The timing and scope of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act can be attributed primarily to
|A)||an increase in repressive tactics against black voters in the South.|
|B)||the dramatic increase in population in the northern states, which contributed to an increase in power.|
|C)||the backlash created by the Vietnam War.|
|D)||the suffrage movement.|
|E)||the civil rights movement.|
Which of the following statements is true?
|A)||Voter turnout is slightly higher in America than in other democracies among middle-income groups.|
|B)||Since the 1960s, voter turnout in the United States for presidential elections has averaged about 40 percent.|
|C)||Voter turnout in a midterm election has hovered just above 50 percent since 1970.|
|D)||Voter turnout in presidential elections has averaged 55 percent since the 1960s, and midterm election turnout has not exceeded 50 percent since 1920.|
|E)||Voter turnout in the United States is lower than most other democracies, with presidential voting turnout averaging about 40 percent in recent elections.|
Which of the following is NOT a reason that voter turnout is lower in the United States than in other democracies?
|A)||Americans must register to vote themselves.|
|B)||American elections are not held on the weekend.|
|C)||Americans have never had a viable socialist or labor party.|
|D)||The frequency of elections in the United States is much higher than in other democracies.|
|E)||Participation in community-based and local political organizations or actions, and volunteering for political campaigns, is lower in the U.S. than in Europe, which reduces political interest among voting-age groups.|
________ allows people to register to vote at their polling place on election day.
What fraction of states elects their governors in non-presidential election years?
|E)||less than one-third|
Of the following states, ________ typically has the highest voter turnout in a presidential election.
Which of the following demographic combinations would provide the most accurate predictors of voter turnout?
|A)||age and gender|
|B)||age and income|
|C)||race and gender|
|D)||income and race|
|E)||education and age|
The last time that voter turnout in midterm elections reached 50 percent was in _______.
Citizens 18-20 years of age were granted the right to vote in _______.
________ holds more elections than any other nation.
|E)||The United States|
MoveOn is an example of
|A)||young citizens' continuing indifference to political affairs.|
|B)||a lobbying organization designed to promote civil rights.|
|C)||a small movement designed to promote voter registration.|
|D)||an influential, Web-based organization that heads an activist network.|
|E)||an Internet-based protest movement designed to promote conservative causes.|
Of the following nations, citizens in ________ are more likely to contribute money and time to election campaigns.
|A)||the United States|
What was the main driver behind the upswing in voter turnout during the 2008 presidential primaries?
|A)||the public debate about health care reform|
|B)||competition between John McCain and Barack Obama|
|C)||competition between John McCain and Mitt Romney|
|D)||competition between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama|
|E)||the public debate about taxation policy|
Which of the following is a form of unconventional political activism?
|B)||participating in a parent-teacher association|
|C)||volunteering for a political campaign|
|D)||holding a political protest|
|E)||None of these answers is correct.|
Which of the following statements is true about protest movements in America?
|A)||Protest movements have generally been severely restricted by both federal and local laws.|
|B)||Protest movements have not traditionally been a part of American society.|
|C)||Protest movements routinely receive strong public support.|
|D)||Protest movements have become less well-organized in recent years.|
|E)||Protest movements are an American tradition, but they do not generally receive strong public support.|
Registration for voting began around _______.
What phrase do scholars such as Robert Putnam use to describe the sum of the face-to-face interactions among citizens in a society?
Which of the following statements is true about voting?
|A)||Thomas Paine ridiculed the restriction of voting to property-owning males in his work Common Sense.|
|B)||Black males gained the right to vote before white women were granted suffrage.|
|C)||Voting is a widespread political activity.|
|D)||Voting can give government a measure of control over its citizens.|
|E)||All these answers are correct.|
Voter turnout among working-class white citizens dropped sharply in 1968 and 1972, largely because of the centrality of which issue?
|C)||the war in Vietnam|
In the past two decades, the percentage of young adults in America that think "it's my duty as a citizen always to vote" has
|A)||dropped by half.|