In providing for representative government, the writers of the Constitution were determined to
1-give the majority absolute governing power.
2-make the president dependent on popular support.
3-reduce the likelihood that a tyrannical majority would gain control of government.
4-make the Senate directly responsible to the voters.
5-give the House substantially greater power than the Senate.
The U.S. Constitution provides for representative government mainly
1-through direct and indirect systems of election.
2-by defining and limiting the lawful powers of government.
3-by dividing governing powers among competing institutions.
4-by requiring government to take steps to ensure that citizens can easily exercise their right to vote.
2. Which aspect of U.S. elections has proven to be the most susceptible to manipulation by lawmaking officials?
1-voter registration rules
2-candidate eligibility rules
3-primary election scheduling
4-campaign spending reporting requirements
During U.S. history, which of the following constitutional clauses has played the least significant role in the expansion of federal authority?
1-necessary and proper clause
5-taxing and spending clause
The exclusionary rule holds that
1-people who are biased against the defendant may be excluded from serving on a jury.
2-a judge can uphold an attorney’s objection to a question asked by the opposing party’s attorney.
3-evidence obtained by unconstitutional means ordinarily cannot be used as evidence in a trial.
5-“fighting words” can be excluded from constitutional protection.
6-non-political speech is excluded for protection by the First Amendment.
Which statement best describes the efforts of disadvantaged groups to attain a greater degree of equality?
1-They’ve had to work long and hard to gain a fuller measure of their rights.
2-All their major gains have been achieved through action by the Supreme Court.
3-More privileged groups have consistently and willingly extended to disadvantaged groups the same rights and opportunities they enjoy.
-All disadvantaged groups have made nearly equal gains in terms of rights and opportunities; today, there is not much practical difference in the rights and opportunities these various groups enjoy.
Which of the following is not true of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
1-It was a response to the black civil rights movement.
2-When it finally came up for a vote in Congress, it had nearly unanimous support in the House and Senate.
3-It built on the momentum generated by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
I4-t prohibited discrimination in hotels, restaurants, and other public accommodations.
5-It prohibited discrimination in employment.
Which statement best describes the current Supreme Court position on affirmative action?
1-It is lawful if it is serves a compelling government interest and is narrowly tailored to fit the circumstances of the situation to which it is being applied.
2-It is unconstitutional in virtually every instance.When it finally came up for a vote in Congress, it had nearly unanimous support in the House and Senate.
3-It is constitutionally protected from ballot initiatives designed to limit its application.
4-It can be used to create opportunities for black Americans but not for other groups.
5-Quotas are legal as long as applicants know in advance that a quota system is being used.