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American Government 3e

Review Questions

American Government 3eReview Questions


Which supporter of federalism warned people about the dangers of political parties?

  1. John Adams
  2. Alexander Hamilton
  3. James Madison
  4. George Washington

Which of the following was not a third-party challenger?

  1. Whig Party
  2. Progressive Party
  3. Dixiecrats
  4. Green Party

Why were the early U.S. political parties formed?


What techniques led the Democratic Party to national prominence in the 1830s through 1850s?


In which type of electoral system do voters select the party of their choice rather than an individual candidate?

  1. proportional representation
  2. first-past-the-post
  3. plurality voting
  4. majoritarian voting

Which of the following does not represent a major contributing factor in party realignment?

  1. demographic shifts
  2. changes in key issues
  3. changes in party strategies
  4. third parties

What impact, if any, do third parties typically have on U.S. elections?


In what ways do political parties collude with state and local government to prevent the rise of new parties?


Which level of party organization is most responsible for helping the party’s nominee win the presidency?

  1. precinct
  2. county
  3. state
  4. national

How do members of the party organization differ from party identifiers? What role does each play in the party as a whole?


Why is winning votes so important to political parties? How does the need to win elections affect party structures?


What are the positives and negatives of partisan polarization?


What is the sorting thesis, and what does it suggest as the cause of party polarization?


Does gerrymandering lead to increased polarization?


How have the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Movement affected partisan politics?

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