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AP Government Exam Prep Quiz #1
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Influences on the Formation and Adoption of the Constitution
1. The Constitutional Convention sought to replace the Articles of
Confederation because they
a. guaranteed a separation of powers
b. created a large central government
c. did not have the ability to tax and provide for the common
d. failed to provide for states' rights
e. favored larger states over smaller ones
A pivotal event that symbolized the problems with the Articles of
Confederation and demonstrated the need to reform the Articles
a. the failure of all states to send troops for defense against a new
British attack
b. Shays's Rebellion
c. a national tax to help pay the debt incurred by the Revolutionary
d. Bacon's Rebellion
e. Nat Turner's Rebellion
3. During the Articles of Confederation trade problems persisted
because all of the following EXCEPT
a. The national government was incapable of responding to other
nations' trade sanctions against the United States.
b. The United States didn't have much to export.
c. States with international ports charged states without ports more
for shipping.
d. Congress couldn't negotiate trade agreements.
e. Europeans were reluctant to create trade agreements that required
the agreement of each state legislature.
4. Popular uprisings in states such as Massachusetts, Virginia, and
Pennsylvania led state legislatures to overturn unpopular court
decisions and to
a. arrest tax collectors and judges
b. replace officials in counties and local districts
c. appeal for economic relief from the national government
d. alter property assessments and issue devalued money
e. station a standing militia in particular places of untest
5. The Constitution creates a system that prevents, in James
Madison's words, "a tyranny of the _____________”
a. states
b. majority
c. minority
d. government
e. military
6. The Anti-Federalists' opposition to the Constitution was predicated
on the belief that a strong central government would
a. empower the general public and undermine government
b. create states that were free to act in their own interests
c. strip states and individuals of their rights and the authority to
make laws
d. not be an effective way to deal with other nations
e. None of the above
7. The Federalist Papers-a series of essays by Alexander Hamilton,
James Madison, and John Jay-were originally meant to assist which
state to ratify the Constitution?
a. New York
b. New Jersey
c. Massachusetts
d. Pennsylvania
e. Connecticut
8. The Constitution differs from the Declaration of Independence in
that it does not focus on the individual rights of the governed, but
rather on:
a. the rights of the government
b. the synthesis of government and citizen
c. the structure and function of the government
d. the promotion of a republican system
e. the reduction of state government authority
9. The primary economic failure of the Articles of Confederation was
a. national debt needed to be paid off by individual states
b. Congress could not collect taxes
c. there was no system for states to pay back their debts
d. individuals were taxed directly by the national government
e. there was no money to fund state militias
The Seperation of Powers and Checks and Balances
10. The commerce clause expands Congress's power, because it gives
the national legislature the authority to:
a. collect taxes from individual citizens
b. nationalize certain legislative policy
c. collect taxes from private businesses
d. supersede state law
e. own certain industries
11. The constitutional provision that allows Congress to expand its
legislative power is the
a. implied powers clause
b. commerce clause
c. supremacy clause
d. necessary and proper clause
e. take care clause
12. The mutual vetoes in the separation of powers and checks and
balances system ensures that generally:
a. national and state power remain separate
b. state governments have some political power
c. government officeholders remain honest
d. politicians work for their constituents
e. powerful individual candidates have more influence over policy
13. The Constitution grants Congress explicit powers in
a.Article I, Section 3
Article I, Section 7
c.Article I, Section 8
Article I, Section 6
e.Article I, Section 5
14. The Seventeenth Amendment altered the original structure of dual
federalism toward shared federalism by
a. creating a national income tax
b. allowing the direct election of senators
c. allowing the federal government to prevent the sale of alcohol
d. allowing women the right to vote
e. providing due process to state law
15. The type of federalism where national and state governments
jointly supervise the citizenry is called:
a. hybrid
b. dual
c. sovereign
d. shared/cooperative
e. bounded
16. Which of the following is a key component of federalism?
a.The national government supersides other, lower levels
Each level of government is independent from other levels.
c.Lower levels of government do not exert political leverage on
higher levels.
Separate responsibilities are given to people and territories.
e.Federalism allows for self-governance at the local level.
17. Federalism is a hybrid arrangement of two forms of government
a.parliamentary and republican
confederation and unitary
c.parliamentary and unitary
republican and democracy
e.confederation and democracy
18. Federal laws that allow states to administer joint federal-state
programs are orders
crossover sanctions
c.partial preemptions
federal mandates
e.crosscutting requirements
Direct orders regarding federal mandates are:
pivotal requirements in the administration of funds
requirements that can be enforced by legal and civil penalties
requirements made by state governments to ensure continued
federal support
requirements of each citizen participating in the particular
requirements of the federal government to fulfill the
stipulations of a program
20. Under the federal system, the type of federal grant-in-aid that
causes states to spend less carefully is the:
a. block grant
b. funding grant
c. matching grant
d. special needs grant
e. Treasury grant
21. Statutes that apply certain rules and guidelines to a broad array
of federally subsidized programs are:
a. crosscutting requirements
b. crossover sanctions
c. direct orders
d. partial preemptions
e. federal mandates
22. Stipulations of government funding that require states to adhere
to guidelines of an unrelated program are
a. crosscutting requirements
b. federal mandates
c. direct orders
d. crossover sanctions
e. partial preemptions
23. The amendment that applies the rights guaranteed in the Bill of
Rights to state law is the
a. Thirteenth
b. Fifteenth
c. Fourteenth
d. Sixteenth
e. Seventeenth
24. What Supreme Court case began to establish the extended reach
of federal authority?
