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AP US Government and Politics: Introduction to the Study of American Government Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Your teacher is talking about the principles of capitalism and states: 'The main role of the government in capitalism is to ensure people have the freedom they need to buy and sell their goods and services in an open and competitive market. In doing so, the government should protect the right of anybody to own property and should protect workers. However, consumer protection is not important. Free competition will root out bad products, so the government doesn't need to protect consumers.' What did your teacher say that was NOT correct?

Question 2 2. Which of the following is a basic principle of democracy?

Question 3 3. Which of the following refers to voter participation?

Question 4 4. Tom is campaigning for the California fifth district. He is attempting to speak to his entire potential constituency. One of his voters is only interested in the legalization of soft drugs and does not care about any other aspects of Tom's policy. He doesn't even care if such a policy would have a negative impact on the state. Which of the following best describes such a voter?

Question 5 5. The professor of a political science class asks his students to watch two short videos. In the first video, a member of Congress meets with his constituents to obtain their thoughts and opinions regarding a federal highway project that will directly affect them. In the second video, three politicians are gathered together discussing a plan to back one another's projects in a way that will help all of them profit at the expense of taxpayers. The professor asks the students which video demonstrates politics in action. Which of the following is the BEST answer?

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Question 6 6. Which definition summarizes the meaning of 'government'?

Question 7 7. Which value teaches us to respect and embrace the fact that all people are unique and important regardless of their race, culture, heritage, belief system, or socio-economic status?

Question 8 8. In a representative democracy, _____.

Question 9 9. The U.S. government plays a large role in the country because its functions greatly affect citizens' _____.

Question 10 10. Which of the following best sums up the principle of limited government?

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Question 11 11. In a primary election _____.

Question 12 12. Locke's 'Two Treatises of Government' were taken nearly verbatim and used to justify _____.

Question 13 13. Which statement best describes democracy?

Question 14 14. An Iowa congressman wants to become governor. He declared that he would be running by stating: 'If I become governor, I will reduce state taxes by 5% and make sure that commerce within our borders prospers. The great state of Iowa needs to increase its exports, and we will print money to encourage inflation, which will help trade. Finally, I will make sure that all licenses are available online so the people do not have to waste their time.' Which of the following is a promise that the candidate and the state government would NOT be able to fulfill?

Question 15 15. What institution of higher learning did both Hobbes and Locke attend?

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Question 16 16. Why did Deism play a large role in the principles of American Government?

Question 17 17. One of the functions of the United States government listed in the preamble of the Constitution is _____.

Question 18 18. Which core principle states that the government operates only with the people's consent and authority?

Question 19 19. After a long, heated debate, the U.S. Congress has managed to agree upon two final versions of a gun control bill. However, each version has several contradicting stipulations. According to majoritarianism, what would be the best way to resolve the situation?

Question 20 20. Tom is a career politician who is tiring of the requirements his role entails. Which of the following is FALSE of career politicians such as Tom?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following refers to an individual's or group's right to use power by making decisions, giving directives, and demanding compliance?

Question 22 22. Individualism is the value that is committed to _____.

Question 23 23. Which type of government is controlled by a group of wealthy, powerful aristocrats?

Question 24 24. Which type of government is ruled by a deity, whose representatives claim divine inspiration and interpret the laws found in the nation's holy texts?

Question 25 25. Which of the following statements is true?

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Question 26 26. How did improved literacy in Europe and Franklin's circulation of Enlightenment ideals impact the world view of the eighteenth century?

Question 27 27. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 28 28. In a direct democracy, _____.

Question 29 29. Which of the following statements defines a government?

Question 30 30. Congress recently voted on a law that would allow the implementation of harsher sentences for people working in the NSA who disclose confidential information. The president vetoed the bill, but was eventually overruled by a 2/3 majority of Congress. In the end, the Supreme Court declared the bill unconstitutional. The actions taken by the Supreme Court are an example of _____.

AP US Government and Politics: Introduction to the Study of American Government Chapter Exam Instructions

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