5.14 Multiple Choice Questions

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Facts about the test: The AP US Gov exam has 80 multiple choice questions and you will be given 55 minutes to complete the section. That means it should take you around 7 minutes to complete 5 questions. The following questions were not written by College Board and, although they cover information outlined in the AP US Gov Course and Exam Description, the formatting on the exam may be different.

1. Which of the following amendments was NOT directly tied to extending suffrage to African Americans, women, and other minorities?
A. 14th
B. 15th
C. 19th
D. 24th

2. A voter that decides to vote for a presidential candidate from the opposing political party as a result of a declining economy during the incumbent's first few years in office would be exhibiting which of the following voting behaviors?
A. Party-Line voting
B. Rational choice voting
C. Prospective voting
D. Retrospective voting

3. Which of the following is the most reliable factor in predicting a voter's habits?
A. Their religious affiliation
B. The college or university they attended
C. Their party identification
D. The number of campaign attack ads they view

4. Which of the following statements best summarizes voter ID laws in the United States?
A.  The Supreme Court has overwhelmingly supported voter ID laws.
B. Liberals support these laws because they tend to increase voter turnout.
C. Many conservatives support these laws due to concerns related to voter fraud
D. Progressives support voter ID laws since they tend to benefit Democratic Party candidates in state and federal elections.

5. Which of the following would most likely increase the degree of political efficacy of voters?
A.  If a candidate they supported takes a more centric approach to policy after winning a general election.
B. Watching hundreds of political attack ads in the weeks leading up to a presidential election.
C. If an incumbent they voted for signs tax legislation after promising to cut taxes during their campaign.
D. If their preferred candidate wins an election, and follows through on most campaign promises.

6. Which of the following best characterizes Catholic voters in the United States?
A.  They vote heavily for Republican candidates as a result of the Papacy's denunciation of abortion.
B. They tend to vote for Democratic candidates, but many support the Republican party due to their conservative values.
C. They are the most reliable voting bloc within the Democratic Party.
D. They are primarily clustered in the states that share a border with Mexico, and vote for both Republican and Democratic candidates.

7. Which of the following would most likely be included in the platform of the Democratic Party?
A. Policies that restrict campaign contributions from corporations.
B. Reduced taxes for multinational corporations headquartered in the U.S.
C. Legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage.
D. Elimination of the Department of Education

8. Political parties link people to the government in all of the following ways EXCEPT
A. Managing campaigns
B. Recruiting candidates
C. Lobbying members of Congress
D. Helping register voters

9. A Republican running for an open seat in Congress would most likely receive support from which of the following types of interest groups?
A. Groups interested in promoting policies that would implement a flat income tax for citizens in place of more progressive taxes.
B. Groups that promote the use of sustainable energy.
C. Groups that advance policies to achieve income equity for men and women.
D. Groups that support using increasing government funds to reform law enforcement agencies.

10. The National Rifle Association (NRA) investing money in a TV and internet campaign to encourage its members to contact their local representatives to oppose gun control legislation proposed shortly after a mass school shooting would be considered a form of
A. Platform endorsement
B. Electioneering
C. Direct lobbying
D. Grassroots lobbying

11. Which of the following accurately explains a difference between caucuses and primaries?
A. Primaries are used in presidential elections, while caucuses are used in senate elections.
B. Both caucuses and primaries involve voters expressing their support for their preferred candidates in a public setting.
C. Caucuses are used during the general election, while primaries are used in the nomination process.
D. Caucuses have lower participation rates than primaries, but both play a role in nominating candidates.

12. Which of the following is true regarding the winner-take-all component presidential elections?
A. All 50 states use the system as part of the Electoral College process outlined in the constitution.
B. Candidates that earn a plurality of the popular vote are awarded all of the state's electoral votes.
C. The system encourages popular third party candidates to run against major party candidates.
D. It requires candidates to win a majority of the popular vote in each state in order to earn that state's electoral votes.

13.  Modern campaigns involve all of the following EXCEPT
A. Microtargeting of potential voters via social media applications.
B. The integration of professional consultants to plan and coordinate all phases of the campaign.
C. A heavy reliance on political parties to nominate candidates and run their campaigns.
D. Televised debates sponsored by media corporations and non-profit groups.

14. Political action committees that are allowed to receive unlimited financial donations as long as they remain independent of a candidate's campaign were established as a result of which of the following?
A. Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (2002)
B. Buckley v. Valeo (1976)
C. Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
D. McCutcheon v. FEC (2014)

15. Which of the following statements most accurately describes how most Americans consume daily political news?
A. AM radio shows have increasingly attracted liberal and progressive listeners.
B. Print newspapers have are experiencing a rebirth due to a lack of trust of online news.
C. The internet is the most dominant news source for the majority of Americans.

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