GOVT 2306 – Which of the following best describes

Subject: General Questions / General General Questions
Question

Which of the following best describes the effect the expansion of a governor’s ability to appoint and remove agency heads would have on executive authority?
A.

It would increase executive authority.
B.

It would diminish executive authority.
C.

It would have a negative effect on executive authority.
D.

It would have little to no effect.
2 points
Question 3

The governor has a major effect on state policy through his or her _____.
A.

ability to control the courts
B.

domination of the budget process
C.

appointment of the attorney general
D.

power to make approximately 3,000 appointments to boards and commissions

2 points

Question 4

The style of ballot form in which candidates are listed by office with party affiliation listed by their name is known as the
A.

party line format.
B.

straight party ticket.
C.

party column format.
D.

office block format.

2 points

Question 5

administering the state’s tax system, and acting as its treasurer is the job of the Texas:
A.

Attorney General
B.

Comptroller of Public Accounts
C.

Land Commissioner
D.

Secretary of State

2 points

Question 6

Which of the following informal qualifications for governor is nearly universal in Texas?
A.

fraternal membership
B.

military service
C.

holding a law degree
D.

having previously held elected office

2 points

Question 7

How does Texas compare to the rest of the country in terms of percentage of eligible voters who actually vote?
A.

about average
B.

well above average
C.

below average
D.

a bit above average

2 points

Question 8

Today in Texas, what are the two main factions in the Republican Party?
A.

business value conservatives and social value conservatives
B.

social value conservatives and business value progressives
C.

business value progressives and business value conservatives
D.

social value conservatives and evangelical conservatives

2 points

Question 9

The newest element of capital-intensive politics is the use of ________ to communicate directly with likely voters.
A.

e-mail
B.

Social Media
C.

autodialing apps with prerecorded messages
D.

The Internet

2 points

Question 10

the term “plural executive” refers to the fact that in Texas
A.

the governor must share power with the lieutenant governor
B.

most top executive officials are elected
C.

the governor appoints most all executive officers
D.

there are two state budgets prepared

2 points

Question 11

the executive responsible for the inspection and accuracy of gas pumps in the state is:
A.

Agricultural Commissioner
B.

Secretary of State
C.

Attorney General
D.

Land Commissioner

2 points

Question 12

rendering opinions on law and serving as the state’s representative in civil cases is the
A.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
B.

Texas Secretary of State
C.

Texas State Bar Association
D.

Texas Attorney General

2 points

Question 13

unlike the President, the Texas governor may influence state spending by use of their

line-item veto

executive budget

appointment powers

powers of personal persuasion

2 points

Question 14

What is the voter participation measure used most often by political scientists?
A.

percentage of registered voters
B.

percentage of voting-age population
C.

percentage of voting-age U.S. citizen population
D.

percentage of voting-eligible population

2 points

Question 15

What is the impact of Texas political culture on political participation?
A.

It discourages political participation.
B.

It strongly encourages political participation.
C.

It moderately encourages political participation.

D.

It has no significant effect on political participation.

2 points

Question 16

What is the most important function of the precinct convention?
A.

nominating local delegates to the Electoral College
B.

election of permanent officers
C.

selection of candidates for local offices
D.

selection of delegates to the county convention

2 points

Question 17

Why is the Texas governor’s power exceptionally weak as compared to that of the governors of some other states?
A.

lack of a line-item veto

B.

plural executive system
C.

inability to appoint any administrative heads
D.

tenure limits

2 points

Question 18

What is the lowest level of the permanent party organization in Texas?
A.

county chair
B.

precinct chair
C.

district chair
D.

ward chair

2 points

Question 19

Which third party emphasizes the importance of small government and personal responsibility?
A.

Natural Law Party
B.

Reform Party
C.

Green Party
D.

Libertarian Party

2 points

Question 20

what is currently the Texas Railroad Commission’s primary function?
A.

safety oversight for rail, trucking, and river traffic
B.

regulatory authority over terminals, wharves, and heavy industries
C.

regulation of the oil and gas industry
D.

promoting rail and trucking while regulating the safety and environmental aspects of the industry

2 points

Question 21

________ is the basic belief system that guides the party.
A.

Party ideology
B.

Party identification
C.

The party line
D.

The party platform

2 points

Question 22

With the growth of the Internet, what has become one of the easiest ways to participate in politics?
A.

voting
B.

attending rallies
C.

making financial contributions
D.

signing paper petitions

2 points

Question 23

the state official for elections and voter registration is the:

A.

Attorney General
B.

Comptroller of Public Accounts
C.

Secretary of State
D.

Lieutenant Governor

2 points

Question 24

Which group had the lowest turnout rate in Texas in the 2012 presidential election?
A.

Hispanic
B.

African American
C.

white
D.

Asian American

2 points

Question 25

The state of Texas’s history of restricting access to voting is very much in keeping with its
A.

traditionalistic political culture.
B.

states rights political culture.
C.

moralistic political culture.
D.

individualistic political culture.

2 points

Question 26

In most instances, the adoption of articles of impeachment results in

A.

a trial in a judicial court.
B.

a statewide recall vote.
C.

the removal of an office holder.
D.

a trial in the senate.

