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Political Parties in the United States Government Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Interest groups exert their influence by engaging in what type of practice?

Question 2 2. Which of the original two major political parties centered around the formation of a strong centralized government?

Question 3 3. The most successful third party candidate to run for president was _____.

Question 4 4. Which historical event ushered in the final evolution of our two major political parties?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is characteristic of a political party's organization and structure?

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Question 6 6. Tom describes himself as an independent and he has never been a member of either the Republican or the Democratic party. He has stated in multiple accounts that he always votes for the best candidate, regardless of his political affiliation. How would you best describe Tom?

Question 7 7. The birth of the two-party political system happened with the formal emergence of _____.

Question 8 8. 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 9 9. Which of the following are functions of third parties?

Question 10 10. Which two presidents ushered in the formation of the second evolution of the two-party system in the United States?

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Question 11 11. 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 Democratic Party?

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

Question 14 14. Which is NOT a way that perpetuates the existence of a two-party system in the United States?

Question 15 15. Which of the following is NOT correct regarding a multi-party system?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following does NOT describe an interest group?

Question 17 17. Legislative gridlock, in which a lack of coordination and cooperation between parties hinders governmental progress, happens in which type of political system?

Question 18 18. 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 19 19. What historical issue destroyed the Whig/Democratic party system?

Question 20 20. 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%?

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Question 21 21. Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, how were political parties based geographically?

Question 22 22. Which of the following is NOT a mechanism for political change?

Question 23 23. During the years in between national conventions, who takes care of national party business?

Question 24 24. Which of the following does NOT describe a political party?

Question 25 25. 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 _____.

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Question 26 26. 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 27 27. Who speaks on behalf of an entire political party on a national level?

Question 28 28. Which of the following people supported the formation of the Democratic-Republican party?

Question 29 29. The final evolution of the two-party political system happened during the term of which U.S. President?

Question 30 30. Which of the following is NOT true concerning a proportional representation system?

Political Parties in the United States Government 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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