GOVT 220 Quiz Study of American Government

GOVT 220 Quiz: The Study of American Government

  1. Which sociologist argued that American democracy is dominated by a small “power elite”?
  2. What is the impact of self-interest on the positions people take on important issues?
  3. To whom do most democracies give the power to make laws?
  4. Which type of politics has distributed benefits and costs?
  5. Why did the Framers of the Constitution not create a direct democracy?
  6. In ancient Athens, which group had the right to vote?
  7. Which of the following is typically absent in a republic?
  8. Which of the following terms is defined as the activity by which an issue is agitated or settled?
  9. Which of the following best describes the government of the United States?
  10. Those who disapprove of representative democracy would characterize it as which of the following?
  11. Which of the following is an example of direct democracy?
  12. Which of the following people is the best-known example of a policy entrepreneur?
  13. Karl Marx believed governments were dominated by whom or what?
  14. An estate tax that imposes a tax on inherited money in excess of $4.49 million is an example of which type of policy?
  15. Which of the following reflects the issues that people believe require governmental action?
  16. Which of the following perspectives holds that society is ruled by a small number of people who exercise power to further their self-interest?
  17. The civil rights movement of the mid-20th century is an example of which theory of power?
  18. According to the power elite view, which of these groups would not have any control of politics?
  19. In the U.S. political system, which of these most closely approximates Aristotle’s ideal of direct democracy?
  20. Which view about power distribution in the United States attributes the majority of political power to elected politicians?
  21. Economic depressions and deep recessions, such as the ones that began in 1929, 2007, and 2020, have led the public to do which of the following?
  22. The struggle over power or influence within organizations that can grant benefits or privileges best defines which of the following?
  23. What is one feature of democracy in the United States that distinguishes it from many European democracies?
  24. According to the Framers of the Constitution, who is the best judge of the people’s best interests?
  25. In Samuel P. Huntington’s view, which of the following is an example of an event in which morally impassioned elites made significant changes?
  26. Congress’ power to tax, as provided in the Constitution and later amendments, leads one to conclude that the fundamental government finance problems are not mathematical. Instead, they are because of which of the following?
  27. At any given time, the issues on the political agenda are affected by at least four things. Which of the following is not one of those things?
  28. When policies like the Affordable Care Act delegate decisions, such as whether birth control should be covered in all insurance plans, to executive agencies like Health and Human Services, it is an illustration of which theory of power?
  29. Which of these is a modern example of direct democracy?
  30. In 1935, what percentage of American families paid no federal income tax?
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