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American Government 2e

Review Questions

American Government 2eReview Questions


A local station that broadcasts national network programming is called a(an) ________ station.

  1. affiliate
  2. cable
  3. digital
  4. network

Cable programming is often ________.

  1. local
  2. national
  3. network
  4. sports

A conglomerate is a corporation that ________.

  1. owns all television news stations in a state
  2. owns many businesses and media networks
  3. owns only radio stations
  4. owns only televisions and newspapers

When acting as an agenda setter, the media ________.

  1. decides which issues deserve public attention
  2. covers presidential campaigns equally
  3. reports on corruption in government
  4. brings in advertising revenue for the media corporation

How can conglomerates censor information?


In what ways is media responsible for promoting the public good?


Why is social media an effective way to spread news and information?


Newspapers during the Revolutionary War period tended to ________.

  1. give fake news and sensationalize stories
  2. unite the colonists and provide information about the British
  3. print party propaganda
  4. attack colonial politicians

Muckraking occurs when newspapers ________.

  1. investigate problems in government and business
  2. investigate actions of celebrities
  3. print sensational news on the front page to sell papers
  4. print more editorials and opinion pieces to sell papers

Radio quiz shows and comedy shows were most popular in the ________.

  1. 1900s
  2. 1930s
  3. 1970s
  4. 1990s

Television news became a regular feature during ________ due to the public’s demand for ________ to explain current events.

  1. WWI; images and maps
  2. Great Depression; charts and tables
  3. WWII; images and maps
  4. Vietnam War; charts and tables

Why did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats help the president enact his policies?


How have modern presidents used television to reach out to citizens?


Why is soft news good at reaching out and educating viewers?


In which circumstance would the courts find libel?

  1. A reporter uses a source that incorrectly states a celebrity is using drugs.
  2. A columnist writes his opinion about whether an actor is hiding a drug problem.
  3. A television reporter delivers a story about increased drug use at the local college.
  4. A reporter writes that local college students are drug dealers but has no sources.

The Supreme Court determined that the right of the press to print classified material ________.

  1. is obsolete, and the press may never print classified material
  2. is partial, and the press may print classified material only if it does not compromise troops or covert operatives
  3. is complete, and the press may print anything it likes
  4. has not yet been defined

The Federal Communications Commission oversees the programming of which entities?

  1. television
  2. television and radio
  3. television, radio, and satellite
  4. television, radio, satellite, and cable

Which of the following is a reasonable exception to the Freedom of Information Act?

  1. medical records for government employees
  2. budget for the Department of Labor
  3. minutes from a president’s cabinet meeting
  4. transcript of meetings between Department of State negotiators and Russian trade negotiators

Why is it a potential problem that the equal-time rule does not apply to candidates’ supporters?


Under what circumstances might a journalist be compelled to give up a source?


Which of the following is an example of episodic framing?

  1. a story on drug abuse that interviews addicts and discusses reasons for addiction and government responses to help addicts
  2. a story on how drug abuse policy has changed since 1984
  3. a story on candidates’ answers to a drug question in a debate
  4. a story detailing arguments against needle exchange programs

According to research, why might a woman decide not to run for office?

  1. She feels the work is too hard.
  2. She fears her positions will be covered too closely by the press.
  3. She fears the media will criticize her family.
  4. She fears the campaign will be too expensive.

Media coverage of a race tends to ________.

  1. accurately portray all races equally
  2. accurately portray White and Black people as victims
  3. overrepresent White people and the elderly as poor
  4. overrepresent African Americans as poor

How might framing or priming affect the way a reader or viewer thinks about an issue?


Why would inaccurate coverage of race and gender affect policy or elections?

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