Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics


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The theory that states that society is divided along class lines and the only group with real power is the upper class is known as _____.

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1. A labor union is trying to push through a bill in Congress that would require a $15 minimum wage at the federal level. The Chamber of Commerce and the representatives of large corporations point out the danger of such a move. All of the groups have a certain amount of power, but in the end their influence is equal and everyone's opinion is represented. This is an example of which of the following?

2. Congress passed two bills concurrently due to pressure from the oil lobby and from a civil interest group. One bill enacted federal fines for excessive greenhouse gas emission, while the other increased the overall threshold of greenhouse gases each company could emit by 75%. Such contradictions best support which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

People have varying beliefs about the role of political interests groups in our democracy. This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the pluralist theory on political interest groups. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the characteristics of the elitist theory as well as knowing the characteristics of the pluralist theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Characteristics of the pluralist theory
  • Assumptions of the pluralist theory
  • Features of the hyperpluralist theory
  • How interest groups really operate in America
  • Characteristics of the elitist theory

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the characteristics of the elitist theory and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political interest groups lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the theories on interest group participation in American politics

Additional Learning

To become more informed about this political issue, review the corresponding lesson called Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics. This lesson will help you:

  • Describe what interest groups in politics are
  • Understand why such interest groups exist
  • Identify the main views of the roles of interest groups in American politics
  • Explain the characteristics of each group
  • Appreciate how the elitist and pluralist theories differ