CLEP American Government: Study Guide & Test Prep Final Exam

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Question 1 1. America's modern public assistance programs have their beginnings in _____.

Question 2 2. When defendants are told they have 'the right to remain silent,' this means that _____.

Question 3 3. A statistical measurement of how well a poll reflects the actual views of the population is called a _____.

Question 4 4. In a _____, government officials are elected by voters, and officials are re-elected every few years.

Question 5 5. Which of the following terms describe the problem of different bureaucratic agencies doing the exact same thing?

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Question 6 6. If a government only has powers that are clearly given to it, this government is a _____.

Question 7 7. The emergence of the _____ marked the beginning of the two-party system in the United States.

Question 8 8. _____ refers to the influence of the federal government's taxation and spending policies.

Question 9 9. Lobbyists represent _____.

Question 10 10. The Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education concerned which issue?

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Question 11 11. The first type of federalism that was used in the United States was _____.

Question 12 12. _____ jurisdiction applies for cases between citizens of different states, or between a United States citizen and a foreign citizen.

Question 13 13. Which of the following best describes the role of primary elections?

Question 14 14. How did the increase of politicians on television in the 1970s influence American politics?

Question 15 15. In the United States government, bills can be introduced only by _____.

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Question 16 16. You have been asked to summarize the effect of The Pendleton Act of 1883 for a class presentation. Basically, you will describe how The Pendleton Act:

Question 17 17. Relationships between bureaucratic agencies, congressional committees, and _____ are covered by the Iron Triangle association.

Question 18 18. Keeping the country united through a sense of community, patriotism, and national pride, coupled with WHICH of the following items BEST characterize traditional roles of the U.S. government?

Question 19 19. You are a respected member of the community who has volunteered at the local dog shelter for many years. You minored in political science and have an M.B.A. in economics. You decide you want to run for political office. As you have been working as a teacher, you don't have that much money, nor connections to donors. Which of the following is a factor that might hamper your campaign?

Question 20 20. Republicans and Democrats both agree on which of the following concerning education policy?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following organizations do Republicans believe SHOULD NOT have much of a role in the development of elementary and secondary education policy?

Question 22 22. Newspapers, television, radio, and the internet are all examples of:

Question 23 23. Which of the following answer choices contains the best definition of propaganda?

Question 24 24. You have plenty of responsibilities regarding the stability of the political and legal system of the United States. Formally, one of your tasks is nominating federal judges. Which of the following are you?

Question 25 25. In order to file a lawsuit, a group must show that it has enough connection to the case to support its participation as a party to the case. This is known as having:

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Question 26 26. Which of the following statements about presidential pardons is most accurate?

Question 27 27. When a presidential decision is made in the best interests of the nation, that decision should best benefit which of the following?

Question 28 28. Which of the following BEST defines federalism?

Question 29 29. Which of the following scenarios is caused specifically by the Fourteenth Amendment?

Question 30 30. The president is attending a G-8 summit. During this meeting, he enters into a trade agreement with the Russian government without seeking the advice or consent of the Senate. Is this action legal?

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Question 31 31. The U.S. wants to set up a new treaty with Canada. The president works on negotiating this treaty. Which other governmental body has a role to play in the acceptance or rejection of a treaty with another country?

Question 32 32. Why was the tenth amendment enacted?

Question 33 33. The Third Amendment to the Constitution prohibits which of the following?

Question 34 34. What was the basis for the Supreme Court's original ruling on Brown v. Board of Education in 1954?

Question 35 35. The _____ Movement focused on the rights of African Americans.

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Question 36 36. The free rider problem, inherent in most political systems, is BEST described by which of the following statements?

Question 37 37. Which of the following is a direct lobbying technique used by interest groups?

Question 38 38. Which of the following positions has a term limit of two terms?

Question 39 39. Which of the following is NOT correct regarding Congress?

Question 40 40. All of the following are examples of conventional political participation EXCEPT:

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Question 41 41. The process by which people form their ideas about politics is known as _____.

Question 42 42. The right to remain silent implies _____.

Question 43 43. The ability of the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down legislation that is unconstitutional was confirmed in:

Question 44 44. Which of the following is NOT a mechanism for political change?

Question 45 45. What is the term that best describes the following structure: a group of loosely associated individuals who share common political views, apply a similar ideological frame to the issues, and will often unite to accomplish a common goal?

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Question 46 46. Which of the following is NOT a goal of the U.S. government that can be accomplished by fiscal policy?

Question 47 47. The Federal Reserve has noticed that expenditures are decreasing and that the number of loans requested has decreased significantly. What will they aim to do to increase the number of loan requests?

Question 48 48. WHICH of the following is a metaphor used to describe the complex procedures and rules followed by bureaucrats in government operations?

Question 49 49. Which answer choice BEST describes the characteristics of a single-issue voter?

Question 50 50. Bob has recently retired and begins to draw Social Security. He is taking advantage of an _____.

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