Political Parties

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Question 1
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If we chose candidates through a "top two" bipartisan primary election

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A

candidates would have to appeal to a wider range of public opinion.

B

it would increase voter participation.

C

the major political parties might lose some of their influence.

D

it would be the end of the open primary system.

E

All of the above are true.

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Question 2
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During primary elections

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A

voters chose the candidates who will represent each party in the November general election.

B

candidates compete to be the advocate of the party's philosophy.

C

competition between candidates results in severe polarization.

D

campaigning can result in "purity" contests.

E

All of the above are true.

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Question 3
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In primary elections

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A

candidates appeal to a wide range of opinion to get votes.

B

candidates tend make moderate stands on issues.

C

partisan campaigning leads to less overall spending on campaigns.

D

candidates try to appeal to the more extreme members of their party.

E

All of the above are true.

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Question 4
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Today about how many voters call themselves independents?

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A

20 percent

B

40 percent

C

10 percent

D

50 percent

E

75 percent

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Question 5
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A voter or a candidate who does not identify with a political party is called

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a naysayer.

B

an independent.

C

a liberal.

D

a conservative.

E

a libertarian.

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Question 6
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Political parties differ from factions in that

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A
factions are large social movements.
B
factions are groups that left the party to start a new party.
C
factions are groups within parties that follow a particular leader or share an ideological viewpoint.
D
factions are a newer phenomenon than political parties.
E
Options A and B are true.
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Question 7
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A political party is a group of individuals who

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A
agree on all policy issues.
B
organize to win elections and operate the government.
C
pay monthly dues to an ideological organization.
D
have been elected to office and have obtained positions of power.
E
accept the decisions of the party's leaders.
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Question 8
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A political party differs from an interest group in that

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A
political parties want to operate the government and interest groups do not.
B
political parties do not want to operate the government and interest groups do.
C
individuals must pay dues to a political party but not to an interest group.
D
individuals in a political party agree on all major policy issues.
E
interest groups select candidates to run for office, political parties do not.
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Question 9
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The primary goal of an American political party is

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peaceably influencing the American public.
B
signing up large numbers of deeply committed members.
C
getting the party's candidates elected to office by winning elections.
D
collecting member dues.
E
trying to find the other party doing "bad" things.
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Question 10
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Functions of political parties in the United States include all of the following except

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operating the government.
B
acting as an organized opposition to the party in power.
C
signing up large numbers of dues-paying committed members.
D
recruiting candidates for public office.
E
presenting alternative policies to the electorate.
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Question 11
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The two-party system

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A
emerged as a consequence of the form of government created by the Constitution.
B
is a requirement in the Constitution.
C
emerged in the twentieth century.
D
was favored by George Washington.
E
Options A and D are true.
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Question 12
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The major functions of American political parties are carried out by

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A
elected party leaders.
B
leaders chosen by the President.
C
a small, relatively loose-knit nucleus of party activists.
D
a large group of highly organized volunteers.
E
dues-paying members.
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Question 13
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A political system in which only two parties have a reasonable chance of winning is called

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A
a bipartisan government.
B
a two-party system.
C
a bicameral system.
D
bifurcated government.
E
representative democracy.
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Question 14
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Which if the following is true?

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A
Political parties organize voter registration drives.
B
Political parties recruit volunteers to work at the polls on election day.
C
Political parties raise money for campaign materials.
D
Political parties work to raise awareness for their candidates and increase voter turnout.
E
All of the above are true.
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Question 15
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The first partisan political division in the United States was between

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the Democrats and the Republicans.
B
the Whigs and the Democrats.
C
the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.
D
the Whigs and the Tories.
E
the Whigs and the Republicans.
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Question 16
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George Washington viewed political parties as a

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necessity for the functioning of democracy.
B
tradition from colonial times that would always exist.
C
threat to national unity and popular government.
D
legitimate means for interest groups to attempt to gain control of the government.
E
vestige of politics under Great Britain and thus a thing of the past.
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Question 17
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All of the following statements about the early Republican Party are true except

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A
it was initially led by Thomas Jefferson.
B
it supported a strong, more active central government.
C
it was supported by artisans and farmers.
D
it supported states' rights.
E
in office, its members acquired Louisiana and established a national bank.
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Question 18
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All of the following statements about the early Democratic Party are true except

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it was an anti-slavery party.
B
it favored federal spending on internal improvements.
C
it was the party of the wealthy elites.
D
it was a branch of the Anti-Federalist Party
E
None of these statements are true.
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Question 19
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During the Civil War

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A
the issue of slavery did not affect the political party alignment.
B
the political parties realigned to form new parties, one in support of slavery and one opposed.
C
political parties were suspended until the end of the war.
D
the political parties unified behind President Lincoln.
E
All of the above are true.
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Question 20
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All of the following are true except

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A
the Republican Party was founded by uniting northern Whigs, antislavery Democrats, and members of the Free Soil Party.
B
southerners resented Republicans' role in defeating the South in the Civil War.
C
the Republicans after the Civil War supported business interests and evangelical Protestant cultural values.
D
the Republicans turned to supporting states' rights after the Civil War.
E
the Republicans opposed the prohibition of alcoholic beverages after the Civil War.
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