The Media and American Democracy Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following is NOT true about print media?

Question 2 2. Conservatives and liberals have very different views on healthcare reform. A news station places a story featuring the conservative point of view at the top of its newscast, while placing a short story on the liberal point of view at the end. This is an example of _____.

Question 3 3. Several reporters approach the governor as he exits a meeting. They shout questions, asking about his plan to deal with prison overcrowding. He replies, 'I don't have time for this.' One reporter prints that the governor isn't concerned about prison overcrowding and won't make the time to correct the issue. Why is this an example of bias by spin?

Question 4 4. Why did President Franklin Roosevelt use radio to deliver the 'fireside chats' to the general public?

Question 5 5. Brian watched a television news report about conflicts in Iraq. Before this, he didn't know much about this issue. This is an example of which media role?

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Question 6 6. Many media outlets have reported extensively on the long wait times for veterans seeking medical attention through VA hospitals. Several of those outlets neglected to cover the federal corruption and bureaucratic difficulties that led to the poor care of veterans. This is an example of _____.

Question 7 7. How was the political system impacted when candidates began presenting themselves on television in the 70's?

Question 8 8. Your favorite presidential candidate is appearing on a television talk show. You learn that your least favorite candidate will be on the same show the next day. The television station is likely honoring the _____.

Question 9 9. Connor used to work in the law office of one of the presidential candidates. Connor thinks the candidate is unethical and doesn't want them to be elected. Connor writes a letter expressing his opinion and posts it to his Facebook page and his Twitter feed. This is an example of which media role?

Question 10 10. Callie is browsing her Facebook feed. She notices that several of her friends are sharing articles from an organization called The Society for the Rehumanization of American Music. She goes to the organization's website and realizes she agrees with what they have to say about bringing imagination and soul back to modern music. Callie starts supporting and promoting their efforts. Callie's political attitude has been shaped through _____.

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Question 11 11. Any means of communication intended to reach a general, public audience is known as _____.

Question 12 12. If a news organization wants to do a story on the allocation of federal grant money, which of the following would be most helpful?

Question 13 13. Marge is running for public office. Her opponent suggests (falsely) on the evening news that Marge used state money to fund her personal vacation. Her opponent's accusation is an example of _____.

Question 14 14. Which media source, though declining in popularity, has an audience that tends to be more politically active?

Question 15 15. The host of a popular daytime radio show ignores his guest's use of profanity during their lively on-air conversation. This violates the FCC's _____.

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Question 16 16. Bill reads about a candidate's polling numbers on the online page of the New York Times. Which is the most specific way to describe how he gained this information?

Question 17 17. How does the increased use of social media affect political candidates?

Question 18 18. Which of the following is an example of the use of propaganda?

Question 19 19. Any choice that deals with government affairs, structure or politics is known as a _____.

Question 20 20. Which of the following is an example of the watchdog role of the media?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following is NOT an example of broadcast media?

Question 22 22. Which of the following is the BEST explanation for the largely unrestricted violence and adult content found on the Internet?

Question 23 23. Which of the following is an example of bias by labeling?

Question 24 24. A presidential candidate called John Smith sends most of his messages through Twitter. He also tries to maintain an active account on Facebook. These are his two main ways of communicating with voters. This means that he primarily relies on which of the following?

Question 25 25. Which of the following is associated with bias by selection of sources?

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Question 26 26. Why did television viewers of the Kennedy-Nixon debate have different opinions about who won than radio listeners?

Question 27 27. The Governor of Illinois decides he'd like to raise the minimum wage in his state. Before releasing any other information, his press secretary tweets: 'Governor to help millions by supporting wage increase.' This is an example of _____.

Question 28 28. Which of the following is the best example of the media acting as a platform?

Question 29 29. Sally knows the presidential election is this Tuesday, but she's not sure where to go to vote. She checks an article in her local newspaper and then finds directions using the Internet. This is an example of which media role?

Question 30 30. Mary decides she'd like to run for mayor. She posts the information on Facebook along with an offer for a free newsletter subscription to anyone who clicks the thumbs up button. Within a few hours, she sees that her approach has been widely successful. Mary is attempting to bring positive attention to her run for office through _____.

The Media and American Democracy 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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