Introduction to American Politics MCQ POLSC231


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This course will serve as an introduction to American government and politics. We will focus on several major themes in the course?s five constituent units. In the first unit, ?American Political Foundations,? we will consider the core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of the American system of government: American political culture, the Constitution, and federalism. A solid grasp of these concepts will help you better understand the underlying reasons for the structure of the American political system. In the second unit, ?American Political Behavior,? we will examine the key components of ?politics? in the American system, including public opinion, the mass media, political parties, interest groups, campaigns, elections, and electoral participation. In the third unit, ?American Institutions,? we will analyze the major governing bodies in the United States: Congress, the presidency and the bureaucracy, and the courts. Unit 4, ?Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in America,? will highlight how American government shapes and influences the individual freedoms and rights of its citizenship. In our final unit, ?Making Policy in the American Political System,? we will take a close look at social, economic, and foreign policy and the ways in which the broad themes of constitutional principles, political behavior, and governmental institutions have intersected to shape it. Upon completion of this course, you will have a strong understanding of the American political system and be well prepared for the courses you will be required to take should you choose to pursue the political science major.
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Question: How do most scholars characterize public opinion?


Public opinion is the aggregation of popular preferences of people from all segments of society.

Public opinion emerges from debate among groups rather than from individual opinions.

Public opinion is controlled by organized groups, governments, and media elites.

Opinions from less knowledgeable people should have less political influence.

Question: Most congressional races are:


closely contested.

not closely contested.

less contested than state elections.

more contested than presidential elections.

Question: Political parties serve all of the following functions except:


simplifying the voting process by helping the electorate to decide.

helping to generate excitement about an election.

providing an organizational structure for leaders in government and ensuring that majority and minority party opinions are voiced.

developing strong ideological predispositions to appeal to the narrowest electoral base possible.

Question: Communism and socialism share which of the following tenets?


The rejection of liberalism, democracy, and the rule of law

The ultimate elimination of state authority

The collective ownership of the means of the production and the distribution of goods

State noninterference in economic, social, and cultural life

Question: All of the following statements are true about presidential nominating conventions except:


they are usually unpredictable events.

the delegates to the convention formally nominate the presidential candidate.

the party planks (platforms) are revised.

the candidate's vice presidential pick is formally announced.

Question: Liberals and conservatives largely agree on which of the following principles?


Social and economic equality

Larger government

Democratic values

Religious influence in public policy

Question: Interest groups can influence elections in all of the following ways except:


endorsing candidates and mobilizing voters to work and vote for them.

promoting candidates through television and radio advertisements.

raising funds and contributing to campaigns.

providing gifts, meals, and trips to their preferred candidates.

Question: In presidential election years, "Super Tuesday" refers to the day in which:


the presidential nominee announces his vice presidential pick.

the delegates to the Electoral College are formally announced.

most states hold their primary elections.

the nominating convention is held.

Question: All of the following are reasons why people vote and otherwise participate in politics except:


when they feel they have a personal stake in a candidate's agenda.

when they have a strong understanding of the political system.

when the nation has a high level of consensus, or agreement, on campaign issues.

when they are in need of government assistance.

Question: All of the following have been criticisms of the Electoral College system except:


faithless electors have the ability to change the outcome of a presidential election.

a candidate can lose the popular vote but still win the presidential election.

The winner-take-all rule effectively disenfranchises millions of voters within a state.

the Electoral College gives certain states disproportionate influence in determining an election's outcome.

Question: All of the following are characteristics of social movements except:


they often form in reaction to policies that disadvantage particular segments of society.

individuals act to instigate change and assume others will eventually follow.

they can evolve from grassroots groups into national organizations.

they often have charismatic leaders.

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Source:  Nicole Bartels. Introduction to American Politics. The Saylor Academy 2014,
Jordon Humphreys
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