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The Study of American Government Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How did John Locke's ideas influence the American Enlightenment?

Question 2 2. Which of the following is NOT a factor in the rise of the permanent campaign?

Question 3 3. After a long, heated debate, the U.S. Congress has managed to agree upon two final versions of a gun control bill. However, each version has several contradicting stipulations. According to majoritarianism, what would be the best way to resolve the situation?

Question 4 4. What institution of higher learning did both Hobbes and Locke attend?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is a current trend in American politics?

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Question 6 6. Due to Hobbes' belief that man was inherently selfish and in need of a strong governmental hand, he concluded that the only correct form of government is _____.

Question 7 7. Locke's 'Two Treatises of Government' were taken nearly verbatim and used to justify _____.

Question 8 8. Which of the rules governing American politics tells us that the government's powers are limited by a written and defined legal framework, which is established as the highest law in the land?

Question 9 9. Which of the following refers to voter participation?

Question 10 10. Which of the following best defines the ability of individuals and groups to create and enforce policies and manage public resources?

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Question 11 11. The professor of a political science class asks his students to watch two short videos. In the first video, a member of Congress meets with his constituents to obtain their thoughts and opinions regarding a federal highway project that will directly affect them. In the second video, three politicians are gathered together discussing a plan to back one another's projects in a way that will help all of them profit at the expense of taxpayers. The professor asks the students which video demonstrates politics in action. Which of the following is the BEST answer?

Question 12 12. Individualism is the value that is committed to _____.

Question 13 13. Which value maintains that the United States is one indivisible nation and that Americans are a people bound by unbreakable ties?

Question 14 14. The president meets with the leaders of two countries that are currently involved in a conflict with one another. He leads them to acceptable compromises in order to diffuse tensions. Which definition of politics is seen in this example?

Question 15 15. Tom is campaigning for the California fifth district. He is attempting to speak to his entire potential constituency. One of his voters is only interested in the legalization of soft drugs and does not care about any other aspects of Tom's policy. He doesn't even care if such a policy would have a negative impact on the state. Which of the following best describes such a voter?

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Question 16 16. The value of _____ proclaims that people should be free to think, speak, and act as they choose as long as they do not offend the freedom and rights of others.

Question 17 17. Republicanism in America _____

Question 18 18. While Thomas Hobbes' political views were in part influenced by the English Civil War and Interregnum, John Locke's were influenced by the _____.

Question 19 19. The _____ theory of political power asserts that people who have the most resources have the most political power and make decisions for society.

Question 20 20. Locke believed that the social contract between monarch and subjects could be broken by the people if _____.

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Question 21 21. How did improved literacy in Europe and Franklin's circulation of Enlightenment ideals impact the world view of the eighteenth century?

Question 22 22. Which of the following is best suited for a capitalist system?

Question 23 23. Which of the following is NOT an example of the way democracy is exercised in the modern political system of the United States?

Question 24 24. Why did Deism play a large role in the principles of American Government?

Question 25 25. A hurricane hits the eastern coast of the United States, causing damage that stretches from Florida to Virginia. Representatives from each state make their cases for the amount of money needed from the federal emergency budget to repair this damage. Each representative claims to have greater needs than any other. Which definition of politics is illustrated in this example?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following best sums up the principle of limited government?

Question 27 27. You are a respected member of the community who has volunteered at the local dog shelter for many years. You minored in political science and have an M.B.A. in economics. You decide you want to run for political office. As you have been working as a teacher, you don't have that much money, nor connections to donors. Which of the following is a factor that might hamper your campaign?

Question 28 28. Congress recently voted on a law that would allow the retroactive principle of increased taxation. The president vetoed the bill, but was eventually overruled by a 2/3 majority of Congress. In the end, the Supreme Court declared the bill unconstitutional. Why is this an example of the separation of powers?

Question 29 29. A foreign country complains that you are emitting excessive greenhouse gases and not taking into account environmental sustainability. Which of the following could be used to defend your rule over your territory?

Question 30 30. An Iowa congressman wants to become governor. He declared that he would be running by stating: 'If I become governor, I will reduce state taxes by 5% and make sure that commerce within our borders prospers. The great state of Iowa needs to increase its exports, and we will print money to encourage inflation, which will help trade. Finally, I will make sure that all licenses are available online so the people do not have to waste their time.' Which of the following is a promise that the candidate and the state government would NOT be able to fulfill?

The Study of American 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!