U.S. Government & Politics - Multiple Choice

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about U.S. Government & Politics?
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1. Which of the following powers allows both the federal and state governments to make policies involving taxation?
Concurrent powers
Exclusive powers
Implied powers
Enumerated powers
2. In which of the following ways could the president try to limit the impact of a Supreme Court decision?
Instructing the Department of Justice to not enforce a provision of the decision
Calling for the removal of the Supreme Court justices
Passing legislation that overrides the Court’s opinion
Changing the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court
3. According to the United States Constitution, all revenue bills must
be passed by a conference committee
originate in the House of Representatives
be passed by two-thirds of the Senate
be reviewed by the Supreme Court
4. Which of the following illustrates an economic policy most likely supported by an ideologically liberal individual?
The Federal Reserve increasing interest rates
Congress increasing the minimum wage
A bill that would decrease funding for the food stamp program
A state lowering income taxes to attract businesses
5. Which of the following arguments best supports a claim that the electoral college violates democratic principles?
The winner-take-all system encourages candidates to campaign in every state, which limits the attention each state will receive from the candidates.
Electors are chosen by the voters in each state, which gives parties undue influence over candidates’ success.
The electoral college lacks transparency because electors frequently switch their vote during the national convention.
Smaller states are disproportionately advantaged by the two additional electoral votes granted to each state for its senators.
6. Which of the following important functions of democracy would most likely be more difficult without political parties?
Eliminating corruption in the bureaucracy
Educating the public about upcoming elections
Ensuring that only eligible voters can vote
Reducing gridlock in Congress
7. Which of the following is a consequence of candidate-centered campaigns?
The electoral success of third-party candidates sharply increases.
Parties tighten their control over candidate fund-raising to ensure compliance with regulations.
Candidates have less accountability for their positions because the importance of the party platform increases.
Candidates’ ability to appeal to voters can outweigh the importance of experience and policy positions
8. The legislative process at the national level of government reflects the intent of the framers of the Constitution to create a legislature that would be
less powerful than the executive
slow and deliberate in the law-making process
able to involve as many citizens as possible in the law making process
able to ensure that all citizens are equally represented
9. Which of the following best illustrates the concept of iron triangles?
The long-term relationships between agencies, congressional committees, and interest groups in specific policy areas
The tendency of interest groups to hire former legislators, lobbyists, and judges
The inability of third-party candidates to garner public attention through media coverage
The practice of congressional leaders diverting PAC funds meant for certain popular candidates to those in more competitive races
10. Which of the following statements describes a difficulty presidents face in the policy implementation process?
Members of the bureaucracy often lack the expertise to carry out the president’s preferred policies.
Members of the president’s Cabinet can be removed at any time by Congress.
Because of civil service laws, it is not easy for the president to remove professional bureaucrats when they disagree with the president’s agenda.
Congress generally gives specific details about how the laws they pass will be executed by members of the professional bureaucracy.
11. Which of the following scenarios would most likely be considered a violation of the Fourth Amendment?
A suspect is interrogated without being informed of the right to an attorney.
A person is tried twice for the same crime
A suspect’s cell phone is analyzed by police before a warrant is issued.
A person is prosecuted for a federal crime without a jury.
12. Which of the following policies is most likely to cause tension between the competing values of individualism and equality of opportunity?
Expanding the national defense system
Reducing environmental regulations
Decreasing funding for space exploration
Implementing affirmative action programs
13. Which of the following scenarios would be considered an unconstitutional use of state power?
A state passes a law that increases the pay of state legislators
A state enacts a law prohibiting smoking in all public places.
A state places a tax on furniture made overseas.
A state raises the drinking age to 25 years of age.
14. Bureaucratic rule-making is best defined as
guidelines issued by government agencies, which provide specific details about how a policy will be implemented
legally binding decisions made by Congress to constrain regulatory agencies
directions given by the president to the bureaucracy regarding how a specific policy will be applied
review and supervision of departments and agencies conducted by congressional committees
15. The president is most likely to use an executive order to make important policy when
Congress is dominated by the president’s party
a compromise cannot be reached with Congress
the Supreme Court is divided along ideological lines
a negotiation with foreign heads of state reaches an impasse
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