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American Political Culture, Opinion & Behavior Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which phenomena characterized the 2012 presidential election?

Question 2 2. In which stage of life does most political socialization occur?

Question 3 3. We can't expect everyone to vote. However, if everyone stops believing in the power of voting, the democratic process ceases. This is an example of which principle?

Question 4 4. A measure of an individual's or a family's economic and social position based on education, income and occupation is called _____.

Question 5 5. Juan wants to know the opinion of the college student population regarding the use of student loans to cover college costs. In order to do this, he decides to ask eight of his closest friends what they think about the topic. Will the results of this poll be valid?

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Question 6 6. Businesses that measure public opinion through strategic methods are known as:

Question 7 7. There are many reasons why people choose to participate in the political process. Which of the reasons listed is NOT a commonly cited reason why people choose to participate?

Question 8 8. Sabotage, vandalism, wiretapping, forgery, and any act of terrorism are all considered to be _____, a last resort that is highly discouraged.

Question 9 9. Sarah can't help but feel that her vote in the upcoming election really isn't going to count for anything. To her, the whole election process seems rigged in favor of the rich. She's decided it's just not worth participating in the election. Sarah's situation illustrates nonparticipation stemming from _____.

Question 10 10. Barry has been chosen to give a presentation on the American belief in the right to be free as long as another's rights aren't harmed. A good term for Barry's topic is _____.

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Question 11 11. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution conferred citizenship upon birth, an act that protected the rights of newly freed slaves. This and other Amendments ensure the _____ of U.S. citizens.

Question 12 12. This is a statistical measurement of how accurately the results of a poll reflect the real views of the population.

Question 13 13. Thomas is polling people in his state to get a sense of their general political views. He polls all of the shoppers that exit an upscale furniture store. How could Thomas change his polling tactics in order to reduce sampling errors?

Question 14 14. Political participation that includes activities sometimes considered to be inappropriate, but not illegal, is called _____.

Question 15 15. Which of these is NOT a commonly cited institutional barrier to participation in the political process?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is NOT a popularly cited reason why eligible voters choose not to vote?

Question 17 17. 'Patriotism' is a synonym for _____.

Question 18 18. A key American belief is that citizens are in partnership with their government. Within this relationship, the government guarantees rights to the citizens, and the citizens have responsibilities to the government. This belief about our political system is called _____.

Question 19 19. Many Americans are characterized as having an 'independent spirit' and free will. These characteristics are associated with which principle of American political culture?

Question 20 20. A researcher wants to know the public's opinion about a new government regulation. He chooses to poll ten people that he finds eating together at a restaurant. Which of the following statements is true about this poll?

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Question 21 21. How would someone who understands the American belief in equality and is on the lookout for violations of this principle, interpret the story of a hardworking high school student who applied but was not accepted to any college?

Question 22 22. Why should American citizens expect to deal with the consequences of their actions even as they are considered to be sovereign in their own lives?

Question 23 23. The common cultural goals in our country, such as freedom, equality and liberty, are examples of _____.

Question 24 24. In 2012, a majority of the citizens of Puerto Rico voted for statehood. Based on this information we can infer that in Puerto Rico the _____ is that statehood is the best political status for the island.

Question 25 25. The process by which people form their ideas about politics is known as _____.

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Question 26 26. Which of the following can influence public opinion?

Question 27 27. A system of general political traditions, customs and beliefs is known as _____.

Question 28 28. This is an obligation that is social, not legal, to participate in the political process.

Question 29 29. People who influence the opinions of others by openly and publicly expressing their ideas are known as _____.

Question 30 30. Political participation that involves traditional or expected activities is known as _____.

American Political Culture, Opinion & Behavior 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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