Interest Groups and the Mass Media Review Questions for AP U.S. Government

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Interest Groups and the Mass Media for AP U.S. Government

Review Questions

  1. How is an interest group different from a political party?
    1. Interest groups often support political candidates for office.
    2. Membership in an interest group is nonrestrictive.
    3. Interest groups have no legal status in the election process.
    4. Interest groups control government.
    5. Only interested people belong to interest groups.
  2. Which of the following is not a function of an interest group?
    1. represent a broad range of interests
    2. raise awareness and stimulate interest in public affairs
    3. serve as a link between its members and government
    4. provide information to the government
    5. provide a channel for public political participation for the achievement of common goals
  3. An example of an interest group that would promote a specific cause is
    1. the National Grange
    2. the Teamsters Union
    3. the American Bar Association
    4. the National Education Association
    5. the National Rifle Association
  4. An example of a public interest group is
    1. the League of Women Voters
    2. the American Association of Retired Persons
    3. the American Bar Association
    4. the National Council of Churches
    5. the American Jewish Congress
  5. A method of lobbying by which interest group members and others outside the organization write letters, send telegrams, and make telephone calls to influence policymakers is known as
    1. litigation lobbying
    2. grassroots lobbying
    3. direct lobbying
    4. coalition lobbying
    5. influential lobbying
  6. Which of the following is true regarding the regulation of lobbying?
    1. The Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act was directed at those who tried to influence members of the executive branch.
    2. The first major attempt to regulate lobbying came during the Progressive Era in the early years of the twentieth century.
    3. In the second half of the twentieth century, laws regulating lobbying became more lenient.
    4. The Lobbying Disclosure Act did not apply to lobbyists who attempted to influence congressional staff members.
    5. Both the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act and the Lobbying Disclosure Act required lobbyists to register.
  7. Which is true of government regulation of the media?
    1. Government regulation of the media affects the print media more than the broadcast media.
    2. Structural regulations deal with issues affecting the organization of broadcasting companies.
    3. The Telecommunications Act (1996) restricted competition among broadcasting companies.
    4. The Federal Communications Commission is restricted to the regulation of interstate commerce.
    5. The First Amendment protects the broadcast media from the regulation of content.
  8. In the history of radio as a mode of mass media, which American president was first to make the medium a regular feature of his administration as a method of informing the people?
    1. Ronald Reagan
    2. Franklin Roosevelt
    3. Bill Clinton
    4. George H. W. Bush
    5. Harry Truman
  9. Which of the following has been an important function in the role of the mass media?
    1. directing government
    2. agenda setting
    3. informing the public
    4. shaping public opinion
    1. II, III, and IV only
    2. I, II, and III only
    3. I only
    4. II and IV only
    5. II and IV only
  10. Those media executives and news editors who decide which events to present and how to present the news are called
    1. content regulators
    2. gatekeepers
    3. technical regulators
    4. telecommunication regulators
    5. media representatives
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