Civics Test Study Guide
1. Electoral College:
A. How do you know how many electoral votes are needed to win an
B. How many total electoral votes are there as of 2007?
C. What is the popular vote?
D. If no candidate wins the majority of E.C. votes, then what
2. What is the difference between an open and closed primary?
3. What is a political party platform?
4. What is the difference between partisan and non-partisan?
5. What does it mean when they say political parties serve as watchdogs?
6. Know what conservatives and liberals (which ones are Republican and
Democrat too) believe on the following things:
A. Prayer in school
D. Gay Marriages
F. Health Care
7. What is the problem with campaign financing? Why don’t most politicians
want reform? (White sheet)
8. What is the difference between soft and hard money?
9. What is the FEC? What is their job? (White sheet)
10. What is the purpose of a Political Action Committee?
11. What limits in political contributions are placed on individuals? PAC’s?
12. What are the problems associated with PAC’s?
13. How many terms can the President serve? How long?
14. What does it mean when someone is labeled a “moderate”?
15. What is the definition of: alien, polling place, precinct, recall, initiative
petition . absentee ballot?
16. Why don’t third parties usually win? Why are they still important?
17. What did the following amendments do, dealing with voting?
18. Be able to name three ways the President can check Congress.
19. