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The U.S. government is correctly classified as
a) unitary, parliamentary, and a direct democracy. b) federal, presidential, and an indirect democracy. c) unitary, parliamentary, and an indirect democracy. d) federal, presidential, and a direct democracy.
If a state is sovereign, it
a) exercises complete power over nearly every aspect of human affairs. b) has supreme and absolute power within its own territory. c) is militaristic in nature. d) holds absolute and unchallengeable authority over its people.
Rhode Island and Florida are not sovereign states in the international, legal sense. Why not?
a) They are subordinate to the U.S. Constitution. b) Their territories are too small. c) They are not ruled by royalty. d) Their populations are too small.
Compromise is important in a democracy because
a) the majority will always arrive at the best decisions on public matters. b) minorities will always arrive at the best decisions on public matters. c) democracy insists on complete freedom for all individuals. d) compromise ensures that minority arguments are considered.
The key relationship between democracy and free enterprise is that both
a) promote total equality. b) are political systems. c) are economic systems. d) are based on the concept of individual freedom.
Which idea is central to democracy in the United States?
a) Freedom is more important than the law. b) The minority may rule the majority. c) Everyone has an equal right to consumer goods. d) People should compromise to settle differences.
The United States is properly classified as a republic rather than a democracy because
a) the popular will is expressed by representatives, not directly by the people. b) true democracies need no checks and balances. c) children are not allowed to vote in U.S. elections. d) true democracies give people more freedom.
Which is an example of how Congress may use its legislative powers?
a) It may veto a president’s legislation. b) It may override a president’s veto. c) It may settle arguments in court. d) It may interpret the meaning of laws.
Which has been most important in the development of government in the United States?
a) force theory b) social contract theory c) evolutionary theory d) divine right theory
Which of the following is a duty of every American citizen?
a) voting b) volunteering c) paying taxes d) donating to charity
Which are the three basic powers of government?
a) political power, public policy power, democratic power b) political power, legislative power, executive power c) legislative power, executive power, judicial power d) sovereign power, legislative power, executive power
Which describes equality in a democracy?
a) equal ability b) equal opportunity c) equal income d) equal living conditions
In which system are all key powers given to the central government?
a) confederate government b) federal government c) unitary government d) parliamentary government
Which is the same as government by popular consent, indirect democracy, or a republic?
a) representative democracy b) autocracy c) oligarchy d) unitary democracy
Which is a way that governments are classified?
a) by population b) by those who participate c) by national wealth d) by the number of legislators
Which phrase in the Preamble of the Constitution means that laws should be reasonable, fair, and impartial?
a) provide for the common defense b) promote the general welfare c) ensure domestic tranquility d) establish justice
Which is the process by which a society chooses its leaders?
a) economics b) politics c) divine right d) social contract
Which are the four characteristics of the state?
a) population, territory, sovereignty, foreign policy b) population, territory, sovereignty, constitution c) population, territory, sovereignty, government d) freedom, liberty, sovereignty, government
In which type of government is power divided between a central government and several local governments?
a) federal government b) confederation c) unitary government d) dictatorship
Which of the following is NOT a function of the federal government?
a) creating immigration laws b) regulating interstate travel c) creating a school system d) maintaining a military
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