HiSET: The Study of American Government Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. A foreign country complains that you are emitting excessive greenhouse gases and not taking into account environmental sustainability. Which of the following could be used to defend your rule over your territory?

Question 2 2. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 3 3. What institution of higher learning did both Hobbes and Locke attend?

Question 4 4. How can the Senate and Congress maintain their role as a check in regards to the executive branch?

Question 5 5. Which statement best describes democracy?

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Question 6 6. How has the amount of available information on candidates, along with the fact that candidates are spending more time in the public eye, changed voter behavior?

Question 7 7. While Thomas Hobbes' political views were in part influenced by the English Civil War and Interregnum, John Locke's were influenced by the _____.

Question 8 8. 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 9 9. 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 10 10. Locke believed that the social contract between monarch and subjects could be broken by the people if _____.

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Question 11 11. How did improved literacy in Europe and Franklin's circulation of Enlightenment ideals impact the world view of the eighteenth century?

Question 12 12. 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 13 13. Which of the following best defines the ability of individuals and groups to create and enforce policies and manage public resources?

Question 14 14. How does the presence of the Vice President impact the functioning of the Senate?

Question 15 15. Republicanism in America _____

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is a basic principle of democracy?

Question 17 17. The _____ theory of political power asserts that people who have the most resources have the most political power and make decisions for society.

Question 18 18. How did John Locke's ideas influence the American Enlightenment?

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. In a permanent campaign _____.

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Question 21 21. In a representative democracy, _____.

Question 22 22. Locke's 'Two Treatises of Government' were taken nearly verbatim and used to justify _____.

Question 23 23. Why did Deism play a large role in the principles of American Government?

Question 24 24. Which of the following did NOT influence Enlightenment thinking?

Question 25 25. A presidential nominee is talking about how he will completely reform the U.S. He has stated that he will propose a federal budget which will decrease the deficit by 50% in the next year, and that he will encourage a constructive relationship with China. He further states that he will recommend a law to increase pensions by 30%, and that he will retire all of the Supreme Court Justices and name new ones. Why are his remarks unconstitutional?

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Question 26 26. In a direct democracy, _____.

Question 27 27. Which of the following is NOT a function of the judicial branch?

Question 28 28. In a primary election _____.

Question 29 29. Which of the following theories states that political power should be held by groups?

Question 30 30. Which of the following is a current trend in American politics?

HiSET: The Study of American Government 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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