CHAPTER 2: The Constitution
1. There are 538 electors in the electoral college; i.e.,
a. ten for every state.
b. one for each member of the U.S. Senate.
c. one for each member of Congress and three for the District of Columbia.
d. one for
CHAPTER 6: Public Opinion and Political Socialization
1. All of the following are true of public opinion except
a. it plays a small role in our political system.
b. it can be expressed by letters written to newspapers.
c. it is shared in o
CHAPTER 8: Political Parties
1. If we chose candidates through a top two bipartisan primary election
a. candidates would have to appeal to a wider range of public opinion.
b. it would increase voter participation.
c. the major political pa
CHAPTER 12: The Bureaucracy
1. Advocates of privatization of government services believe that
a. some government-owned agencies should be sold to investors.
b. the Central Intelligence Agency would be more effective if it was sold to the
CHAPTER 7: Interest Groups
a. are persons hired to attempt to influence members of Congress.
b. date back to colonial times.
c. are deeply unpopular with the general public.
d. represent special interests.
e. All of the above
CHAPTER 15: Foreign Policy
1. The draft
a. was used for the first time during the war in Vietnam.
b. if started today, would not provide enough men for the U.S. military.
c. wouldnt prevent troop shortages unless women were drafted too.
CHAPTER 13: The Courts
1. Alexis de Tocqueville, an observer of nineteenth-century American society, indicated that Americans
rely on courts
a. to resolve political questions.
b. very rarely when compared to Europe.
c. only if there is no
CHAPTER 9: Campaigns, Elections, and the Media
1. All are true except
a. since 1994 the number of people who read a daily newspaper has dropped.
b. more people now obtain their national and international news from the Internet.
c. what you
CHAPTER 3: Federalism
1. The Defense of Marriage Act
a. was passed by Congress in anticipation of states legalizing same-sex marriage.
b. allows states to ignore same-sex marriages performed in other states.
c. directs federal agencies not
CHAPTER 4: Civil Liberties
1. If the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade,
a. abortions would be illegal in the U.S.
b. health insurance companies would determine eligibility for abortions.
c. the authority to regulate abortion would fall
CHAPTER 5: Civil Rights
1. Today, there are approximately _ unauthorized immigrants living in the United States.
a. 11 million
b. 111 million
c. 200 million
d. 1 million
e. 35 million
2. If the United States de
CHAPTER 11: The President
1. Which of the following statements is true?
a. The founders created the electoral college to allow voters to directly elect the U.S.
b. In a parliamentary system, the voters directly elect a prime min
GOV CH 11-3
1. Commissioner of the Land Office and Commissioner of Agriculture
a. Commissioner of Land Office
i. The head of the General Land Office
ii. Gains his power and significance from Texass large amount of
public land and the resources, particular
What is the moral hazard problem? How can this concept help to explain how the
prospect of intervention from a third party (like the United States) might actually
increase incentives to leave civilian populations vulnerable to attack and genocide?
Divisions within dominant party tend to become more important than divisions
between the parties
o More dominant the party is, the more likely there are to be significant internal
o Led to two important results
First, divisions with
Chapter 15 5
Conservatives who were pro-business and frequently
resistant to civil rights progress
liberals who were progressive on civil rights, critical of
corporate citizenship and the pro-business bias of state
government, and in favor of increasing s
GOV CH 11-6
1. State Agencies and the Executive Branch Bureaucracy
a. Structure and Leadership
1. The state bureaucracy is decentralized (to disperse
2. Organizationally varied (to meet the needs of both
constitutional mandates and fed
GOV CH 10-3
1. Working for the People: The New Deal Begins
a. social security act of 1935 first federally funded pension program targeting
all working americans
b. progressive era reforms established independent bureaucratic structure
c. new deal expanded
GOV CH 11-2
1. Attorney General and Comptroller of Public Accounts
a. Attorney General
i. The Texas attorney general (AG) is elected to four-year terms
ii. They are the states top lawyer
1. His legal role is primarily civil.
2. Whenever a suit is filed by
GOV CH 10-2
1. Legislative Oversight of the Bureaucracy
a. executive departments organized into areas of jurisdiction that mirror
committees in congress allows congressional committees to efficiently
oversee bureaucratic activity
b. some overlap
GOV CH 11-4
1. Elected Boards and Commission
a. The executive branch includes several boards and commissions made
up of a mix of elected and appointed officials
b. These organizations constitute a sprawling administrative network
that neither governors no
Chapter 15 - 1
Texas Political Parties
Complaints about political parties - parties purposefully accentuate divisions
through their tactics, are too self interested, and dont really stand for anything
because they represent too many diverse interests
Module 13: Great Powers, the United States, and the International Political Order
How do great powers structure international politics after great power wars like
World War I and World War II? Describe the main changes in the international
system that occ
In the interview with Michael McFaul, what three theories did he note were
circulating at the time of the Soviet Unions collapse with regard to how Russias
foreign policy would develop in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse?
TBH this one is giving me som
GOV CH 13-9
3. Interest groups pressure
4. Interest groups encourage conflict.
government for change.
5. Interest groups provide
6. Interest groups can slow down the
valuable resources and
policymaking process and
Module 12: Violence and the International Political Order
What is politics (as defined in lecture)? What are the two central components of this
The authoritative allocation of scarce resources. Two key components:
1) Authority: the capacity to
Module 14: Civil War and the Challenges of Intervention
How did the peaceful end of the Cold War lead to more civil wars in the Third
1) The leaders in many Third World countries could no longer count on the security or
support from the major power
Chapter 15 - 2
Connects district and state level party organizations
Serve as an election judge
Appointed from nominees submitted by party officials
Oversee polling places at the precinct level and ensure fair
History of political
Here is the difference between absolute and comparative advantage:
Absolute advantage implies that a state takes fewer labor hours than another state in
producing a good, therefore being more efficient than another group.
Module 21: US Trade Policy
What is globalization? What are the key barriers to international trade?
Globalization is the integration of national economies into a single global economy
through the reduction of national barriers to trade. The key barriers