Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict


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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?

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1. 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?

2. 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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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The definition of politics has been highly debated over the years. Test your understanding of these concepts of politics with these assessments. Knowledge of the definitions as well as concepts of politics are necessary to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Definition of politics
  • Role of politics in government
  • Facts about politics

Skills Practiced

The assessments will allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of politics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the definition of politics
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about the concepts of politics, review the lesson Politics: Definition and Source of Government Conflict. The objectives covered include:

  • Understand the definition of politics
  • Review the components of politics
  • Know the ways different individuals defined politics
  • Understand the debate around defining politics