American Government MCQs

American Government MCQs

Answer these 100+ American Government MCQs and assess your grip on the subject of American Government.
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1: Proponents of the ""new federalism"" argue that __________.

A.   Only the federal government

B.   That local governments do not have any inherent sovereignty

C.   The power of state governments should be expanded

D.   Cooperative

2: Members of the ________ generate more mail to congress than any other group.

A.   NRA




E.   NEA

3: Most u.s. high schools emphasize learning based on _____, which is developmentally appropriate.

A.   Formal thinking

B.   Memorization

C.   Practical cognition

D.   International standards

4: Denaturalization is _____.

A.   The accepting of refugees from another country

B.   The process of giving up citizenship

C.   The removal of aliens from the country

D.   The removal of citizenship by court order

5: Congress has expressed powers, implied powers, and _____ powers.

A.   Delegated

B.   Inherent

C.   Judicial

D.   Unlimited

6: Congress is a ________ legislature with ______ members.

A.   Bicameral, 535

B.   Apportionment, 654

C.   Patronage, 521

D.   Presidential, 510

7: Custer's cavalry was wiped out at the ____.

A.   Battle of Little Bighorn

B.   Homestead Act

C.   Assimilation

D.   Inflation

8: A _____________ system of government is one in which the central government has ______________.

A.   Federal; almost all the power

B.   Unitary; equal power with the states/provinces

C.   Unitary; almost all the power

D.   Federal; almost no real power

E.   Confederal; almost all the power

9: Under the mayor-council system, the ________.

A.   Legislative and executive responsibilities are separated

B.   Political and administrative functions are separated

C.   Mayor chairs the city council

D.   City council selects the mayor

10: The assimilation of native americans was a goal of _____.

A.   The Dawes general allotment act

B.   Political and administrative functions are separated

C.   Mayor chairs the city council

D.   City council selects the mayor

11: The americans with disabilities act is enforced by the _____.

A.   Department of Labor

B.   National Labor Relations Board

C.   Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

D.   Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

12: You can minimize the force of impact in a collision by __________.

A.   Striking an object at a wide angle

B.   Striking a narrow object rather than a broad one

C.   A and B

D.   None

13: A party might be reluctant to use proportional representation primaries because they __________.

A.   Determining the president through popular vote

B.   During the national party convention

C.   Twenty-Sixth

D.   Can lengthen the nomination process

14: ________ typically has the highest voter turnout among the states.

A.   Minnesota

B.   South Carolina

C.   Texas

D.   Hawaii

15: ________ was called ""the great leveler"" when it began in the early nineteenth century.

A.   Public education

B.   The federal government

C.   The Internal Revenue Service

D.   Social Security

16: French philosopher michel foucault referred to politics as ""________.""

A.   Like making sausage

B.   The burden of citizens

C.   A means to an end

D.   War by other means

17: Runoff primaries __________.

A.   Are unconstitutional

B.   Select the party's nominee

C.   Favor third parties

D.   Politicize primaries

18: Keynesian economics emphasizes ________ as a means of curtailing economic downturns.

A.   Reduced government spending.

B.   Increased government spending.

C.   Increased government taxes.

D.   Decreased government taxes.

19: _____ has been found to reduce anxiety and depression in advanced cancer patients.

A.   MDMA (ecstasy)

B.   Synesthesia

C.   Psilocybin

D.   None of these

20: Strict constructionists want congress to _____.

A.   Implied powers

B.   A large national government

C.   Enforcement powers

D.   Use only expressed powers

21: 4. william ouchi referred to the american approach to management as _______ management

A.   Rapid evaluation and promotion

B.   Job environment and job content.

C.   Expectancy

D.   Customized to the needs of each employee

22: In contemporary american politics, solid support for the republican party comes from the ________.

A.   South and Mountain West

B.   South, Northeast, and Midwest

C.   Northeast, Midwest, and West

D.   Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest

E.   Northeast and South

23: Reapportionment occurs because of _____.

A.   Congress

B.   Political orders

C.   Goes public

D.   Population change

24: The presidents group of advisers and analysts is collectively called the ________.

A.   Cabinet

B.   Kitchen cabinet

C.   White House staff

D.   Executive Council of Advisers

E.   Department of State

25: _______is the presidential power to block an act of congress by refusing to sign it.