a. McCulloch v. Maryland
b. Marbury v. Madison
c. Gibbons v. Ogden
d. Gitlow v. New York
e. Near v. Minnesota
Part 2: Political Beliefs and Behaviors
Beliefs that Citizens Hold about Their Government and Its
Public opinion on foreign policy is usually particularly
responsive to opinion leadership because
a. except in times of direct threat, citizens leave foreign
affairs to government experts
b. there are well-established foreign policy think tanks
c. the news media cover government action sufficiently
d. few people pay sustained attention to foreign affairs
e. foreign policy is highly consistent
26. An example of a contradiction in what people believe the
government should do economically for social welfare is:
a. higher taxes but less government action
b. lower taxes but more government action
c. lower taxes but less government action
d. higher taxes but more government action
e. None of the above
Party politics is an important identifier for voters because:
a. past performance is a better criterion than future promises for
preferred results
b. it allows them to express themselves more easily
c. it is an automatic organization of like-minded individuals
d. political attitudes are validated for the individual
e. there is more strength with greater collective representation
Moral and social issues defy political resolution because:
a. people tend to leave the argument to advocacy groups
b. people do not like to express their opinions on controversial
c. wide disagreement on values leaves little room for agreement
d. politicians are reluctant to try to legislate such issues
e. advocacy groups are too entrenched in the politics of the
29. Individuals may show political ambivalence toward an issue
a. their attitudes and beliefs are pulled in different directions
b. they are not concerned about the issue
c. the issue contradicts their political attitude
d. they are uninformed on the issue
e. they are well informed on the issue
30. Aggregate public opinion is a more important measure of voter
attitudes than individual public opinion because:
a. it takes all views into account
b. it truly represents the mood of the electorate
c. it is stable and coherent over time
d. it is more statistically accurate
e. it better informs policy decisions
31. The egalitarian nature of the American political system tolerates
large differences in the wealth of individuals and groups due to:
a. a belief in free-market capitalism
b. a belief in political equality, not economic equality
c. a belief in a true democracy
d. a belief in a democratic republic
e. a belief in individual success
32. All of the following explain general distrust in politicians in
recent decades EXCEPT:
a. The government wastes tax money.
b. Politicians are controlled by special interests.
c. Voters are better informed than in the past.
d. Politicians do not care about ordinary people.
e. Public officials are corrupt.
Processes by Which Citizens Learn about Politics
33. The process of acquiring political attitudes is known as:
a. political realization
b. political education
c. political socialization
d. political culturalizaton
e. political understanding
34. Which of the following situations is most likely to change
political attitudes?
a. Starting a small business
b. Winning the lottery
c. Being downsized at work
d. Having Children
e. All of the above
35. The coherence of aggregate public opinion is based on:
a. opinion leaders who combine information from various
b. citizens' general knowledge about politics
c. the clearly defined positions of politicians
d. the research individuals do on an issue or issues
e. the effectiveness of campaign advertising
The Nature, Sources, and Consequences of Public Opinion
36. Two industries that developed due to the political importance of
public opinion are:
a. news corporations and public relations
b. scientific polling and newswire services
c. scientific polling and public relations
d. news corporations and newswire services
e. news corporations and scientific polling
37. Conservative ideology differs from liberal ideology in that
a. prefer less defense spending
b. have greater faith in the free market
c. do not think the government should legislate morality
d. believe that military force should not be used as often in
international politics
e. All of the above
38. Attitudes are not always defined by an allegiance to a particular
ideology, rather, individuals may use:
a. the perspective of the surrounding community
b. core values
c. the opinions of family and friends
d. information from news reports
e. political party allegiance
39. Individuals' political opinions often reflect collective experience
rather than personal experience due to:
a. the influence of friends and family
b. few people expressing an opinion unless they know others
share it
c. politics being the provision of collective goods
d. the influence of the political action they see on the local level
e. their level of education
Voting Tendancies and Political Participation
40. Ultimately, people vote because they:
a. want their voices to be heard
b. are part of a coalition regarding an issue
c. want to ensure their candidates' success
d. derive personal satisfaction from voting
e. believe that their votes make a difference
4th and 5th here Tuesday
41. All of the following give incumbents seeking re-election an
advantage EXCEPT:
a. a proven track record
b. affiliation with a party out of fear
c. name recognition
d. established political machinery
e. substantial campaign finances
42. Campaign money is regulated because of all of the following
a. Taxpayers partially finance presidential campaigns.
b. Money can undermine political equality.
c. Candidates need to keep track of what their opponents are
d. Private financing leads to suspicion of politicians serving
their donors.
e. Pursuit of money can discredit electoral victory.
