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Government Basketball. It’s a review… and it’s basketball!. The debates between the Federalists and the Anti-federalists were primarily about which of the following. The right of people to rebel The existence of slavery The scope of power of the central government

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Government Basketball

It’s a review…and it’s basketball!

The debates between the Federalists and the Anti-federalists were primarily about which of the following.

  • The right of people to rebel

  • The existence of slavery

  • The scope of power of the central government

  • The need to establish a standard currency

  • The representation of large and small states

Which of the following constitutional principles most directly addresses the relationship between the national and state government?

  • Checks and Balances

  • The Bill of Rights

  • Separation of Powers

  • Representation

  • Federalism

When none of the presidential candidates receive a majority of votes in the Electoral College, the winner is chosen by the

  • Federal Elections Committee


  • The House of Representatives

  • The Senate

  • The majority of the House and Senate combined

The term “split-ticket voting” is most accurately described as

  • Turning in a spoiled or mutilated ballot as a form of protest

  • Using separate ballots for candidates at the state and national levels

  • Voting Republican in one election cycle and Democrat in the next

  • Voting for candidates of different parties on the same ballot

  • Voting for one party in the primary election and another party in the general election

Which of the following is a clause of the Constitution that gives the federal government broad powers in many policy areas?

  • Interstate Commerce Clause

  • Tenth Amendment

  • Free-Exercise Clause

  • Establishment Clause

  • Fiscal Federalism Clause

The three points of an iron triangle include

  • An independent agency, a state and a member of Congress

  • Administrative agency, interest group and Congressional committee

  • Cabinet department, interest group and House majority leader

  • Regulatory commission, a corporation and the White House Office

  • Executive Office of the President, an interest group and a Senate committee

A non-litigant group or individual the wants to attempt to influence the court in a particular case can file

  • An amicus curiae brief

  • A writ of error

  • A habeas corpus petition

  • A writ of certiorari

  • A writ of mandamus

The McCain-Feingold Act did which of the following?

  • Created interest groups known as 527s

  • Made it illegal for unions to donate to presidential campaigns

  • Banned soft money donations to national parties

  • Banned candidates from running negative advertisements

  • Banned third parties from federal funding

Which of the following federal courts have/has original jurisdiction?

  • The Supreme Court and U.S. District Courts

  • U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal

  • U.S. Courts of Appeal only

  • U.S. District Courts only

  • State supreme courts

Which statement best describes American political culture?

  • The dominant political culture depends on which political party is in power.

  • Due to its ethnic diversity, there are different political cultures in the United States.

  • American political culture is a melting pot of different political ideals from around the world.

  • Liberals and conservatives in the United States have different political cultures.

  • Beliefs that are shared by virtually all Americans.

Which one of the following groups is MOST likely to participate in an election?

  • African Americans

  • people with college degrees

  • Hispanic voters

  • people under age 35

  • people in households with below-average income

After a bill is introduced in the House of Representatives, what is the next step in the legislative process?

  • The bill is introduced in the Senate because both houses of Congress must consider all proposed legislation.

  • The bill is referred to a committee.

  • The majority-party caucus votes whether or not to support the bill.

  • The Speaker of the House decides whether to ignore the bill or take action.

  • The bill dies unless a committee chair decides to “mark up” the bill.

Which of the following is a concurrent power in the American system of federalism

  • the power to make treaties with foreign governments

  • the power to levy taxes

  • the power to make monetary policy

  • the power to establish local governments (cities, counties, school districts, etc.)

  • the power to regulate interstate commerce

A filibuster occurs when

  • a majority of either the House of Representatives or the Senate support a bill but cannot get the two-thirds majority needed for cloture to end debate and vote

  • the Senate and House cannot agree on final language for legislation both houses have passed in different versions, and debate continues endlessly

  • the president announces he will veto a bill, but a group of senators keep the bill alive by continuing to debate it

  • a senator or small group of senators want to draw public attention to bill so it will gain support and pass

  • a majority of the Senate supports a bill, but the majority is not large enough to produce the 60 votes needed to end debate on the bill in the Senate

Which of the following was articulated in the War Powers Resolution

  • The President may declare war

  • The President must finance any war effort with a special contingency fund

  • The President must bring home troops from hostilities within 60-90 days unless Congress extends time

  • The President may not nationalize state militias without congressional consent

  • The President may not send troops into hostilities without a declaration of war from Congress or a resolution from the United Nations

Which of the following principles protects a citizen from imprisonment without trial?

  • Representative government

  • Checks and balances

  • Separation of powers

  • Popular sovereignty

  • Due process

In a federal system of government political power is primarily

  • Vested in local governments

  • Vested in regional governments

  • Vested in central government

  • Divided between central government and regional government

  • Divided between regional and local government

All of the following are ways that the legislative branch can check the powers of the executive branch EXCEPT:

  • Congress may remove a president through its impeachment and conviction powers

  • Congress may override a presidential veto

  • Congress may pass a law declaring a presidential action unconstitutional

  • The Senate may refuse the nomination of a presidential appointment

  • The Senate may refuse to approve a treaty negotiated by the president

Which of the following is a fundamental element of the United States Constitution?

  • Recognition of the centrality of political parties in government

  • Direct election of members of the executive branch

  • An executive branch that is more powerful that the legislature

  • Emphasis on a unitary system of government

  • Division of government authority across political institutions

The framers of the constitution left decisions on voting eligibility to the

  • civil rights agencies

  • individual states

  • United States Supreme Court

  • House of Representatives

  • Senate

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