Political Science 102: American Government Final Exam

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Question 1 1. With this system, federal and state government responsibilities are highly intertwined. The government entities worked together to administer social programs. This best describes which of the following?

Question 2 2. One major difference between county governments and municipal governments is:

Question 3 3. An individual running for Congress must raise money in order to campaign. After acquiring an initial amount of $5,000, the political hopeful can file a statement of candidacy, which allows for the set up of a committee to handle funding going forward. What is this committee called?

Question 4 4. Which of these is a major difference between Congress and Parliament when creating a law?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is a potential hazard that the bureaucracy can run into as it goes about its daily routine?

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Question 6 6. There is a protest against the FDA. One of the protesters has stated that: 'The FDA is not accountable to the president, to the courts, to Congress and, ultimately, not even accountable to the American people.' Which part of that statement was NOT correct?

Question 7 7. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that _____.

Question 8 8. Which of the following contributed to the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming a law in 1990?

Question 9 9. What U.S. forces are called upon for unique missions requiring more than brute force?

Question 10 10. If Congress passes a law that the president believes is against good foreign policy, what's his most effective and constitutionally permissible course of action?

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Question 11 11. Which of the following is NOT a goal of the U.S. government that can be accomplished by fiscal policy?

Question 12 12. In general, which of the following is NOT correct concerning how politics and regulation intersect?

Question 13 13. All of the following are social insurance programs in the United States, EXCEPT:

Question 14 14. A general is preparing to hold military exercises in order to display the arsenal the United States has at its disposal. What policy is this most associated with?

Question 15 15. A prisoner is sentenced to life in prison after leaking secret NSA documents. Which of the following might allow him to be released from prison?

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Question 16 16. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

Question 17 17. What are the members of the Electoral College called?

Question 18 18. Which of the following is NOT an example of studying voter behavior?

Question 19 19. You have a list of people that includes some of their most basic traits. Which of the following individuals is most likely to be a supporter of the Democratic Party?

Question 20 20. Which of the following are functions of third parties?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following statements about mass media is true?

Question 22 22. Any means of communication intended to reach a general, public audience is known as _____.

Question 23 23. Which core principle states that the government operates only with the people's consent and authority?

Question 24 24. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 25 25. The ability of the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down legislation that is unconstitutional was confirmed in:

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Question 26 26. What was the significance of Griswold v. Connecticut?

Question 27 27. Individuals who subscribe to the _____ theory believe that the outcomes of lobbying tend to benefit only a few at the expense of many, and that major power is held by the largest corporations and is extensive and hard to break.

Question 28 28. One big issue that all interest groups face is that membership recruitment becomes a problem because the benefits they achieve can be gained without joining the group. What is this called?

Question 29 29. In 2012, a majority of the citizens of Puerto Rico voted for statehood. Based on this information we can infer that in Puerto Rico the _____ is that statehood is the best political status for the island.

Question 30 30. How would someone who understands the American belief in equality and is on the lookout for violations of this principle, interpret the story of a hardworking high school student who applied but was not accepted to any college?

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Question 31 31. Why did the Revolutionary War break out in 1775 and which document officially ended the Revolutionary War in 1783?

Question 32 32. Article I of the Constitution establishes _____.

Question 33 33. You are writing an essay about the history of slavery in the U.S. Which of the following will you note as the amendment that ended slavery?

Question 34 34. Why must a candidate file a statement of candidacy?

Question 35 35. Which of the following statements is true?

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Question 36 36. If you were an attorney working on the Brown v. Board of Education case, you would need to refer to the previous U.S. Supreme Court ruling on school segregation, which was _____.

Question 37 37. What's the best description of a special interest group?

Question 38 38. Which of the following is an example of an equity goal?

Question 39 39. Tina is a single parent with four children who works for minimum wage. Which of the following tax credits does she qualify for?

Question 40 40. Which courts may serve both as appellate courts and trial courts?

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Question 41 41. You are an advisor to the President of the U.S. The president is uncertain whether he should intervene in a civil war that is causing the deaths of thousands of people. You ultimately advise him that his most basic task is representing the _____ and to act accordingly.

Question 42 42. Interest groups exert their influence by engaging in what type of practice?

Question 43 43. What is propaganda?

Question 44 44. Which type of government is controlled by a group of wealthy, powerful aristocrats?

Question 45 45. Which clause in the First Amendment would prohibit the government from giving churches the power to veto nearby liquor licenses?

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Question 46 46. WHICH of the following groups BEST connects interest groups hoping to gain influence over government officials?

Question 47 47. This is a statistical measurement of how accurately the results of a poll reflect the real views of the population.

Question 48 48. The President of the United States has broken the law by using the NSA to spy on his political opponents. He refuses to resign, but Congress has started the impeachment procedure in order to remove him from office. This is an example of which of the following?

Question 49 49. Because of which of the following are most governmental powers left to the states?

Question 50 50. You are having a conversation with a friend and when asked about your political affiliation, you reply: 'The same as most Americans.' This means you are affiliated with which of the following?

Political Science 102: American Government Final Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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