43. Regarding campaign financing, the Federal Election Campaign
Act (FECA) of 1971:
a. required full reporting of contributions and expenditures
b. restricted public funding for all federal campaigns
c. allowed unlimited contribution amounts
d. set deadlines for when candidates had to announce their
e. All of the above
44. FECA was challenged in which Supreme Court case?
a. Kelo v. City of New London
b. Buckley v. Valeo
c. Baker v. Carr
d. South Dakota v. Dole
e. Clinton v. City of New York
45. The ultimate barrier to a more egalitarian campaign finance
system is the:
a. unequal distribution of wealth
b. First Amendment
c. desire of elected officials to change the system
d. power of special interest groups
e. lack of high voter turnout
2nd here Wednesday
Factors Affecting Differences in Political Beliefs and Behaviors
46. Mobilizing the electorate may have an inherent class bias because:
a. politicians try to focus on gaining support from
underrepresented communities.
b. politicians spend their resources on voters who are similar to
c. people don't vote just because they are asked
d. politicians spend their resources on large population centers
e. people are partisan based on cultural experience
Part 3: Political Parties, Interest Groups, and the Mass Media
Political Parties and Elections
47. The primary incentive for the creation and continuation of
political parties is:
a. to allow ideas and issues to coalesce around a central
b. to organize so as to win majorities in multiple settings
c. to formulate coalitions to pass legislation
d. to gain control of the machinery of government
e. to successfully execute powers granted in the Constitution
2nd here Wednesday
48. Political parties build stable legislative and electoral alliances by:
a. enabling national officials to coerce local officials
b. creating coalitions of interests
c. establishing a central agreement of shared interests or values
d. undermining the efforts of political opponents
e. maintaining the status quo
49. The cohesive, organized structure of political parties is designed
primarily to:
a. mobilize voters
b. ensure that local members follow national leaders
c. streamline messages
d. provide funding for candidates
e. enact legislation
50. Successful political parties continually develop:
a. ideologically pure candidates
b. new electoral technologies
c. arguments around key issues
d. connections between the regional and national levels
e. effective legislation
3rd here Wednesday
51. Political parties use labels, messaging, and issues to organize
members of the party in order to:
a. offer voters cues as to where politicians stand on issues
b. keep politicians in line
c. ensure collective responsibility for the party's success
d. differentiate themselves from opponents
e. All of the above
5th here wednesday
52. The long-standing two-party structure in American government is
due to Duverger's law, which states that:
a. people act in their own interests
b. people will vote with the party with which they identify
regardless of candidate qualifications
c. people vote for less objectionable major-party candidates if
their first choice cannot win
d. people are uninformed and rely on polls to make voting
e. people are more likely to be independent only if they live in
a region dominated by one party
53. An alternative to the winner-take-all system of American elections
that would undermine the two-party system is:
a. exclusive representation
b. proportional representation
c. regional representation
d. inclusive representation
e. national representation
54. The organization of a two-party system benefits from federalism
a. the parties' strengths lie in their uniformity from regional to
national levels
b. decentralized policymaking allows local parties to work together
to elect national leaders
c. national leaders cannot maintain the diverse local coalitions
d. the autonomy of the state and national government allows
political parties to tailor objectives according to region
e. the spheres of influence of local and national leaders can remain
separate to avoid alienating constituents in one region through
support of constituents in another region.
55. Modern political parties cannot run party machines that control
all aspects of electoral outcomes because of which of the following
a. The Australian ballot
b. The primary system
c. Civil Service reform
d. Tighter registration laws
e. All of the above
56. Progressive Era reforms to political parties ended the party
machine structure and caused which of the following consequences?
a. Higher voter turnout
b. Lower voter turnout
c. Diversity among groups depending on the issue
d. Diversity among issues depending on the group
e. Higher voter turnout among the poor and uneducated
57. Political parties make mass democracy possible because they do
all of the following EXCEPT:
a. recruit and train leaders
b. foster political participation
c. forge public opinion via elections
d. teach new citizens democratic habits and practices
e. organize the activities of government
58. Candidate-centered rather than party-centered politics flourished
in twentieth-century American politics because:
a. population movement out of the cities weakened the party
b. political parties no longer controlled nominations
c. new election laws prevented third parties
d. individual candidates become savvier
e. there was no longer a need to package candidates
Interest Groups, Including Political Action Committees (PACs)
59. The link of interest groups and the political process often causes
a. policy gridlock
b. more citizens to be heard
c. a stronger relationship between citizens and elected officials
d. a disconnect between citizens and elected officials
e. the enactment of more policies through legislation
60. The most frequent method that interest groups use to influence
policy is:
a. petitioning the offices of elected officials
b. cultivating relationships with elected officials
c. providing expert testimony on a subject
d. pitting elected officials against each other for popular
e. creating a policy interest where there may not be one