<p>Here are some sample questions to study from that are at the "difficulty" level of the AP GOV EXAM. This is from a list of 50 questions, and these 15 I had REALLY strong ideas on but I wasn't 100% possitive about what the correct response was. Does anyone have any clue? Thanks! It's good prep. :) For both of us! Thanks!</p>
<li><p>Dissatisfaction with the two major political parties has:
A. had no real affect on voter turnout rates in presidential elections.
B. led to third party presidential candidates winning record numbers of electoral votes in elections since 1988.
C. led the "anxious middle" to turn to the Republican party in record numbers.
D. contributed to divided government the past 30 years.
E. led major party leadership to take stronger stances on issues in order to make their positions clear.</p></li>
A. is produced by campaigns in order to make the candidate and his or her policies look attractive.
B. reflects the effort of media empires to grab as large a share of the market as possible.
C. reflects government efforts to present and manage news in a way that ensures accurate and complete information for the public.
D. refers to the way in which editors and executives orchestrate media coverage.
E. refers to news produced by the government to make it, its interests, policies and actions look good to the public.</p></li>
<li><p>The NRA is:
A. a single issue-group.
B. a political action committee.
C. an economic interest group.
D. a public interest group.
E. a social movement.</p></li>
<li><p>Which of the following are examples of linkage institutions?
A. Conference committees
B. political parties
C. interest groups
D. A and B only
E. B and C only.</p></li>
<li><p>News organizations are somewhat unique as companies because they:
A. need to sell space to advertisers and attractive news content to draw an audience.
B. have access to officials and candidates.
C. need to come up with new products at a regular, constant rate.
D. All of the above
E. A and C only</p></li>
<li><p>A Protestant male investment broker would most likely have voted for which of the following presidential candidates in the 1990's?
A. Ross Perot.
B. The Republican candidate.
C. The Democratic candidate.
D. None of the above.
E. The Libertarian candidate.</p></li>
<li><p>Which of the following allows a voter to participate in a party's primary if the voter is a registered member of that party?
A. A party primary
B. An open primary
C. A blanket primary
D. A closed primary
E. A party caucus</p></li>
<li><p>Which of the following are important functions of political parties?
I. Uniting broad coalitions of voters to support a set of public policies.
II. Registering new voters to participate in elections.
III. Recruiting candidates for office.
IV. Gaining control of the machinery of government through the electoral process.
A. I, II and III, only
B. I, II and IV, only
C. I and II only
D. II, III and IV, only
E. I, II, III, and IV</p></li>
<li><p>Who among the following were the last to receive the right to vote?
A. White men of property
B. African American men
D. White working class men
E. Legal aliens</p></li>
<li><p>Which of the following statements are true regarding the electoral college
A. The electoral college meets about a month after the general election.
B. In no candidate receives a majority of the electoral votes, the winner is decided by the US Supreme Court.
C. A state's number of electors is equal to its representation in both houses of
D. All of the above
E. A and C, only</p></li>
<li><p>The 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act did all of the following except:
A. limit the amount of money contributed to political parties.
B. require candidates to disclose the source of their contributions.
C. authorize corporations to establish political action committees.
D. provide for public financing of presidential primaries and general elections.
E. place dollar limits upon individual and group contributions to a candidate</p></li>
<li><p>Which of the following illustrate(s) indirect interest group techniques?
A. Offering testimony to Congress on proposed legislation.
B. Placing issue advertisements in publications to support a position.
C. The use of third parties to influence governmental officials and their decisions.
D. All of the above.
E. B and C only</p></li>
<li><p>The media is most able to influence a candidate's chances of winning an
A. during presidential debates by asking tough questions.
B. by providing bad publicity to conservatives when a candidate tests the political waters.
C. during the presidential primaries, by setting expectations for a candidate.
D. at the conclusion of the party convention, by providing an infusion of coverage to the party nominee.
E. during close coverage of the "horse race," by providing inaccurate data.</p></li>
<li><p>The growth of the Internet has affected American politics by:
A. increasing the accuracy of information regarding issues and candidates.
B. enabling citizens to engage in more debate about political issues.
C. eclipsing the role of television as a source of political information.
D. reducing the reporting of information on the private lives of political figures.
E. C and D only.</p></li>
<li><p>All of the following represent are obstacles to third party success in American politics except:
A. proportional representation.
B. the tendency of American voters to consider themselves "moderate."
C. single member districts.
D. the historic power of party machines.
E. restrictive state ballot access laws.</p></li>