Cleavage: Dividing Voters Into Voting Blocs


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Which of the following issues can you NOT practice cleavage and divide the electorate into voting blocs?

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1. The classical owner v. worker cleavage groups pit capitalist classes against whom?

2. In the urban v. rural voter cleavage blocs, which of the following terms best describes the typical urban voter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Political science uses several methods to divide voters into blocs, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of the topic with questions pertaining to the characteristics of different blocs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the characteristics and functions of:

  • Cleavage
  • The 'state' voter bloc
  • The urban voter bloc
  • Owner vs. worker

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the urban and rural voter blocs
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine the thought behind cleavage in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding cleavage pitting classes against each other and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the 'state' voter bloc

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Cleavage: Dividing Voters Into Voting Blocs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define cleavage and understand its uses in political science
  • Understand the cleavage example of owner vs. worker
  • Understand the cleavage example of church and state
  • Know the characteristics of urban, rural, and 'state' voter blocs