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Unit 5.3 - 5.5 - Political Parties

Quiz by Carl Rudd

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  • Q1
    Where do constitutional protections for political parties reside within the U.S. Constitution?
    Article I
    The Fourteenth Amendment
    The First Amendment
    The Second Amendment
  • Q2
    Which of the following statements most accurately describes why linkage institutions are necessary in the U.S. political system?
    They connect the average citizen to all levels of government.
    They provide unbiased information to the population.
    They lessen political differences within the country.
    They encourage voter interest through support of direct democracy.
  • Q3
    As political campaigns have become centered around the power and influence of the candidates themselves rather than political parties, which of the following is an increasingly important role of parties in political campaigns?
    Parties choose the candidates who will run in the general election.
    Parties determine the issues on which candidates will focus their campaigns.
    Parties prevent controversial candidates from running.
    Parties mobilize voters to get to the polls on election day.
  • Q4
    Interest groups are often accused of encouraging judicial activism. Which of the following interest group activities is most closely linked to the promotion of judicial activism?
    Filing an amicus curiae brief.
    Financing a television commercial.
    Hosting a fundraiser for a candidate.
    Creating a PAC.
  • Q5
    Which of the following is most likely to cause a political party to change its position on a specific issue?
    A large group of the party's base supporters advocates for the change of position.
    The challenger to a popular incumbent demands that the party change its position on the issue.
    Polling numbers suggest that the public is undecided about the issue.
    The issue receives a great deal of media attention.
  • Q6
    Which of the following is the best explanation for why a political party might change its position to begin supporting increased civil rights protections?
    The party gained control of Congress in the last election.
    Most supporters of the party are advocates for smaller government.
    The party hopes to increase its support among minority groups.
    The party's base has traditionally been highly conservative.
  • Q7
    Which of the following best describes why winner-take-all districts for the House of Representatives disadvantage third parties?
    Third parties are prohibited from running in winner-take-all districts.
    Voters believe third parties are unlikely to win in winner-take-all districts.
    Only the top two candidates win seats in these districts.
    A candidate is required to win a majority of the votes in the district in order to win the election.
  • Q8
    Which of the following describes a reason why third parties rarely achieve electoral success in the United States?
    Popular third party policies are often adopted by major parties.
    Third parties have not developed policies that Americans support.
    Third parties are not allowed on the ballot in most states.
    Third party fundraising is subject to stricter government regulations.
  • Q9
    Which of the following describes how proportional systems of representation for a legislature are generally more beneficial to third parties than winner-take-all systems?
    In a proportional system, all parties that meet a minimum threshold gain representation.
    In a proportional system, seats are reserved for all parties who have candidates running in the election.
    In a proportional system, parties are limited to a maximum percentage of seats in the legislature.
    In a proportional system, any party who wins a majority in a district gains representation.

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