Create an account
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 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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
Discrimination in the workplaces has been made illegal by all the following except:
Passage of proposition 187
Which of the following defines a team of men and women banding together to control the governing apparatus by gaining office in a duly constituted election?
All of the following are characteristics of politics EXCEPT
The passage of laws that serve to further minority rights
Which of the following translate in puts from the public into outputs from the policymakers?
Which of the following philosophies is reflected by the majority of the American electorate?
A middle-of-the-road philosophy
In the long history of the American party system, successful parties rarely stray from
the midpoint of public opinion
Which of the following best describes the history of American political parties?
America has had two parties that have consistently dominated the political arena
Which of the following terms means that people are gradually moving away from both parties?
All of the following choices reflect major changes that have occurred to the party system since Roosevelt's New Deal except:
Party organizations have become more energetic and effective, party loyalty has increased
Which characteristic reflects party politics of the 1990s?
The Democrats' Solid South no longer exists in national elections
Which of the following reforms took place as a result of the McGovern-Frasier Commission?
The incorporation of minority delegates
Which of the following time periods reflects a change from the dominance of the Republicans as the nation's majority party?
The Great Depression
Which of the following events signaled the beginning of a Republican Party ascendancy for more than 60 years?
The Civil War
In which of the following institutions have the Republicans consistently been the minority party from 1968 to 1994?
House of Representatives
All of the following actions represent the conventional manner people usually participate in the political process EXCEPT
Participating in civil disobedience to achieve political goals
Which of the following has been suggested to increase party identification?
The party should present clearly defined programs, the party should present candidates who are committed to the party's positions
Which of the following terms represents the official designation of a person running for office?
The manner in which candidates attempt to effectively use money and media attention in order to achieve the nomination is called campaign
The goal of the nominating game is to win a majority of delegates' support at which of the following stages of the campaign?
National party convention
Before primaries existed, state parties selected their delegates to the national convention through which of the following processes?
With the exception of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, no one has been elected president since 1952 without first having won
Criticisms of the election process include all the following except:
The system allows little room for media involvement
In order to organize their presidential campaigns effectively, a candidate must do all the following EXCEPT:
Announce his or her choice for vice president during the primaries
If presidential candidates accept federal support int eh form of matching campaign financing, then they
Agree to limit their campaign expenditures to an amount prescribed by federal law
Presidential candidates must file periodic reports with the Federal Election Commission, listing who contributed money and how it was spent
Regardless of whether or not they receive matching federal funding
Few developments since the Watergate crisis have generated as much cynicism about government as the
Explosive growth of special interest groups and PACs
Which of the following concerns most bothers politicians about the rising costs of campaigning?
They are involved with fundraising, which takes up most of their time
Which of the following campaign finance reforms has been adopted?
Abolishing soft money contributions
Television news coverage of a candidate generally focuses on all of the following except
A candidate's explanation of a complex policy statement
Four decades of research on political campaigns lead to the following conclusion that
Campaigns mostly reinforce and activate, only rarely do they convert
All of the following factors tend to weaken a candidate's chances for election EXCEPT
Raising large amounts of money
Which of the following provides voters the chance to directly approve or disapprove a legislative proposition?
The first time a candidate attempts to effectively use money and media attention in order to achieve name recognition is the
Many political scientists concluded that Bill Clinton had won the election of 1996 because
There was unity in the Democratic Party
All of the following statements about campaign strategy are true EXCEPT:
The candidate must campaign in all 50 states
Which of the following conclusions can be made about voting behavior?
Voting is a class-based activity
Which of the following definitions reflects the idea that the victorious party should carry out its proposed agenda?
The mandate theory of elections
Which of the following represents the most effective way for a president to manage news coverage?
Controlling the flow of information
All the following are criticisms aimed at the media except:
The media's investigations of politicians usually emphasize serious issues
Which of the following groups represents the audience the media aims to develop stories for?
All of the following reflect the constitutional basis of suffrage except:
Term limits on United States senators and representatives passed by individual states
Which of the following trends most closely reflects the last 40 years of American electoral history?
An increase in suffrage opportunities
All the following conclusions are true about voting behavior except:
Young people have the highest turnout rate
The Motor Voter Act signed by President Clinton makes it easier than ever to vote. All the following provisions accomplish the goals of the act except:
It purges people from voter rolls because they didn't vote in the previous election
In a presidential election, if no candidate receives an electoral college majority
The election is thrown into the House of Representatives
It has been shown in recent elections that during severe economic troubles, the electorate
tend to vote out incumbents
Which of the following has had a positive impact on the youth vote?
Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition efforts, MTV's Rock the Vote efforts
Which of the following statements is true about the effect of ethnic groups on voter choice during the presidential elections of the 1990s
Jews tend to vote Democratic
Which of the following represents what media watchers would portray as the benchmark of investigative journalism?
The efforts of Woodward and Bernstein in uncovering the Watergate coverup
Which of the following represents an effect of the passage of the Freedom of Information Act?
More meetings were opened to the public
An interest group is most likely to have influence in Congress with which of the following situations?
An issue that is narrow in scope and low in public visibility
All of the following statements concerning interest groups are true except
They often run their own candidates for public office
All the following arguments are essential to the special interest theory of politics except:
Interest groups encourage membership from diverse groups that may disagree with their goals
Which of the following represents a major reason for the proliferation of special interests and lobby groups?
The reactive nature of interest groups and lobbyists to new issues
Which of the following officials do lobbyists most succeed with?
Officials who have a basic philosophical affinity with the lobbyist
Which of the following techniques would a lobbyist be likely to use to influence legislation in Congress?
Organize a demonstration in Washington just before a key House vote, ensure that the corporation's PAC makes donations to the campaigns of members of key committees, meet informally with Senate aides over lunch or cocktails, bring influential constituents to Washington to discuss important policy matters with their representatives
Which of the following statements represents the main function of special interest groups?
They want to influence officeholders and achieve legislative goals
Which of the following situations represents a legislative victory for a special interest group
MADD's successful lobbying for a national drinking age, the veterans of foreign wars' successful fight for the Americans with Disabilities Act, the NAACP successfully lobbying for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
All the following are techniques used by lobbyists except
Appearing on the floor of Congress as staff assistants to senators and representatives
Which of the following statements represents a potential conflict of interest?
Lobbyists are former government officials who have close ties with current legislators
Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.
Having trouble? Click here for help.
We can’t access your microphone!
Click the icon above to update your browser permissions and try again
Reload the page to try again!Reload
Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom
Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom
It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.
Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.
For more help, see our troubleshooting page.
Your microphone is muted
For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.
Star this term
You can study starred terms together