2 points

Question 27

In Texas, when is a runoff primary required?
A.

when the winner of the first primary is disqualified
B.

when no candidate receives a majority of votes
C.

when no candidate receives a plurality of votes
D.

when there is only a .02% difference in total votes for the top two candidates

2 points

Question 28

What embittered most Texans and left them hostile to the Republican Party following the Civil War?
A.

Edmund J. Davis’s governorship
B.

the Emancipation Proclamation
C.

Abraham Lincoln
D.

U.S. military rule from 1866-1869

2 points

Question 29

The Texas presidential preference primary is held in what month?
A.

February
B.

March
C.

April
D.

May

2 points

Question 30

Labor-intensive politics historically included all of the following EXCEPT
A.

printing election ballots.
B.

selecting candidates.
C.

organizing campaigns.
D.

broadcast advertising.

2 points

Question 31

Which of the following elections would typically have a higher voter turnout?
A.

local election
B.

primary election
C.

general election
D.

off-year election

2 points

Question 32

The expansion of political participation in the southern U.S. states has come about largely because of
A.

suffrage movements of the early twentieth century.
B.

federal government intervention.
C.

the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
D.

the civil rights movement.

2 points

Question 33

Imagine you are a die-hard member of party A, but wanted the less popular candidate from party B to be party A’s general election opponent. What type of primary election system would allow you to vote for the less popular candidate in party B during the primaries without changing parties?
A.

closed primary system
B.

semi-closed primary system
C.

None of these answers is correct.
D.

open primary system

2 points

Question 34

Ballot eligibility requirements are set by
A.

the parties
B.

federal law
C.

tradition
D.

the states

2 points

Question 35

Which group had the highest turnout rate in Texas in the 2012 presidential election?
A.

white
B.

Hispanic
C.

Asian American
D.

African American

2 points

Question 36

What is the most common form of political participation?
A.

signing a petition
B.

attending a rally
C.

financial contributions
D.

voting

2 points

Question 37

Most of the money used in political campaigns comes from
A.

political action committees.
B.

political party war chests.
C.

individual contributions.
D.

federal matching funds.

2 points

Question 38

The power of the Texas governor to remove government officials is
A.

very weak.
B.

moderately strong.
C.

moderately weak.
D.

very strong.

2 points

Question 39

By recommending policy initiatives to state legislators and coordinating with state agencies that administer programs and implement policies, the governor is demonstrating his or her role as
A.

crisis manager.
B.

intergovernmental coordinator.
C.

party leader.
D.

chief legislator.

2 points

Question 40

Which of the following is NOT among the formal qualifications for the office of governor in Texas?
A.

30 years of age
B.

resident of the state for five years

C.

registered voter
D.

U.S. citizenship

2 points

Question 41

Today the regulation of campaign finances in Texas is limited to the requirement that all candidates and PACs file reports with the
A.

U.S Department of Justice
B.

Texas State Ethics Commission
C.

Texas Secretary of State
D.

Texas Election Board

2 points

Question 42

if an oil company wants to drill on public land, from who would it secure the drilling lease?
A.

Texas Railroad Commission
B.

Agriculture Commissioner
C.

Comptroller of Public Accounts
D.

Texas Land Commissioner

2 points

Question 43

Why was Texas’s 2011 voter ID law rejected by the U.S. Justice Department?
A.

because of the authority granted in Section 5 of the Federal Voting Rights Act
B.

because of the legacy of restricted access to the ballot
C.

because the data Texas provided demonstrated minorities would be adversely affected
D.

because new data generated by the federal government demonstrated minorities would be adversely affected

2 points

Question 44

The state party chair is selected by
A.

the national party chair.
B.

mail-in ballots from all precinct chairs.

C.

the state convention.
D.

the state’s top ranking office holder.

2 points

Question 45

Why is it very difficult to hold a specific person in Texas government responsible for anything?
A.

The state constitution shields all government employees from responsibility for public actions and policies.
B.

Most officials usually cite the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution and refuse to say anything that could incriminate them.
C.

Government is fragmented and policy responsibility is divided.

D.

The media in Texas do a very poor job at investigating wrongdoing in government.

2 points

Question 46

Texas has a
A.

blanket primary system.
B.

closed primary system.
C.

special type of open primary system.
D.

semi-closed primary system.

2 points

Question 47

In state elections from 2002 to 2012, which sector contributed the most amount of PAC money to campaigns?
A.

business
B.

ideology
C.

environmental
D.

labor

2 points

Question 48

In the process known as ________, the governor must clear his or her appointments with the state senator from the appointee’s home district.
A.

political reciprocity
B.

the “southern custom”
C.

“good politics”
D.

senatorial courtesy

2 points

Question 49

In Texas, how long prior to an election must you register in order to be eligible to vote?
A.

10 days
B.

30 days
C.

15 days
D.

0 days (same day registration)

2 points

Question 50

Which of the following helps increase voter turnout in an election?
A.

party competition
B.

party competition in a district
C.

all of the above
D.

closeness of the election