The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election


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A presidential candidate will focus his efforts on states such as Florida, Michigan and Ohio. Why do you think he is interested in these states?

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1. The president is selected using 'voting representatives' from each state. What are these representatives called?

2. Presidential candidates are waiting for the results of the general election. Which of the following states will provide them with the most electoral votes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo test your knowledge of how modern presidential elections are conducted and how they have evolved from the concepts and practices of the founding fathers in the original 13 states to the system we have today.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In this worksheet you'll be tested on the definitions and your understanding of:

  • A state where candidates must focus their campaign because the state does not have strong support for a particular candidate
  • Voting representatives by state
  • The body of state voting representatives
  • The first political party in the U.S.
  • Popular vote versus the electoral vote in election results

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - Ensure that you can draw the most important information from the accompanying article and video on the evolution of the contemporary presidential election
  • Defining key concepts - Ensure that you can accurately identify main terms and phrases by their definition, such as the term for the collection of state voting representatives, and the first American political party
  • Making connections - Use your knowledge of the electoral and popular votes to understand their significance in modern elections
  • Knowledge application - Use your knowledge of the electoral process to identify how a U.S. president is elected

Additional Learning

To learn more about presidential elections, review the accompanying lesson titled The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Evolution of presidential elections from the first election to the most recent
  • The Winner Takes All method in elections
  • History of the first presidential election
  • Recent presidential elections and the significance of the electoral vote
  • The effect of state voting characteristics on modern elections and campaigns