NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Political Process Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. 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 2 2. How are electoral votes divided?

Question 3 3. A Democratic President has finished his two terms in office. The Democratic nominee is considering whether he will invite the current president to campaign with him. How should the nominee make his decision?

Question 4 4. Which of the following best describes a single member electoral district?

Question 5 5. Voters who incorporate the political views of different parties and end up not identifying with any particular group are referred to as _____.

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Question 6 6. Proportional representation in each district is possible in what type of system?

Question 7 7. Political Action Committees (PACs) influence legislators through:

Question 8 8. Which of the following is NOT an example of an economic interest group?

Question 9 9. What has the largest influence on a voter's decision?

Question 10 10. This type of election begins a period of time of dominancy for a political party:

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Question 11 11. This is an election held in order to fill a position that became vacant between regular elections:

Question 12 12. Barry would normally vote in a presidential election, but this year he is attending graduate school in another state and the whole process for getting an absentee ballot seems overwhelming. Barry and many of his fellow graduate students decide they'll just skip this election. Barry's non-participation is caused by a(n) _____.

Question 13 13. This fund provides public money to be used on presidential campaigns during the general election:

Question 14 14. This was an attempt to reform campaign finance by prohibiting soft money and large contributions to national party organizations:

Question 15 15. John Stanford is a Democratic candidate in the 2020 Presidential election. Thomas, a Republican, wants to vote for him because of John's recent speech in which he indicated that, if elected, he would make sure that the number of incidents involving the use of automatic weapons would decrease. Which of the following best describes why Thomas chose to vote for John?

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Question 16 16. Members of the Republican political party are likely to do all of the following, except:

Question 17 17. This type of election occurs when the dominant political party wins the election and remains in power:

Question 18 18. Samantha is finally old enough to vote but she really has no interest in the political process. She thinks one person's vote can't really make a difference and doesn't even plan to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Samantha is displaying _____.

Question 19 19. An interest group is an organized group of individuals with common _____ who are actively trying to influence policy makers.

Question 20 20. This act requires political candidates to disclose their donors and restricts campaign donations:

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Question 21 21. The system most often used in US elections is:

Question 22 22. This is an obligation that is social, not legal, to participate in the political process.

Question 23 23. Mark wants to run for city council but he needs 200 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot. Mark doesn't have time to get 200 people to sign, so he has 20 friends each sign the petition 10 times. This is an example of:

Question 24 24. Which of these is NOT a commonly cited institutional barrier to participation in the political process?

Question 25 25. Political participation that includes activities sometimes considered to be inappropriate, but not illegal, is called _____.

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Question 26 26. This type of election occurs when the dominant political party is temporarily removed from power:

Question 27 27. How many total Electoral College votes are there?

Question 28 28. This is a preliminary election where only those voters registered with the political party can vote in that party's election:

Question 29 29. Political participation that involves traditional or expected activities is known as _____.

Question 30 30. Which term describes a system in which the number of seats held by members of a political party in a legislature is determined by the number of votes its candidates receive in an election?

NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Political Process Chapter Exam Instructions

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