The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups


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Which of the following does NOT describe a political party?

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1. Which of the following does NOT describe an interest group?

2. Interest groups exert their influence by engaging in what type of practice?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Both political parties and interest groups are found in the policy arena; however, their traits are very different, along with their goals. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the differences between interest groups and political parties.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The description of a political party
  • The description of an interest group
  • How interest groups exert their influence
  • Commonalities between political parties and interest groups
  • An example of a group of Democrats who don't follow majority opinion on fiscal policy

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - connect how each group tries to help its beneficiaries or constituents
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how the funds that are raised by these groups are spent
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as lobbying
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different groups in political parties

Additional Learning

To learn more about the players in the political system, review the accompanying lesson on Political Parties & Interest Groups. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between how political parties and interest groups raise funds
  • Identify the number of issues the members will have in common with the group
  • Explain what lobbying is
  • Differentiate between the goals of each group
  • Define campaign finance committee