The highest ranking member of the U.S. Senate when the Vice President is absent is the
President Pro Tempore
According to Article I of the Constitution, who has the ability to approve foreign treaties?
The Senate only
“When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.”-Article I, US Constitution
What would happen if a senator or representative from Florida resigned or left office for some reason, according to this quote?
The governor of the State would call for an election to replace the senator or representative.
According to Article I of the U.S. Constitution, who has the power to “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”?
the Legislative branch
The president is responsible for
making sure the laws are carried out
According to the Constitution, who has the duty to “faithfully execute” the law?
the U.S. President.
Which of the following is not a constitutional role of the president?
Speaker of the House
The purpose of the State of the Union address is to provide the opportunity for the
President to address Congress and the nation about the legislative goals to be accomplished
The regulatory agency that monitors and regulates banking activity is the
Federal Reserve System
What is the purpose of independent regulatory agencies such as the Federal Reserve System?
They make the rules that help make the daily work of government more efficient.
The media are
the various means of mass communication, such as television and radio
Interest groups can influence public policy because they
lobby the members of legislative committees to convince them to vote a certain way on bills
Political parties influence public policy because they
try to get their members elected whom they expect to vote along the party platform on issues
Listed from earliest creation to most recent, the media include the
press, radio, television, and Internet
It “is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it.”-Nixon campaign consultant Roger Ailes, 1968
The quote is in reference to the
Federal political campaigns in recent years have expanded their use of
social networking sites to connect with voters
“Candidate Florent is obviously the better man for the job. No one can match his education and experience.”
This quote shows that the reporter
has a bias in favor of Florent
“So my message is simple. It is time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I will sign them right away.”-President Obama, 2012 State of the Union Address
In this quote, the president is asking the
Congress to change tax policies that favor employing people in other countries
“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake aren’t Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. And we have to reclaim them.”-President Barack Obama, State of the Union, 2012
In this quote, President Obama
appeals to Americans’ sense of fairness to increase support among different parties for his agenda
If the 2000 presidential election recount had not happened in Florida, in which of the following states could it have happened that would not have been so important to the outcome of the election?
Registering to vote as a member of the Democratic party
prohibits you from voting in a Republican primary election in a closed primary state
Since the 2000 election, youth voter turnout in presidential elections has generally
increased each election year
November (Voting) Supplement, 2000-2006.Based on the data in this table, young voters were least likely to have cast a ballot in the
2002 midterm election
Survey, November (Voting) Supplement, 2000-2006.According to this chart, people in what age group were least likely to vote in the 2000 presidential election?
Which of the following states lost the most seats in the House of Representatives because of the 2010 election?
A logical conclusion from this map is that the
total overall population of the state of Florida increased
Which of the following is true about the legislative branch of government?
It is divided into two separate houses.
A joint committee is
made up of members from both the House and Senate to address a common concern
According to Article I of the U.S. Constitution, who has “the sole Power to try all Impeachments?”
Impeachment of a federal official is
when charges are brought against the official for evidence of treason, bribery, or other serious crimes
Who shall have the power to “be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States,” according to the U.S. Constitution?
The U.S. President
An independent regulatory agency is
a department that functions mostly without executive or legislative control
The powers and actions of independent regulatory agencies are created and overseen by
Congress and intended to help the government run smoother
Political parties are
people who share beliefs and support their members in elections
Most interest groups are formed because members want
the government to pay attention to a concern that they share
Which of the following is the most direct way an individual can influence public policy?
voting on proposed laws
“When our vital interests are challenged, or the will and conscience of the international community defied, we will act with peaceful diplomacy whenever possible, with force when necessary.”-President Clinton, 1993 Inaugural Address
In this quote, President Clinton
reveals his value for finding peaceful resolutions to problems over war
With regard to the Electoral College
many states now mandate that their electors go to the candidate who wins the popular vote, fueling the argument that the Electoral College should be abolished
Based on this graph of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 18- to 29-year-olds were
less likely to be voting for the first time in 2004 than in 2000
Which of the following southern states had the least gain in population between the years 2000 and 2010?
Which of the following states had the greatest gain in population between the years 2000 and 2010?
Which of the following quotes from the Constitution describes the Senate?
“No person who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.”
The lawmaking process can be very time-consuming because the
bills go through committees of Congress members who carefully study each new idea
Descriptions of the requirements and powers of the president may be found in
Article II of the U.S. Constitution
Which of the following is true about the Electoral College today?
Each state has a number of votes based on its representation.
How did most Americans hear about politics before the invention of the radio?
Which of the following is an example of the President using new technology of the time period to connect with the American people?
Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcasted his weekly “Fireside Chats” over the radio in the 1930s.
How did the invention of television change the nature of political communication?
It gave the public audience the ability to see what officials looked like and see the effects of their actions.
Smith, a candidate running against the current senator, says, “the senator has voted against health care. She is not in line with the principles of our party.” Jones, the senator, responds, “my esteemed opponent neglected to mention I only voted against a health care bill once, because it would have actually reduced citizen benefits.” Smith is using
omission to reduce support for Jones
This image portrays Andrew Jackson, president from 1829 to 1837, who frustrated Congress by vetoing many bills that would increase the role of the federal government in transportation, banking, and other areas. In the image, the artist depicts Jackson
negatively and plays on American fears of tyranny to criticize his actions as overstepping his authority
In the United States, each state
organizes and conducts its own elections, reflecting the powers given to the state governments
After the 2010 election, Democratic President Barack Obama would have found that his policy ideas would be somewhat
more difficult to pass through the both the House and the Senate
Based on the graph, the education level of 18- to 29-year-olds that were most likely to vote in the 2004 election was
Between the years 1996 and 2004
voter registration and turnout increased
Which of the following western states had the largest gain in population between the years 2000 and 2010?
The legislative branch has the power to
Which of the following is a true statement about the lawmaking process?
The majority of work on the language of a proposed bill happens in committee meetings.
What do the executive powers of appointing federal judges and entering into foreign treaties have in common?
They both require the consent of the Senate.
A law that limits the content of popup advertisements on the Internet would be enforced by the
Federal Communications Commission
Interest groups consist of
people with shared goals who work together to influence public policy
Early leaders of the United States who preferred a strong role for the central government became the first members of the
Which of the following statements is true?
From the 1920s to 1940s, the radio was growing quickly as a source of political news.
“Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule. Our law enforcement needs this vital legislation to protect our citizens.”-President Bush, 2004 State of the Union Address
In this quote, President Bush
appeals to people’s fears of terrorism to convince lawmakers to renew the legislation
The term “voter turnout” refers to the portion of
eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election