US GOV 1.12

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What word do we use for the institution created by a society to create and enforce public policies?


Which of the following items is NOT one of the five purposes of government?


If a nation-state is invaded by another nation, what purpose has it’s government failed to perform?


What is the preamble of the US Constitution?

The opening paragraph that explains the purposes of the US government.

Which item is something that almost every society has had?


"…and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." This excerpt is from which document?

The preamble of the US Constitution

Which theory about the origins of government was created when members of society got together and agreed to form a government?

Social contract theory

Who wrote the document that includes the following passage? "The only way whereby any one [gives up] his natural liberty, and [becomes a member of an organized society], is by agreeing with other men to join and unite into a community for their comfortable, safe, and peacable living one amongst another, in a secure enjoyment of their properties, and a greater security against [people who don’t belong to the society]."

John Locke

Which term is defined as the ability to control the actions of others?


What is authority?

Do NOT choose this answer: When someone who holds power is recognized as having the right to rule.

Which of the following items is a defining characteristic of a nation-state?

It has a defined territory (land enclosed by borders).

Which of the following statements is NOT correct?

The modern world is divided into a mixture of nation-states, city-states, and multinational empires.

What theory of government makes the case that no single group of people controls the majority of government decisions?

Pluralist theory

Which statement describes Max Weber’s theory about power?

Do NOT choose this answer: Power is distributed among many different elites and many government institutions, and no one elite or institution ever dominates government.

What is the name for the form of government where power is held by a small group of people who then control the entire government?


What is the term for a government that exerts complete power over the population, even controlling their thoughts and most intimate private lives?

Totalitarian government

What is the term for a government where power is concentrated at the regional or provincial level, and the central government has very weak and limited powers?

Confederate government

What is the term for a government in which the legislature and the executive are distinct and separate and check each others power?

Presidential government

Aristotle came up with many reasons why statesmen should know all the different types of government. Which of the following is NOT one of Aristotle’s reasons?

So statesman could choose the government that would maximize their personal power.

Which of the following is not one of the eight tenets of American democracy?

Force theory

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