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Introduction to the Study of American Government Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. 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 2 2. 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 3 3. Which of the following is best suited for a capitalist system?

Question 4 4. When it comes to government, politics:

Question 5 5. Which of the following is a basic principle of democracy?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following is NOT an example of the way democracy is exercised in the modern political system of the United States?

Question 7 7. Which of the following refers to voter participation?

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. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 10 10. 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.

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Question 11 11. Which of the following best sums up the principle of limited government?

Question 12 12. One of the functions of the United States government listed in the preamble of the Constitution is _____.

Question 13 13. 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 14 14. Locke believed that the social contract between monarch and subjects could be broken by the people if _____.

Question 15 15. Which core principle states that the government operates only with the people's consent and authority?

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Question 16 16. 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 17 17. Which of the following is NOT a factor in the rise of the permanent campaign?

Question 18 18. 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 19 19. Which of the following theories states that political power should be held by groups?

Question 20 20. In which type of government does a king or queen hold supreme power over his or her nation?

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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. A hurricane hits the eastern coast of the United States, causing damage that stretches from Florida to Virginia. Representatives from each state make their cases for the amount of money needed from the federal emergency budget to repair this damage. Each representative claims to have greater needs than any other. Which definition of politics is illustrated in this example?

Question 23 23. 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 24 24. 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?

Question 25 25. How did improved literacy in Europe and Franklin's circulation of Enlightenment ideals impact the world view of the eighteenth century?

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Question 26 26. Due to Hobbes' belief than man was inherently selfish and in need of a strong governmental hand, he concluded the only correct form of government was _____.

Question 27 27. Which of the following statements defines a government?

Question 28 28. 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 29 29. 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?

Question 30 30. Which of the following best defines the ability of individuals and groups to create and enforce policies and manage public resources?

Introduction to the Study of American Government Chapter Exam Instructions

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