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American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Sabotage, vandalism, wiretapping, forgery, and any act of terrorism are all considered to be _____, a last resort that is highly discouraged.

Question 2 2. Businesses that measure public opinion through strategic methods are known as:

Question 3 3. The citizens of the U.S. represent many different cultures, races, ethnicities and religions. This principle of American political culture is known as _____.

Question 4 4. We can't expect everyone to vote. However, if everyone stops believing in the power of voting, the democratic process ceases. This is an example of which principle?

Question 5 5. A system of general political traditions, customs and beliefs is known as _____.

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Question 6 6. Why should American citizens expect to deal with the consequences of their actions even as they are considered to be sovereign in their own lives?

Question 7 7. There are many reasons why people choose to participate in the political process. Which of the reasons listed is NOT a commonly cited reason why people choose to participate?

Question 8 8. Which phenomena characterized the 2012 presidential election?

Question 9 9. When choosing whether or not to vote, we assume voters weigh the sacrifices against the advantages, which is known as:

Question 10 10. Barry would normally vote in a presidential election, but this year he is attending graduate school in another state and the whole process for getting an absentee ballot seems overwhelming. Barry and many of his fellow graduate students decide they'll just skip this election. Barry's non-participation is caused by a(n) _____.

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Question 11 11. Political participation that involves traditional or expected activities is known as _____.

Question 12 12. In which stage of life does most political socialization occur?

Question 13 13. 'Patriotism' is a synonym for _____.

Question 14 14. Tamara explains to her little sister that in the U.S. citizens take part in the government through their elected representatives. What key American concept is Tamara explaining?

Question 15 15. A key American belief is that citizens are in partnership with their government. Within this relationship, the government grants rights to the citizens, and the citizens have responsibilities to the government. This belief about our political system is called _____.

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Question 16 16. Thomas is polling people in his state to get a sense of their general political views. He polls all of the shoppers that exit an upscale furniture store. How could Thomas change his polling tactics in order to reduce sampling errors?

Question 17 17. Mark wants to run for city council but he needs 200 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot. Mark doesn't have time to get 200 people to sign, so he has 20 friends each sign the petition 10 times. This is an example of:

Question 18 18. The process by which people form their ideas about politics is known as _____.

Question 19 19. Juan wants to know the opinion of the college student population regarding the use of student loans to cover college costs. In order to do this, he decides to ask eight of his closest friends what they think about the topic. Will the results of this poll be valid?

Question 20 20. Which of the following is NOT a popularly cited reason why eligible voters choose not to vote?

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Question 21 21. A pollster asks you, 'Are you in favor of the death penalty for serial killers?' What's wrong with this public opinion polling question?

Question 22 22. 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 23 23. Barry has been chosen to give a presentation on the American belief in the right to be free as long as another's rights aren't harmed. A good term for Barry's topic is _____.

Question 24 24. Which of the following can influence public opinion?

Question 25 25. 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.

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Question 26 26. This is an obligation that is social, not legal, to participate in the political process.

Question 27 27. Political participation that includes activities sometimes considered to be inappropriate, but not illegal, is called _____.

Question 28 28. This is a statistical measurement of how accurately the results of a poll reflect the real views of the population.

Question 29 29. This is one of the oldest and best-known American polling organizations. It is known for publishing timely public opinion research on a multitude of topics.

Question 30 30. Which of these is NOT a commonly cited institutional barrier to participation in the political process?

American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior Chapter 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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