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1
The poll tax
A)was outlawed in 1964.
B)was banned by the Twenty-fourth Amendment.
C)never existed in the United States.
D)was part of the original Constitution.
E)was outlawed in 1964 by the Twenty-fourth Amendment.
2
Which of the following statements is true?
A)Voter turnout is lower in America than in other democracies.
B)Since the 1960s, voter turnout in the United States for presidential elections has averaged about 55 percent.
C)Voter turnout in a midterm election has seldom exceeded 40 percent since 1970.
D)Voter turnout is lower in the U.S. than in other democracies; voter turnout in presidential elections has averaged 55 percent since the 1960s, and has seldom exceeded 40 percent in a midterm election since 1970.
E)Voter turnout in the United States is higher than most other democracies.
3
Why is voter turnout lower in the United States than in other democracies?
A)Americans must register to vote themselves.
B)American elections are not held on the weekend.
C)Americans have never had a viable socialist or labor party.
D)Americans must register to vote, cannot vote on the weekend, and the country has never had a viable socialist or labor party.
E)Americans do not get paid to vote as is the case in other democracies.
4
_____ has same-day registration.
A)California
B)Maine
C)New Mexico
D)Texas
E)Maryland
5
What fraction of states elect their governors in non-presidential election years?
A)one-quarter
B)one-half
C)four-fifths
D)nine-tenths
E)one-third
6
Of the following states, _____ typically has the highest voter turnout in a presidential election.
A)Minnesota
B)South Carolina
C)Texas
D)Hawaii
E)Louisiana
7
Which factors are the most accurate predictors of voter turnout?
A)age and gender
B)education and income
C)race and gender
D)income and race
E)education and age
8
The last time that voter turnout in midterm elections reached 50 percent was in
A)1920.
B)1930.
C)1940.
D)1950.
E)1960.
9
Citizens 18-20 years of age were granted the right to vote in
A)1912.
B)1920.
C)1954.
D)1971.
E)1986.
10
_____ holds more elections than any other nation.
A)Canada
B)Great Britain
C)Japan
D)Brazil
E)The United States
11
MoveOn is an example of
A)young citizens' continuing indifference to political affairs.
B)the failure of the internet as a means to mobilize public opinion.
C)a small movement with few followers.
D)an influential, Web-based movement.
E)the near certainty that the internet will substantially alter current forms of political participation.
12
Of the following nations, citizens in _____ are more likely to contribute money and time to election campaigns.
A)the United States
B)Germany
C)Austria
D)the Netherlands
E)Great Britain
13
Barack Obama's success in raising money through the internet in 2008 followed the path blazed by which 2004 presidential contender?
A)John McCain
B)Joe Lieberman
C)Richard Gephardt
D)Howard Dean
E)Al Sharpton
14
Which of the following is a form of unconventional political activism?
A)voting
B)social movement
C)protest politics
D)social movement and protest politics
E)None of these answers is correct.
15
Which of the following statements is true about protest movements in America?
A)Protest movements are rare in American history.
B)Protest movements are an American tradition.
C)Protest movements routinely receive strong public support.
D)Protest movements do not generally receive strong public support.
E)Protest movements are an American tradition, but they do not generally receive strong public support.
16
Registration for voting began around
A)1790.
B)1828.
C)1866.
D)1900.
E)1932.
17
What phrase do scholars such as Robert Putnam use to describe the sum of the face-to-face interactions among citizens in a society?
A)community capital
B)social capital
C)civic virtue
D)social engagement
E)civic pride
18
Which of the following statements is true about voting?
A)Free and open elections are a defining characteristic of democratic government.
B)Voting is regarded as the basic duty of all citizens.
C)Voting is a widespread political activity.
D)In one sense, voting is a restricted form of participation.
E)All these answers are correct.
19
Voter turnout among working-class white citizens dropped sharply in 1968 and 1972, largely because of the centrality of which issue?
A)health care
B)immigration
C)the war in Vietnam
D)the economy
E)civil rights
20
People who are _____ are unlikely to vote.
A)apathetic
B)alienated
C)civic duty-minded
D)apathetic and alienated
E)highly educated







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