Sample Comparative Politics Exam 2 Fall 2010

Sample Comparative Politics Exam 2 Fall 2010 - COMPARATIVE...

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COMPARATIVE POLITICS 2 nd EXAM – Fall 2010 1. In 1990, Michael Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize. Which of the following was NOT one of the reasons that he won this award ? a. He negotiated with U.S. President Ronald Reagan to completely eliminate both countries’ nuclear arsenals, and although this failed, he did gain an historic agreement to get rid of all intermediate range missiles in Europe: b. He reformed the Soviet political system and established the first real democratic process for choosing the Soviet leader; c. He made it his mission to end the Soviet Union and to establish 15 independent, democratic republics in its place; d. He said that he would not use the Soviet military to protect soviet satellite governments, thus allowing these countries to establish freedom. 2. What was the Politburo? a. the legislative branch of the Soviet government; b. the executive branch of the Soviet government; c. the judicial branch of the Soviet government; d. the central organization of the Soviet Communist Party. 3. There was tremendous economic growth throughout most of Vladimir Putin’s reign as President of Russia. One factor in this was : a. Putin’s reassertion of a “command economy”; b. Putin’s economic stimulus programs; c. the rise in world oil prices d. Putin’s economic “shock therapy”. 4. An important development during Putin’s Presidency was: a. a declining economy, a rise in alcoholism, and a shortening of the average lifespan; b. improved relations with the United States; c. Russian recognition of the state of Israel; d. media repression and assassinations of critics; 5. Under President Putin, Russia went from popularly elected regional governors to governors appointed by the President. This is an example of a power the Russian President has that the U.S. President does not have; the power to: a. issue edicts that have the force of law; b. alter the Constitution; c. veto bills passed by the State Duma; d. overrule the Prime Minister’s decisions. 6. The Duma is : a. the supreme constitutional court of Russia, and is able to overturn laws as unconstitutional if they violate individual rights; b. a largely advisory body that cannot make laws but can veto laws passed by the Federation Council, and its members are elected to four-year terms; c. Russia’s major lawmaking body, and its members are elected to four-year terms d. Russia’s major lawmaking body, and its members are appointed by the President.
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7. The Constitution of Russia : a. contains a very lengthy bill of rights, with provisions for rights from artistic expression to protection from being subjected to medical experiments without consent; b. contains no bill of rights; c. provides for a relatively weak presidency and strong legislative branch of government; d. provides a tremendous amount of autonomy to the various republics, including the right to declare independence under certain circumstances. 8.
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Sample Comparative Politics Exam 2 Fall 2010 - COMPARATIVE...

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