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History of Political Parties in the U.S. Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How would you describe the political party system of the United States?

Question 2 2. You live in a country where the number of legislative seats allocated to each political party is determined according to the vote percentages won by each political party in an election. What is this system of representation called?

Question 3 3. Which of the following is NOT correct regarding a multi-party system?

Question 4 4. How many years are there between national conventions?

Question 5 5. The major gathering to set the parties' political platform as well as nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates is called the _____.

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Question 6 6. During the years in between national conventions, who takes care of national party business?

Question 7 7. Which of the following represents a disadvantage for smaller political parties in a plurality system?

Question 8 8. How many votes does a candidate need to have in order to become a member of the U.S. Senate?

Question 9 9. In the race for your congressional district seat, David Jones won 300,000 votes, which was 45% of the total vote, Mark Thompson won 298,000 votes, which was 44% of the total vote, and John Ceder won 20,000 votes, which was 11% of the total vote. For the next term, David Jones will represent your district in Congress. Evidently, your district uses which of the following electoral systems?

Question 10 10. Which of the following are functions of third parties?

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Question 11 11. The most successful third party candidate to run for president was _____.

Question 12 12. According to a recent Gallup poll, what percentage of people were in favor of the formation of third parties?

Question 13 13. Which of the following is NOT a mechanism for political change?

Question 14 14. Your grandfather is telling you that he thinks there needs to be a change in the way the Republican Party is approaching the electorate. He is telling you about how it was done in the past when many voters switched party allegiance, which caused long-term shifts in the political process. What process is your grandfather describing?

Question 15 15. You have a list of people that includes some of their most basic traits. Which of the following individuals is most likely to be a supporter of the Democratic Party?

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Question 16 16. All of the following are functions of political parties EXCEPT:

Question 17 17. The formal structure and organization of a political party is _____ than that of a Fortune 500 company.

Question 18 18. Which of the following is a term for a group of dedicated people who come together to win elections, operate the government, and determine public policy?

Question 19 19. Which of the following does not describe an interest group?

Question 20 20. Which of the following does not describe a political party?

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Question 21 21. What do political parties and interest groups have in common?

Question 22 22. The transition from the second evolution of our two-party system (Whigs and Democrats) to the current system of Democrats and Republicans began just prior to what war?

Question 23 23. The final evolution of the two-party political system happened during the term of which U.S. President?

Question 24 24. Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, how were political parties based geographically?

Question 25 25. Which of the following people supported the formation of the Democratic-Republican party?

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Question 26 26. The birth of the two-party political system happened with the formal emergence of _____.

Question 27 27. Which of the following presidents, who served during the second evolution of the two-party system, was largely supported by banking and commercial interests?

Question 28 28. Legislative gridlock, in which a lack of coordination and cooperation between parties hinders governmental progress, happens in which type of political system?

Question 29 29. Which of the following is a party committee in Congress that provides funds to members and would-be-members in Congress?

Question 30 30. Elections were held in a country with a proportional representation system. The Social-Democratic Party received 45% of the vote, the Unity Party received 30% of the vote, the Labour Party received 15% and the Movement for Progress received 10% of the vote. Which of the following is a possible party distribution if the Parliament has 100 seats and the minimum census a political party has to reach in order to be represented in Parliament is 5%?

History of Political Parties in the U.S. Chapter Exam Instructions

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