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Political Parties Review Questions for AP U.S. Government

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Updated on Mar 4, 2011

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Political Parties for AP U.S. Government

Review Questions

  1. Which of the following best describes a multi-party system?
    1. Membership in the party of choice is not generally voluntary.
    2. There is usually a general consensus of agreement as to basic principles of government.
    3. Multi-party systems usually give the voters meaningful choices.
    4. Parties tend to avoid extreme ideologies.
    5. Minor parties have little effect on most elections.
  2. Which of the following is NOT a responsibility of a political party?
    1. organize the government
    2. represent special interests
    3. recruit candidates
    4. educate voters
    5. raise campaign money
  3. The Republican and Democratic parties have dominated the political scene throughout American history. Minor parties have often surfaced to fill the void left by the major parties. A splinter minor party can best be characterized by
    1. the single issues supported by the party
    2. the fact that it is usually built around the working-class American
    3. the permanence of its presence on the political scene
    4. its presence during times of economic discontent
    5. the fact that it is the result of a revolt within a major party
  4. The Republicans dominated party politics during which span of years?
    1. 1860–1932
    2. 1932–1968
    3. 1968–present
    4. 1800–1860
    5. 1789–1800
  5. The national convention serves what major purpose for a political party?
    1. to allow the people to direct the work of the national committee through a system of national participation
    2. to establish the rules of party campaigning
    3. to serve as the party's national voice in the selection of the party's candidate
    4. to manage the political party's business by the vote of party constituents
    5. to allow the political party to meet as a whole in order to raise funds, recruit new members, and encourage unity within the party
  6. Which of the following best describes state party organizations?
    1. They are independent of the national party.
    2. They are subject to their own jurisdiction according to party doctrines.
    3. They are determined and organized by the national party in accordance with national law.
    4. Their funding has been affected by campaign reform law.
    5. They have the same organizational structures in all states because they are regulated by state law.
  7. Membership in an American political party is voluntary and based on party identification. Which factors influence party identification?
    1. education
    2. gender
    3. public opinion
      1. I only
      2. II only
      3. III only
      4. I and II only
      5. I and III only
  8. Which of the following best describes the structure and organization of a political party?
    1. They are close-knit and very organized.
    2. They are highly decentralized or fragmented.
    3. After election day they are usually less responsible to the people.
    4. The president plays no role in party leadership after his election.
    5. During the founding of our country, both parties organized in the same manner, along the same lines, and with the same political ideas in mind.
  9. The shifting of voting patterns and formation of new coalitions of party supporters is known as
    1. alignment
    2. realignment
    3. divided government
    4. dealignment
    5. party positioning
  10. The future of political parties in the United States is uncertain due to
    1. decline of third party challenges
    2. perceived differences between the parties
    3. increase in split-ticket voting
    4. lack of party reform
      1. I only
      2. III only
      3. II and III only
      4. I and III only
      5. I, II, and IV only
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