of their people
The demand that there be no taxation without representation is a good example of what political reform of the 18th century
more popular influence on govenment
the key group in Europe that pushed for limited government was
what major changed in Western government led to the establishment of constitutional government?
legal limits on government and the right of more people to vote
John Locke and John Stuart Mill are important philosophers for which of the following ideologies?
liberty and political rights
Who described politics as "Who gets hat, hen, and how?"
According to the text, what is the goal of politics?
to have a say in a government's leadership, organization, and policies
Direct democracy is best defined as
a system that allows citizens to vote directly for laws and policies
A representative democracy is a system of government that
gives citizens a regular opportunity to elect top government officals
which of the following is an instrument of direct democracy?
The struggle of competing interest groups for governmental influence is called
The is the most important concept for the theory of pluralism.
The National Origins Quota System
allowed a large quota of new immigrants from northern European countries but only a small quota of new immigrants from eastern and southern European countries.
Political culture refers to
the shared values, beliefs, and attitudes that serve to hold a nation and its people together.
Throughout American history, the concept of liberty has been linked to
b. the idea of limited government.
According to the text, what were the essential documents of the American Founding?
a. the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
What are the three core values in American politics?
liberty, equality, and democracy
The Bill of Rights was designed to protect
The Bill of Rights is
the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
The term laissez-faire means
The Constitution's Preamble, beginning with the words "We the People," is an illustration of what principle?
Political rights are a protection against
the tyranny of the majority.
What is the most important check on majority rule in the United States?
Which of the following statements concerning political values in the United States is true?
American values often conflict with each other in practice.
The belief that political authority should rest with the people themselves is called
The separate but equal doctrine was introduced in what Supreme Court case?
a. Plessy v. Ferguson
Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education reveal two very different visions of what political value?
Affirmative action is very controversial because
a. Americans argue about whether it promotes or restrains equality.
What observation did philosopher Immanuel Kant make in his 1795 essay "Toward Perpetual Peace"?
Democratic regimes seldom make war on each other.
Which of the following is a common explanation for why the United States should pursue a policy of democratization?
Democratization leads to political stability.
Which of the following statements is true?
a. The United States has a greater gap in income between the poorest and richest than any other developed nation.
In ______ women were granted the constitutional right to vote.
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