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References & Research in Political Science Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. A person with an inherently weak argument will often rely on _____ to convince people to support their side.

Question 2 2. A good argument should be won with _____.

Question 3 3. Why is the First Amendment crucial to effective public policy decision-making?

Question 4 4. Which of the following represents a logical fallacy?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is NOT a way to strengthen your presentation as a debater?

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Question 6 6. What are some examples of public records?

Question 7 7. Why are advocacy groups a possible place to look for information about a public issue?

Question 8 8. What are public issues?

Question 9 9. Research data mostly comes from _____.

Question 10 10. You have two sources of information about a public issue. Both authors seem to have a good reputation, you find their conclusions logical, but only the first one seems to concur with the consensus of the scientific community. What could you say about the credibility of this first source?

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Question 11 11. A survey is considered _____ because participants answer the questions themselves.

Question 12 12. John is at the doctor's office and is filling out a survey to give the doctor a better idea of his health habits. The survey contains a question about alcohol consumption. Even though John consumes significantly more than two alcoholic drinks a week, he reports this amount because he fears that if he reports a higher number he will give the impression that he is an alcoholic. What is this an example of?

Question 13 13. A researcher is trying to find out the religious views of the average American high school student. He administers a survey with questions regarding religious beliefs to students attending private schools in large cities. What is this an example of?

Question 14 14. The list of topics that surveys can cover is _____.

Question 15 15. An organization that promotes stricter censorship on television programs administers surveys to the public in which questions contain the term 'more restrictions on TV programs' rather than using the word 'censorship.' What is this an example of?

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Question 16 16. 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 17 17. Businesses that measure public opinion through strategic methods are known as:

Question 18 18. 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.

Question 19 19. This is a statistical measurement of how accurately the results of a poll reflect the real views of the population.

Question 20 20. 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?

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Question 21 21. A source that outlines the state of the research on a specific subject matter is best described as which of the following?

Question 22 22. A _____ generally contains peer-reviewed articles of an academic nature, while most _____ are not peer-reviewed and focus on news, current events, or issues of general interest.

Question 23 23. A source that is used to find research sources is known as which of the following?

Question 24 24. A research source that consists of an original document or a first hand account of an event or observation is known as which of the following?

Question 25 25. A published source that has been assessed by a group of experts in the field is known as what?

References & Research in Political Science Chapter Exam Instructions

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