Government and Politics
Government and Politics

Government and Politics

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This question pack looks at power and authority, forms of government, and politics in the USA in a sociological context.

Government and Politics 1

1. Which statement best expresses the difference between power and authority?

A

Authority involves intimidation.

B

Authority is more subtle than power.

C

Authority is based on the perceived legitimacy of the individual in power.

D

Authority is inherited, but power is seized by military force.

Government and Politics 2

2. Which of the following types of authority does not reside primarily in a leader?

A

Dictatorial

B

Traditional

C

Charismatic

D

Legal-rational

Government and Politics 3

3. In the U.S. Senate, it is customary to assign each senator a seniority ranking based on years of government service and the population of the state he or she represents. A top ranking gives the senator priority for assignments to office space, committee chair positions, and seating on the senate floor. What type of authority does this example best illustrate?

A

Dictatorial

B

Traditional

C

Charismatic

D

Legal-rational

Government and Politics 4

4. Malcolm X used his public speaking abilities and magnetism to inspire African Americans to stand up against injustice in an extremely hostile environment. He is an example of a(n) _________________. leader.

A

traditional

B

charismatic

C

legal-rational

D

illegitimate

Government and Politics 5

5. Which current world figure has the least amount of political power?

A

President Barack Obama

B

Queen Elizabeth II

C

British Prime Minister David Cameron

D

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

Government and Politics 6

6. Which statement best expresses why there have been so few charismatic female leaders throughout history?

A

Women have different leadership styles than men

B

Women are not interested in leading at all.

C

Few women have had the opportunity to hold leadership roles over the courseof history.

D

Male historians have refused to acknowledge the contributions of femaleleaders in their records.

Government and Politics 7

7. Many constitutional monarchies started out as:

A

oligarchies

B

absolute monarchies

C

dictatorships

D

democracies

Government and Politics 8

Which nation is an absolute monarchy?

A

Oman

B

Great Britain

C

Denmark

D

Australia

Government and Politics 9

Which of the following present and former government leaders is generally considered a dictator?

A

David Cameron

B

Barack Obama

C

Qaboos bin Said Al Said

D

Kim Jong-Un

Government and Politics 10

A(n) _________________. is an extremely oppressive government that seeks to control all aspects of its citizens’ lives

A

oligarchy

B

totalitarian dictatorship

C

anarchy

D

absolute monarchy

Government and Politics 11

Which is not a characteristic of a democracy?

A

People vote to elect officials.

B

A king or queen holds the majority of governmental control.

C

One goal of this type of government is to protect citizens’ basic rights.

D

A constitution typically outlines the foundational ideas of how this government should operate.

Government and Politics 12

Which statement best expresses why the United States is not a “true” democracy?

A

Many politicians are corrupt.

B

Special-interest groups fund political campaigns.

C

Citizens elect representatives who vote on their behalf to make policy.

D

Ancient Greece was the only true democracy.

Government and Politics 13

13. In the past, Southern states discouraged African Americans from voting by requiring them to take a _________________. test.

A

blood

B

literacy

C

lie detector

D

citizenship

Government and Politics 14

14. Which president signed the Voting Rights Act?

A

Lyndon Johnson

B

John F. Kennedy Jr.

C

Barack Obama

D

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Government and Politics 15

15. Which factor does not influence voting practices?

A

Race

B

Social class

C

Ethnicity

D

Voting booths

Government and Politics 16

16. The U.S. Supreme Court case _________________. led to the revision of voting districts to account for differences in population density.

A

Roe v. Wade

B

Reynolds v. Sims

C

Brown v. Board of Education

D

Marbury v. Madison

Government and Politics 17

17. Which statement best explains the meaning of “one person, one vote”?

A

One person should not be allowed to vote twice.

B

A voter deserves one chance to vote.

C

A voter should vote only once a year.

D

Each voter’s vote should count equally.

Government and Politics 18

18. Which concept corresponds best to functionalism?

A

Happiness

B

Interdependence

C

Revolution

D

Symbolism

Government and Politics 19

19. Which sociologist is not associated with conflict theory?

A

C. Wright Mills

B

G. William Domhoff

C

Karl Marx

D

George H. Mead

Government and Politics 20

20. Karl Marx believed social structures evolve out of:

A

supply and demand

B

enlightenment

C

competition

D

cooperation

Government and Politics 21

21. The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street protests, and the Tea Party movement have the following in common:

A

They sought to destroy central government.

B

They are examples of conflict theory in action.

C

They can only occur in a representative democracy.

D

They used violence as the means of achieving their goals.

Government and Politics 22

22. Which is not one of functionalism’s four main purposes of government?

A

Maintaining law and order

B

Meeting social needs

C

Equally distributing resources

D

Planning and directing society

Government and Politics 23

23. Sociologist G. William Domhoff’s Who Rules America? asserts that wealth is often necessary to exert the most influence over social and political systems. This is a _________ perspective.

A

conflict theory

B

symbolic interactionism

C

functionalism

D

feminist

Government and Politics 24

24. Which of the following paradigms would consider movements such as Occupy Wall Street undesirable and unnecessarily forcing social change?

A

Symbolic interactionism

B

Functionalism

C

Feminism

D

Conflict theory

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