Partisanship in U.S. Elections


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This type of election occurs when the dominant political party wins the election and remains in power:

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1. This type of election occurs when the dominant political party returns to power after a temporary displacement:

2. This type of election begins a period of time of dominancy for a political party:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Partisanship plays a significant role in the election system of the United States, and you can use this printable worksheet and quiz to assess your understanding of the concept. Quiz questions will inquire about various types of election scenarios and a critical election.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be asked to identify the type of election in which:

  • Dominant political party wins and remains in power
  • A period of dominance begins for a party
  • Dominant party is temporarily removed from power
  • Party returns to power after temporary displacement
  • A 'Critical Election' occurs

Skills Practiced

Students will have a chance to exemplify their skills in the following:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related U.S. government and politics lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding various types of elections and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding partisanship in the United States to answer relevant practice questions

Additional Learning

The complementary lesson, Partisanship in U.S. Elections, will provide an opportunity for further discussion on this political subject. Some objectives within the lesson include:

  • Define partisanship and its role in the election system
  • Differentiate between the multiple types of elections which could occur in U.S. elections
  • Know historical examples of these types of elections