Political Science 102: American Government Final Exam

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Question 1 1. Sally knows the presidential election is this Tuesday, but she's not sure where to go to vote. She checks an article in her local newspaper and then finds directions using the Internet. This is an example of which media role?

Question 2 2. _____ refers to the act of closely examining and judging the media.

Question 3 3. Amanda lives in a beach community. Her city is considering rezoning a strip of land on the beach to allow a high-rise condominium to be built. Amanda is against the idea since there are no other high-rise buildings in her community. She participates in a small demonstration outside the city council meeting in an attempt to get council members to vote against the proposal. This is an example of:

Question 4 4. Which of the following can influence public opinion?

Question 5 5. Which of the following was NOT reflected in the criticism of devolution in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

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Question 6 6. The Clean Water Act, a federal law that regulates water pollution in the United States, is an example of _____.

Question 7 7. The government of a country says that they want to create a world with less insecurity. This is part of the country's _____.

Question 8 8. Which of the following was an unnecessary foreign policy objective of the U.S. after the end of the Cold War?

Question 9 9. According to this chart, what was the unemployment rate during the peak of the business cycle?

Question 10 10. Which of the following is an example of an equity goal?

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Question 11 11. John has been a teacher for 20 years and has never been a member of a labor union. He has now chosen to join the teacher's union because there is a 15% discount at the shopping store he frequents for members of the teacher's union. What motivated him to join?

Question 12 12. Which of the following answer choices contains the best example of the free rider problem?

Question 13 13. The president decides that Freddie would make a great U.S. ambassador to France. What should the president do in order to make Freddie the ambassador to France?

Question 14 14. John Stanford is a Democratic candidate in the 2020 Presidential election. Thomas, a Republican, wants to vote for him because of John's recent speech in which he indicated that, if elected, he would make sure that the number of incidents involving the use of automatic weapons would decrease. Which of the following best describes why Thomas chose to vote for John?

Question 15 15. Which of the following best describes the Office of Management and Budget?

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Question 16 16. A teacher's union is working with several members of Congress as well as the American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation in order to best determine what criteria need to be fulfilled in order for a student to enroll into college. Once they make up their mind, they will agree on a bill and try to push it through Congress. Which of the following best describes such a cooperation?

Question 17 17. What is the term or phrase best associated with a general bias displayed in favor of one political party over other parties?

Question 18 18. Which of the following people supported the formation of the Democratic-Republican party?

Question 19 19. What type of analysis is commonly used in the selection and implementation step of creating public policy?

Question 20 20. Paul the policymaker believes that the main problem of his community is the very high number of drug users. He thinks the cause of the problem is that many police officers turn a blind eye to recreational drug use. Why is this an example of problem identification?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following principles is used when the courts look to the legislative history of a statute in order to determine what the legislative body intended when they passed the law?

Question 22 22. What type of case can NOT be heard in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 23 23. What is the MOST accurate description of contemporary members of the U.S. Congress?

Question 24 24. A Democratic member of Congress is trying to pass a bill that will decrease greenhouse gas emission by 3%. He is trying to get the support of a Republican from a coal-producing state, who has stated that he is willing to support the bill if it includes a clause that states: 'If a certain district has a slower economic growth than the national average, that district will have a 3-year delay from reaching the goals specified in this bill.' What is this phrase called?

Question 25 25. In a _____, the leaders are elected by citizens who actively participate in the political process.

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Question 26 26. Which of the following is a current trend in American politics?

Question 27 27. The judicial branch is associated with WHICH of the following governmental responsibilities?

Question 28 28. The ability to abstain from answering questions relating to allegations of committing a crime is guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment's right to protect against _____.

Question 29 29. The _____ act made Jim Crow laws illegal, and was passed in _____.

Question 30 30. A grocery store that decides not to build a wheelchair ramp despite the fact that the cost would be minimal and that there is ample space to make such a modification is violating which federal law?

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Question 31 31. Tax breaks given to one religious group but not another are prohibited by which clause in the Separation of Church and State Doctrine?

Question 32 32. Which of the following scenarios shows an action that is considered unconstitutional?

Question 33 33. Many media outlets have reported extensively on the long wait times for veterans seeking medical attention through VA hospitals. Several of those outlets neglected to cover the federal corruption and bureaucratic difficulties that led to the poor care of veterans. This is an example of _____.

Question 34 34. This is a statistical measurement of how accurately the results of a poll reflect the real views of the population.

Question 35 35. The degree to which the responsibilities of federal and state governments are intertwined or kept separate from one another can be used to distinguish between WHICH two concepts of governance?

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Question 36 36. 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?

Question 37 37. For three quarters in a row, economic growth increased by 3%, 5% and 7%. As it was close to the election, the government did not try to stabilize the growth. In the last quarter of the year, the economy drastically fell by 5%. Which of the following best describes such an occurrence?

Question 38 38. 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 39 39. The president wants to pass one of his appointments in the Senate. The media is constantly talking about the fact that he might not get the required number of votes. What is this process called and what majority is needed?

Question 40 40. The government has established a new body that is focused on determining whether U.S. companies conform to the Paris Treaty. This new body has the power to create and enforce new rules. It can also punish companies or individuals that do not conform to the law. Which of the following best describes this new body?

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Question 41 41. Which of the following is a party committee in Congress that provides funds to members and would-be-members in Congress?

Question 42 42. Which of the following is contrary to the Democratic party's educational policy preferences?

Question 43 43. How many justices are there in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 44 44. The House of Representatives and the Senate make up what branch of the U.S. government?

Question 45 45. Which of the rules governing American politics tells us that the government's powers are limited by a written and defined legal framework, which is established as the highest law in the land?

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Question 46 46. Which of the following answer choices contains the best example of the rights established by Article IV of the U.S. Constitution?

Question 47 47. The right of same-sex couples to receive federal benefits was granted _____.

Question 48 48. Which amendments note that rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution should not be taken to mean that the people don't have them?

Question 49 49. How does social media significantly differ from print media?

Question 50 50. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution conferred citizenship upon birth, an act that protected the rights of newly freed slaves. This and other Amendments ensure the _____ of U.S. citizens.

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