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Political Culture, Public Opinion & Civic Behavior: Help and Review Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Many Americans are characterized as having an 'independent spirit' and free will. These characteristics are associated with which principle of American political culture?

Question 2 2. This is a statistical measurement of how accurately the results of a poll reflect the real views of the population.

Question 3 3. 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 4 4. Which of the following is NOT a popularly cited reason why eligible voters choose not to vote?

Question 5 5. Which general principle assumes that people make logical decisions that provide them with the greatest benefit in their best self-interest?

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Question 6 6. Which phenomena characterized the 2012 presidential election?

Question 7 7. 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 8 8. Tamara explains to her little sister that in the U.S. citizens take part in the government through their elected representatives. What key American concept is Tamara explaining?

Question 9 9. A pollster asks you, 'Are you in favor of the death penalty for serial killers?' What's wrong with this public opinion polling question?

Question 10 10. The process by which people form their ideas about politics is known as _____.

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Question 11 11. In which stage of life does most political socialization occur?

Question 12 12. A system of general political traditions, customs and beliefs is known as _____.

Question 13 13. Political participation that involves traditional or expected activities is known as _____.

Question 14 14. The common cultural goals in our country, such as freedom, equality and liberty, are examples of _____.

Question 15 15. This is one of the oldest and best-known American polling organizations. It is known for publishing timely public opinion research on a multitude of topics.

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Question 16 16. 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 17 17. 'Patriotism' is a synonym for _____.

Question 18 18. 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 19 19. Political participation that includes activities sometimes considered to be inappropriate, but not illegal, is called _____.

Question 20 20. 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?

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Question 21 21. 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 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. 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. 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 25 25. A key American belief is that citizens are in partnership with their government. Within this relationship, the government grants rights to the citizens, and the citizens have responsibilities to the government. This belief about our political system is called _____.

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Question 26 26. 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 27 27. The notion of a separation of powers and the system of checks and balances promoted by the U.S. Constitution are two examples of _____ in the United States.

Question 28 28. 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 _____.

Question 29 29. A measure of an individual's or a family's economic and social position based on education, income and occupation is called _____.

Question 30 30. Amanda lives in a beach community. Her city is considering rezoning a strip of land on the beach to allow a high-rise condominium to be built. Amanda is against the idea since there are no other high-rise buildings in her community. She participates in a small demonstration outside the city council meeting in an attempt to get council members to vote against the proposal. This is an example of:

Political Culture, Public Opinion & Civic Behavior: Help and Review 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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