The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties


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Which of the following is NOT a mechanism for political change?

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1. Your grandfather is telling you that he thinks there needs to be a change in the way the Republican Party is approaching the electorate. He is telling you about how it was done in the past when many voters switched party allegiance, which caused long-term shifts in the political process. What process is your grandfather describing?

2. Tom describes himself as an independent and he has never been a member of either the Republican or the Democratic party. He has stated in multiple accounts that he always votes for the best candidate, regardless of his political affiliation. How would you best describe Tom?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Political parties have undergone a number of changes during the progression of America. This quiz focuses on the current political landscape.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is here so you can test your ability to:

  • Identify mechanisms for political change
  • Recognize a process when given its description
  • Know characteristics of swing voters
  • Select facts about the Republican and Democratic Parties

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from relevant information found in the lesson on current US political parties
  • Critical thinking - use this information to consider what is true about swing voters and political parties
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've gained about contemporary American politics

Additional Learning

If you're looking to learn more, the lesson titled The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties covers the following objectives:

  • Define several mechanisms for political change
  • Explain the current state of major American political parties
  • Know key terms such as constituencies