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1 Quiz 1. Which of the following would be considered a public interest group? a. a plumber s union b. a lawyers association c. a committee for clean water d. a group dedicated to promoting motorcycle ownership 2. A famous actor promoting a certain brand of car in a television commercial is an example of which of the following propaganda techniques? a. bandwagon b. plain-folks appeal c. name-calling d. testimonial 3. Political action committees were formed to do which of the following? a. allow interest groups to pay lobbyists b. allow interest groups to contribute money to candidates and campaigns c. assign volunteers to groups that need them d. fund the mass media 4. Public opinion is influenced by which of the following factors? a. by many sources b. mostly through advertising c. almost completely by lobbyists d. primarily by public interest groups 5. How are interest groups different from political parties? a. Interest groups do not concentrate on influencing government policy and political parties do. b. Interest groups concentrate on influencing government policy and political parties concentrate on electing candidates. c. Interest groups use propaganda and political parties avoid using propaganda. d. There is no difference between both interest groups and political parties.

2 6. Which of the following is an example of a good public opinion poll question? a. Do you think the president is doing a good job, a fair job, or a bad job? b. Why do you think the president is doing such a bad job? c. Why do you think the president is doing such a good job? d. Why is the president doing a fair job? 7. Read the following propaganda statement: Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce the man who believes in our state, the man who will be our next governor: Bill Johnson. Which of the following propaganda techniques is exemplified by the sample above? a. bandwagon b. glittering generality c. testimonial d. name-calling 8. The following is an image of a political commercial advertising the election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in The image is showing Eisenhower, as the man from small town Abilene, Texas. Which of the following propaganda techniques is exemplified by the sample above? a. testimonials b. bandwagon c. plain-folks appeal d. glittering generality

3 Read the following excerpt describing the United States presidential election of 2008 and how the candidates used media and political communications to answer the following two questions (9-10). The 2008 election, which resulted in the selection of the first African-American president in the nation's history, was about change. Polls indicated that more than 80 percent of likely voters felt that the country was on the wrong track or moving in the wrong direction. For the first time since 1952, there were no candidates on either major-party ticket who have served as president or vice president. As in 2004, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were important issues, yet foreign policy was strongly overshadowed by the economy when the credit and mortgage crisis hit full force in September. Other economic concerns included health-care costs, energy policy, gas prices, and rising unemployment. From the primary campaigns into the general-election contest, candidates positioned themselves as agents of change. Normally it is the party out of power in the White House that calls for change. In 2008, both parties claimed to offer change, as opposed to more of the same. The candidates made these claims in an ad war that was unprecedented in its quantity and cost. Ads were created in rapid-response fashion, timed for the increasingly fast-paced news cycle. Also, as a reflection of the shift in popular culture toward the provocative tone of the Internet, which relies on bold statements and humor to inspire forwardability, the 2008 ads were noticeably sharper and more aggressive than that of previous elections. Source: The Living Room Candidate 9. Which of the following propaganda techniques MOST closely describes how the candidates use the media, internet, and political communications to attract themselves to the American public? a. glittering generality b. testimonial c. card stacking d. bandwagon 10. Which of the following aspects of the political candidates run for the presidency in 2008 in which they utilized the media and political communications is MOSTLY exemplified in the excerpt above? a. debates b. issue-based platforms c. qualifications d. experience

4 Attachment I SS.C Quiz Quiz SS.7.C Which of the following is a key part of the definition of voting? a. available only to members of political parties b. a right and a responsibility c. required by law d. available only to members of the Electoral College 2. Who is the leader of a political party? a. a precinct captain b. a poll watcher c. a chairperson d. an elector 3. Which of the following applies to people in the United States? a. are required to join one of the two major political parties b. must be a member of a political party in order to vote c. cannot join political parties until they are 21 d. may choose whether to join any political party, or none 4. Which statement explains why the United States has political parties? a. to enable large numbers of people to accomplish things through government b. to encourage people to vote c. to fulfill the requirements of the Constitution d. to provide election candidates 5. A proposal by a third party that becomes popular might lead to which of the following statements? a. soon be forgotten because it was offered by a third party b. lead to the creation of a one-party system c. be adopted by the major parties d. change the organization of political parties 6. Advantages of the two-party system include which of the following choices? a. There is a second strong party to take over government if the voters so desire b. One party is able to win a majority of the votes c. Voters have a choice d. All of the above

5 Attachment I SS.C Quiz 7. The philosophy of having business decisions guiding government officials and in the best interest of labor unions most reflects which of the following parties? a. Republicans b. Third parties c. Democrats d. All current American political parties 8. Read the following excerpt: Democrats believe that government knows what is best for individuals. They argue that federal bureaucrats better understand the needs of a community than a locally elected council and the federal government should define the tax burden necessary to meet its obligations, because this is too complicated for individuals to understand The excerpt above by the Democrats reflects which of the following aspects of the American political system? a. the Economy b. taxes and government spending c. core beliefs d. national defense 9. The following excerpt reflects the philosophy of which current American political party? Each person is responsible for his or her own place in society. Government should enable each person the ability to secure the benefits of society for themselves, their families and for those who are unable to care for themselves. a. Democratic b. Republican c. Moderate d. Third Party 10. The following excerpt reflects the philosophy of which current American political party? It is the responsibility of government to care for all individuals, even if it means giving up some individual rights and/or subordinating enterprise and initiative. a. Independent b. Republican c. Third Party d. Democrat

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