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The fact that the rich are taxed more heavily than the poor and amendments which gave voting rights to minorities were passed by large majorities suggests that:
Government does not always adopt policies that are to the narrow advantage of those who hold political offices.
Compared with the 1950s, government's involvement in the everyday lives of Americans in the 1990s is:
Considerably greater
The primary source of legitimate political authority in the United States is the:
U.S. Constitution
At the time of the Constitutional Convention, the view that a democratic government was desirable was:
far from unanimous
In recent times, Aristotle's ideal of democracy has been most closely approximated by:
the New England town meeting
Those who possess a disproportionate share of political power are defined as:
a Political Elite
Marxists claim that, in modern society, the two major classes contending for power are the:
Capitalists and Workers
C. Wright Mills suggested the most important policies are set by:
Corporate Leaders, Top Military Officials, and a Handful of Key Political Leaders
The pluralist view of political reality emphasizes the ___ of political resources.
Decentralization
The principal goal of the American Revolution was:
Liberty
In 1776, one important reason colonists regarded independence as a desirable alternative was that they:
No longer had confidence in the British constitution.
"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness," were:
Jefferson's variation on commonly listed rights.
Which of the following statements about the Declaration of Independence is correct:
It was a lawyer's brief justifying a revolution.
Under the Articles of Confederation, delegates to the national legislature were:
Chosen by the State Legislatures.
John Hancock was elected to the position of "president" under the Articles, but did not even show up for the job because:
the office featured no significant powers and was generally meaningless.
Madison's review of books on history and law led him to conclude that, in the matter of government:
the Roman Republic was a clear example of a stable government which respected the liberties of its citizens.
Shays's Rebellion, an early test of the powers of the Articles of Confederation, took in place:
Massachusetts
The presiding officer at the Philadelphia convention was:
George Washington
The New Jersey Plan was a reaction by some states primarily to the fear that:
the Virginia Plan gave too much power to populous states.
The Great Compromise finally allocated representation on the basis of:
population in the House and statehood equality in the Senate
The goal of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution was to create a:
Republic based on a system of representation.
The nature of the amendment process has probably kept the amendments added to the U.S. Constitution
relatively few in number.
The powers which are given to the national government exclusively are ___ powers.
enumerated
James Madison's main argument in favor of a federalist position, stated in Federalist 10 and 51, was in defense of:
Large Republics
The Anti-federalists voiced several concerns with a strong national government, including the fear that Congress would tax heavily. In general, over time, their fears have:
Largely been realized.
The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was intended to limit the power of:
the Federal Government.
The U.S. Constitution failed to outlaw slavery because:
Southern support was essential to the adoption of the document.
After reviewing Beard's economic interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, political theorists have found:
very little support for it.
A person who believes that the president is too weak and insufficiently accountable in the current system of separation of powers would be most likely to support:
the president serving a single six-year term, rather than being eligible for two four-year terms.
The text suggests politics exists in part because people differ about two things. Who Governs? and:
To What Ends?