Introduction to American Government Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Individualism is the value that is committed to _____.

Question 2 2. Which core principle states that the government operates only with the people's consent and authority?

Question 3 3. Which of the following is NOT a factor in the rise of the permanent campaign?

Question 4 4. In a _____, one leader, who is not elected and does not inherit his position, rules with absolute power, little restraint, and often violence.

Question 5 5. 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 _____.

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Question 6 6. 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 7 7. Which of the following is best suited for a capitalist system?

Question 8 8. The _____ theory of political power asserts that people who have the most resources have the most political power and make decisions for society.

Question 9 9. The value of _____ proclaims that people should be free to think, speak, and act as they choose as long as they do not offend the freedom and rights of others.

Question 10 10. Congress recently voted on a law that would allow the retroactive principle of increased taxation. 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. Why is this an example of the separation of powers?

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Question 11 11. Which value maintains that the United States is one indivisible nation and that Americans are a people bound by unbreakable ties?

Question 12 12. In a direct democracy, _____.

Question 13 13. 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 14 14. Due to Hobbes' belief that man was inherently selfish and in need of a strong governmental hand, he concluded that the only correct form of government is _____.

Question 15 15. 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?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is NOT an example of the way democracy is exercised in the modern political system of the United States?

Question 17 17. Which statement best describes democracy?

Question 18 18. Which type of government is controlled by a group of wealthy, powerful aristocrats?

Question 19 19. 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 20 20. Which of the following goals do the rules of American politics accomplish?

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Question 21 21. The U.S. government plays a large role in the country because its functions greatly affect citizens' _____.

Question 22 22. 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 23 23. In a permanent campaign _____.

Question 24 24. 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?

Question 25 25. In the country of Faketopia, citizens cannot vote public officials to office. Instead, the United Council of Faketopia has members that serve for life and appoint one another. The Council alone is in charge of creating, enforcing, and interpreting the laws that citizens must follow. According to this description, which of the following ideals does Faketopia lack?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following refers to voter participation?

Question 27 27. Which of the rules governing American politics tells us that the government's powers are limited by a written and defined legal framework, which is established as the highest law in the land?

Question 28 28. The president meets with the leaders of two countries that are currently involved in a conflict with one another. He leads them to acceptable compromises in order to diffuse tensions. Which definition of politics is seen in this example?

Question 29 29. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 30 30. Which definition summarizes the meaning of 'government'?

Introduction to American Government Chapter Exam Instructions

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