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According to this graph, eligible voters are most likely to vote in

presidential elections, and their turnout has increased in the last election

Which of the following statements is true about the Internet?

It has expanded from a source of static information to a meeting place used to organize political events.

The photograph of President George W. Bush was taken in 2003 as he gave a speech announcing the end of combat operations in Iraq. The photograph of the White House demonstration was taken in 2008, during Bush’s second term as president.Which of the following makes a true statement about the photographs?

In the 2003 photo, the sign uses omission to celebrate the military without acknowledging the thousands of soldiers who remained. The 2008 photo reveals a bias against Bush, using the memory of his 2003 speech to criticize policies and claims he made after that time.

What can the legislative branch do if the president vetoes a bill?

It can override the veto with a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress.

In the 1930s, Senator Long read recipes from a cookbook for 15 hours during a Senate debate. His action is an example of

a filibuster

Andres made an appointment to meet with a representative from his district. He wants to request funding on behalf of a local parents and students’ group to build a baseball field at the county park. Andres’ acted as a lobbyist for a

special interest group

From the list below, the most direct way an individual can influence public policy is to

vote on proposed laws

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Which of the following possible court cases could be argued under the terms of the quote above?

a person rejects police requests to unlock the car doors and windows

"The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States."—Declaration of Independence

The "injuries and usurpations" described in this quote are the colonists’

proof that the king violated the principles of limited government, social contract, and natural rights

"When a long train of abuses and usurpations…evinces a design to reduce them [the colonists] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."—Declaration of Independence

Under what principle of government do the people have the duty described in this quote?

social contract

Setting up courts is an example of

a concurrent power

This image portrays Andrew Jackson, president from 1829 to 1837, who frustrated Congress by vetoing many bills that would increase the role of the federal government in transportation, banking, and other areas. Which of the following is a true statement about the image?

It plays on American fears of tyranny to criticize the president’s actions as overstepping his authority.

Limited government means that the power of

elected officials has limits

In an indirect democracy, major laws and rules are made by

elected representatives

Which of the following best explains why people do not have unlimited First Amendment rights?

Certain types of speech could infringe on others’ rights or public safety.

When lawmakers compare multiple potential public policy solutions, they

focus on minimizing costs while maximizing the benefits

Which is true about the relationship between the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

The 13th Amendment expanded the freedom of the Emancipation Proclamation to more people.

Which type of court would hear the appeal of a state-level supreme decision?

U.S. Supreme Court

A case would begin in a U.S. District Court instead of a state-level trial court when it involves

an ambassador from a foreign nation

One purpose of the process of judicial review is to

preserve the intentions of the framers of the Constitution

Which of the following cases ruled that segregation laws were acceptable and was later overturned through court decisions and legislation?

Plessy v. Ferguson

Judges are expected to base their decisions on the

interpretation of law, independent from elected officials

Sue and Tim are arguing about the value of appointing rather than electing federal judges. Sue says the judges should be elected. Which of the following statements supports her position?

Judges are representatives of the people in government just like other officials and should represent majority will.

The purpose of the naturalization process is to provide a means for

non-citizens to become legal citizens with all related rights and responsibilities

Which of the following is a true statement about the Constitution?

It distributes power among three branches of government.

Many Americans are concerned that the naturalization process is too

slow to discourage illegal immigration

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 established that people defined as

"unlawful enemy combatants" would have fewer civil rights than other accused persons

A series of federal regulations requiring changes to the oil refinement process took effect in the 1990s. Which of the following U.S. states was least affected by the policies?


An expressed power is a power

delegated to the national government

Which of the following could be a logical conclusion based on the map?

Because of the 2010 Census results, Florida gained representation in Congress

Which of the following is an example of government affecting citizens’ daily lives?

Voting booths are set up at a library.

The purpose of the length of the term for a U.S. Supreme Court justice is to

prevent decisions based on the pressures of maintaining elected office

The 2000 presidential election recount in Florida went on for weeks because

some counties used ballots that were difficult for workers to interpret

"A democratic government is based on majority rule of the people. This would be impossible under the large republic proposed by the Constitution."

Which of the following best describes this quote?

It represents the perspective of an Anti-Federalist, arguing for a stronger role for the states.

"The United States in Congress assembled shall never engage in a war, nor grant letters of marque or reprisal in time of peace, nor enter into any treaties or alliances,…unless nine States assent to the same. Nor shall a question on any other point be determined, unless by the votes of the majority of the United States in Congress assembled."—Articles of Confederation

The restrictions placed on the federal government shown in this quote best reflect the principle of

limited government

A bureaucratic organization that functions mostly without executive or legislative control is known as

an independent regulatory agency

The United States and Mexico are

working together to stop the drug cartels and trafficking of illegal drugs

A country with a government based on democracy would

conduct regular elections to select representative officials

Which of the following makes a true statement?

Countries with greater wealth, such as those in North America, are associated with greater democratization.

"It is evident that each department should have a will of its own; and consequently should be so constituted that the members of each should have as little agency as possible in the appointment of the members of the others."-Federalist No. 51

Which of the following principles of American government does this quote directly support?

separation of powers

According to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, the

president can enter into foreign treaties with Senate consent

An example of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that shows the principle of federalism is how the

10th Amendment reserves rights to the states not assigned to the national government

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