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POLS 2311, Test 3 Questions

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Hello! For the exams, the professor usually picks our questions from this document. These are the practice questions given to use that will be very, I mean extremely helpful to pass the exam! T...
American Government and Politics
Dr. Abha Singh
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political, parties, elections, voting, realignment, political campaigns, Interest, groups, lobbying
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Date Created: 04/17/16
CHAPTER 11: POLITICAL PARTIES U.S. political system is mainly based on two-party system. a. True b. False A major shift I power and popularity from one party to another is a what? a. Political realignment b. Party machines c. Secular realignment d. Critical election The political parties have great influence in Congress because: a. Congressional representatives owe them loyalty I return for campaign help. b. Parties arrange for the selection of congressional leaders. c. Parties are instrumental in deciding who runs for office d. None of the above Which people have the most significant influence on a person’s political socialization? a. Parents b. Peers c. Co-workers d. Civic groups CHAPTER 12: Elections & Voters This voting system is more favorable to minor political parties: a. Single-member, plurality electoral system b. Winner-take-all electoral system c. Electoral college d. Proportional representation Wedge issues have been blamed in part for recent deepening divides. Which are wedge issues? a. “Guns, God and gays” b. Abortion and contraception c. Hot-button cultural issues d. All of the above When state lawmakers place a proposal on the ballot for voter approval, it is called a (n): a. Open primary b. Initiate c. Referendum d. Recall The numbers of electors from each state to the Electoral College is: a. Equivalent to the number of representatives b. Equivalent to the number of representatives and senators c. Equivalent to the number of congressional districts a candidate wins, plus two bonus electors for the overall popular vote winner d. None of the above Which of the following is not typically a reason for an incumbent to lose an election? a. Redistricting b. Presidential coattails c. “Scare-off” Effect d. Mid-Term Elections When voters reward or punish a political party at the polls based on past achievement or failures, they are using what? a. Ticket-splitting b. Retrospective judgment c. Prospective judgment d. None of the above All of these are a factor in voter turnout except: a. Age and race b. Income and education c. Geographic location d. All of the above The most frequently cited reason Americans give for failing to vote is: a. Distrust in government and voter cynicism b. Overwhelming number of elections c. Difficulty with voter registration d. Conflicts with work or family CHAPTER 13 – The Campaign Process How do general election campaigns differ from primary campaigns? a. Candidates attempt to appear more moderate in primaries b. Candidates don’t use slogans in primaries c. Candidates attempt to appear more moderate in general elections d. Candidates spend less money in general elections Which member of the campaign staff focuses on the candidate’s media strategy? a. Campaign manager b. Communications manager c. Finance manager d. Candidate himself What is the limit on individual contributions to candidates in federal elections? a. $2,7000 b. $5,000 c. No limit for individuals –only for corporations d. Supreme Court has declared such limits unconstitutional Why are candidates often frustrated with the news media? a. They cannot control how they are portrayed b. The media focus on he negative, such as gaffes or scandals c. The media focus on the horse-race aspects of the election d. All of the above Chapter 15 – Interest Groups Subscribers to this theory emphasize the role of the elites in interest group formation: a. Pluralist theory b. Disturbance theory c. Transactions theory d. None of the above National Rifle Association is an interest group. a. True b. False This type of lobbying activity has become a favorite of anti-war and animal activist: a. Congressional lobbying b. Executive branch lobbying c. Lobbying branch lobbying d. Lobbying the courts e. Grassroots lobbying f. Protests and radical activism Material benefits are offered by groups in order to : a. Combat the free-rider problem b. Encourage people to join c. Encourage activity within the group d. All of the above Which of these lobbying regulations banned gifts and public speaking fees? a. Federal regulation of lobbying act b. Lobbying disclosure act c. Honest leadership and open government act d. None of the above


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