Quiz #1 (key)

AP Government Quiz #1
1) Government is defined as the
a) organization that brings problems to the attention of public officials
b) institutions through which public policies are made for society
c) body that is concerned with economic problems while leaving social problems
to other institutions of society
d) agency that implements policies that have been enacted by other institutions
of the political system
2) A unitary system of government is one in which:
a) an executive, legislative and judicial branch share equal power.
b) political officials are elected by the public in a popular election.
c) legislative committees and federal agencies work together to make and
implement public policy
d) more than level of government oversees a body of people
e) all power resides in the central government.
3) Which of the following statements reflects a pluralist theory of American politics?
a) American politics is dominated be a small elite
b) Public policies emerge from cooperation among elite’s in business, labor, and
c) Public policies emerge from compromises reached among competing groups.
d) American politics is dominated by cities at the expense of rural areas.
e) The American political arena is made up of isolated individuals who have few group
affiliations outside the family
4) Upon which of the following principles of human nature did Thomas Hobbes and John
Locke mostly likely AGREE?
a) life in the state of nature is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”
b) All people are born with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and property
c) Government is created to provide protection of rights.
d) People are incapable of self rule, and must rely on the judgment of monarchs
e) Humans are basically self-centered, and governments must be based on the realities
of human nature
5) Which of the following statements reflects an elitist view of American politics?
a) The military-industrial complex dominates American public policymaking.
b) Thousands of competing interests influence public policy-making
c) Large states dominate public policy because of their overrepresentation in
d) American politics are dominated by rural areas at the expense of the urban
e) Since only one registered voter in three votes in off-year congressional races,
Congress represents only the politically active.