U. S. Government: Democracy In Action

Chapter 1: People and Government

People and Government

The evolutionary theory of government origin hypothesizes that the state started out as __________
A)a consolidation of one person's power.
B)an agreement between rulers and ruled.
C)an extended family.
D)God's creation.
A government establishes courts to __________
A)stimulate economic growth.
B)defend the country from attack.
C)maintain social order.
D)promote public health and safety.
A unitary system of government gives all key powers to the __________
A)national government.
B)provincial governments.
C)county governments.
D)city governments.
One purpose a constitution serves is to __________
A)establish a basic structure of government.
B)put all of a nation's laws and customs in writing.
C)give government unlimited powers.
D)always reflect the actual practice of government.
The key idea of democracy is that the people of a country __________
A)hold sovereign power.
B)cannot put limits on power.
C)appear to have power but are actually suppressed.
D)meet regularly to decide key issues.
Democracy requires that all people be free to __________
A)develop their own capacities.
B)do whatever they want.
C)do what their leaders permit.
D)vote on every issue individually.
Today the American economy and others like it are described as __________
A)mixed-market economies.
B)pure capitalist systems.
C)democratic socialism.
D)command economies.
Karl Marx predicted that workers would overthrow capitalist governments and create their own government that would __________
A)own the means of production.
B)keep its hands off the economy.
C)ensure free competition in the marketplace.
D)pay workers just enough to survive.
The four essential features of a modern state are population, territory, government, and __________
B)social consensus.
C)common customs.
D)one language.
The countries most likely to succeed as democracies have citizens who __________
A)cannot control their economic lives.
B)inform themselves about issues.
C)avoid serving on juries.
D)have differences of opinion on all basic issues.
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