American Government

Political Science

Quiz 1 :

Five Principles of Politics

Quiz 1 :

Five Principles of Politics

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The goal of politics, as it involves government, is to have a say in what government does, what its policies will be, who will carry out those policies, and the like.In other words, the goal is synonymous with:
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If the populace has some direct role in political decision making, the government is most likely:
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Autocracy can best be defined as rule by:
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Efforts to gain power, influence those in power, bring new people to power, or throw current leaders out are forms of:
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An elected school board and a superintendent who together create, vote upon, and administer district-wide policies for a large public school system, and the combined branches of the federal government are similar in that they constitute ____________.
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The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, formed after the country's 1979 revolution, is an odd beast.A core of religious clerics, including a supreme leader, have the ultimate authority there.However, following the revolution, compromise between different factions led religious leaders to allow some elections.Today, citizens there still elect legislative and executive officials, although the clerical rulers decide who can run.The Iranian government would thus seem to hew closest to this type:
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When a small group of landowners, military officers, or wealthy merchants controls most of the governing decisions, the government is said to be a(n):
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English philosopher Thomas Hobbes suggested that life outside of a society with government would be "nasty, brutish, and short" and filled with continual fear because:
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Limitations on the actions of monarchs in European countries first came into being with the advent of a social class, the _____________ (French for "free people of the city"), whose name later came to be synonymous with "middle class."
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The United States was the first country in the world founded mainly by people of the:
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In American democracy, most citizens rarely dwell-or ever have to dwell, you could say-on the minutiae of domestic public policy proposals or analysis of international concerns because they:
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The relationship between a representative and his or her constituents, in which constituents essentially "hire" the representative to act on their behalf is known as a(n):
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Americans participate in government in many ways, including lobbying, volunteering for campaigns, and protesting, but most do so primarily through:
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A good that may be enjoyed by anyone, if provided, and that may not be denied to anyone once it has been provided is called a(n):
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In modern democracies, the process of having people select leaders to make policy decisions on their behalf is known as __________.
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Political scientists would most accurately classify a governing system that recognizes no formal limits on its power, and seeks to absorb or eliminate other social institutions that might challenge it, as:
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The key to securing the sort of representation that one wants in government, as a citizen, is __________.
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In recent years, Americans have named government as the nation's top problem in surveys, edging out policy issues related to the economy and national security.Many have suggested that their more specific complaint with American government is its perceived inability to get things done.This suggests that many people in the United States see a problem with its:
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A system of rule that allows citizens to play a significant part in the governmental process, usually through the selection of key public officials, is called:
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The national government of the United States is a ______________ one, in that it has specific limits on what it can control, and how it can exercise such control.
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