Political Parties in the United States Government: Help and Review Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. All of the following are functions of political parties EXCEPT:

Question 2 2. Which of the following does NOT describe a political party?

Question 3 3. Which two presidents ushered in the formation of the second evolution of the two-party system in the United States?

Question 4 4. In the race for your congressional district seat, David Jones won 300,000 votes, which was 45% of the total vote, Mark Thompson won 298,000 votes, which was 44% of the total vote, and John Ceder won 20,000 votes, which was 11% of the total vote. For the next term, David Jones will represent your district in Congress. Evidently, your district uses which of the following electoral systems?

Question 5 5. The formal structure and organization of a political party is _____ than that of a Fortune 500 company.

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Question 6 6. Elections were held in a country with a proportional representation system. The Social-Democratic Party received 45% of the vote, the Unity Party received 30% of the vote, the Labour Party received 15% and the Movement for Progress received 10% of the vote. Which of the following is a possible party distribution if the Parliament has 100 seats and the minimum census a political party has to reach in order to be represented in Parliament is 5%?

Question 7 7. You have a list of people that includes some of their most basic traits. Which of the following individuals is most likely to be a supporter of the Republican Party?

Question 8 8. Which of the following is a term for a group of dedicated people who come together to win elections, operate the government, and determine public policy?

Question 9 9. During the years in between national conventions, who takes care of national party business?

Question 10 10. Which of the following are functions of third parties?

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Question 11 11. Which is NOT a way that perpetuates the existence of a two-party system in the United States?

Question 12 12. The major gathering to set the parties' political platform as well as nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates is called the _____.

Question 13 13. You live in a country where the number of legislative seats allocated to each political party is determined according to the vote percentages won by each political party in an election. What is this system of representation called?

Question 14 14. There are two ways a minor political party can be formed. One method involves being developed from scratch out of purely ideological beliefs. The other occurs when a party _____.

Question 15 15. Which of the original two major political parties centered around the formation of a strong centralized government?

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Question 16 16. Which historical event ushered in the final evolution of our two major political parties?

Question 17 17. The set of ideals and positions a political party has are called its _____.

Question 18 18. Which of the following is characteristic of a political party's organization and structure?

Question 19 19. Any political party outside of the established Republican and Democratic parties is referred to as a(n):

Question 20 20. Which of the following is NOT a mechanism for political change?

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Question 21 21. Your grandfather is telling you that he thinks there needs to be a change in the way the Republican Party is approaching the electorate. He is telling you about how it was done in the past when many voters switched party allegiance, which caused long-term shifts in the political process. What process is your grandfather describing?

Question 22 22. How would you describe the political party system of the United States?

Question 23 23. Which of the following represents a disadvantage for smaller political parties in a plurality system?

Question 24 24. The transition from the second evolution of our two-party system (Whigs and Democrats) to the current system of Democrats and Republicans began just prior to what war?

Question 25 25. What historical issue destroyed the Whig/Democratic party system?

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Question 26 26. Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, how were political parties based geographically?

Question 27 27. The birth of the two-party political system happened with the formal emergence of _____.

Question 28 28. Which of the following is a party committee in Congress that provides funds to members and would-be-members in Congress?

Question 29 29. Thomas lives in a multi-party system with proportional representation. He is thinking of some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in such a system. What might he consider to be an advantage?

Question 30 30. What do political parties and interest groups have in common?

Political Parties in the United States Government: Help and Review Chapter Exam Instructions

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