Political Parties Review Questions for AP U.S. Government
By Pamela K. Lamb — McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Mar 4, 2011
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- Which of the following best describes a multi-party system?
- Membership in the party of choice is not generally voluntary.
- There is usually a general consensus of agreement as to basic principles of government.
- Multi-party systems usually give the voters meaningful choices.
- Parties tend to avoid extreme ideologies.
- Minor parties have little effect on most elections.
- Which of the following is NOT a responsibility of a political party?
- organize the government
- represent special interests
- recruit candidates
- educate voters
- raise campaign money
- 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
- the single issues supported by the party
- the fact that it is usually built around the working-class American
- the permanence of its presence on the political scene
- its presence during times of economic discontent
- the fact that it is the result of a revolt within a major party
- The Republicans dominated party politics during which span of years?
- The national convention serves what major purpose for a political party?
- to allow the people to direct the work of the national committee through a system of national participation
- to establish the rules of party campaigning
- to serve as the party's national voice in the selection of the party's candidate
- to manage the political party's business by the vote of party constituents
- to allow the political party to meet as a whole in order to raise funds, recruit new members, and encourage unity within the party
- Which of the following best describes state party organizations?
- They are independent of the national party.
- They are subject to their own jurisdiction according to party doctrines.
- They are determined and organized by the national party in accordance with national law.
- Their funding has been affected by campaign reform law.
- They have the same organizational structures in all states because they are regulated by state law.
- Membership in an American political party is voluntary and based on party identification. Which factors influence party identification?
- public opinion
- I only
- II only
- III only
- I and II only
- I and III only
- Which of the following best describes the structure and organization of a political party?
- They are close-knit and very organized.
- They are highly decentralized or fragmented.
- After election day they are usually less responsible to the people.
- The president plays no role in party leadership after his election.
- 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.
- The shifting of voting patterns and formation of new coalitions of party supporters is known as
- divided government
- party positioning
- The future of political parties in the United States is uncertain due to
- decline of third party challenges
- perceived differences between the parties
- increase in split-ticket voting
- lack of party reform
- I only
- III only
- II and III only
- I and III only
- I, II, and IV only
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