A.   Senate

B.   Veto Power

C.   Supreme Court

D.   Judicial Branch

26: Following the 2006 elections, ________ became speaker of the u.s. house.

A.   Congress

B.   Nancy Pelosi

C.   Economic, Library of Congress, Taxation, and Printing Office

D.   Decides what bills are introduced

27: ________ does not have a competitive multiparty system.

A.   Germany

B.   Italy

C.   The Netherlands

D.   The United States

E.   Sweden.

28: A case will be placed on the courts docket when ________ justices agree to do so.

A.   Four

B.   Three

C.   Tow

D.   One

29: __________ rebellion was a protest by massachusetts farmers to stop foreclosures by state courts.

A.   Representation

B.   Public Education

C.   The People

D.   Shay's Rebellion

30: The ________ amendment forbade the states from denying any person "equal protection under the law."

A.   Twelfth

B.   Fifteenth

C.   Fourteenth

D.   Thirteenth

31: Republicanism most directly implies __________.

A.   Representative government

B.   Limited government

C.   Popular sovereignty

D.   The senate

32: When members of congress vote with their political party, they are acting as _____.

A.   Politicos

B.   Trustees

C.   Delegates

D.   None of these

33: ________ percent of americans are completely offline.

A.   10

B.   20

C.   33

D.   50

34: The presidents expressed powers include all of the following categories except ________.

A.   Military

B.   Partisan

C.   Judicial

D.   Diplomatic

E.   Executive

35: The senate watergate committee of 1973 is an example of a ________ committee.

A.   Conference

B.   Select

C.   Joint

D.   Standing

36: The small group selected by pollsters to represent the entire population is called the ________.

A.   Sample

B.   Conservatives

C.   Moderates

D.   Republican

37: Many of the founders believed that the __________ contract gave the government its legitimacy.

A.   Legislative

B.   Social

C.   Supremacy

D.   John Locke

38: Most americans support pursuing equality of ____ more than equality of ____.

A.   Miller v California

B.   Steps in Policy making process

C.   Hilda Solis

D.   Opportunity; outcome.

39: Most local newspapers get their national news from ________.

A.   Ratings

B.   Wire services

C.   Television

D.   Sound bites

40: Most presidents are in favor of the line-item veto because it gives them more power over _____.

A.   Foreign affairs

B.   Political partisanship

C.   Vetoes

D.   None of these

41: One of the basic rights in the magna carta which was central to america's democracy is ______.

A.   Aprilfgraham avatar.

B.   Monarchy

C.   Oligarchy

D.   Representative Democracy

E.   Dictatorship

42: Studies have discovered ________ to be the key element of successful mobilization efforts.

A.   Personal contact

B.   Direct mailings

C.   Extensive use of phone banks

D.   Advertising in local media

E.   E-mail newsletters

43: The most important arenas of congressional policy making are ____ committees.

A.   Standing committees

B.   Ranking committee members

C.   Speaker of the House

D.   The Nuclear Option

44: The right against self-incrimination, based in ________, is an example of ________.

A.   School searches

B.   The 5th Amendment; due process rights

C.   Something is obscene

D.   The due process clause

45: ___ are the most widespread and important category of selective benefits offered to group members.

A.   Purposive benefits

B.   Informational benefits

C.   Institutional advertising

D.   Pluralism

46: _____ refers to the tendency for members of congress to win reelection in overwhelming numbers.

A.   Nepotism advantage

B.   Incumbency advantage

C.   Insider advantage

D.   None of the above

47: ________ warned americans against too much involvement with foreign nations.

A.   George Washington

B.   Reviewing and approving treaties

C.   Diplomacy

D.   Isolationism

48: ________ was the first president to promote new federalism.

A.   Abraham Lincoln

B.   Franklin Roosevelt

C.   Lyndon Johnson

D.   Richard Nixon

49: ________ was the setting for a major racial confrontation concerning school busing in the 1970s.

A.   James Madison

B.   Boston

C.   Wyoming

D.   Women

50: __________ is the extent to which people believe their actions affect the course of government.

A.   Political efficacy

B.   Public opinion

C.   Public trust

D.   Approval rating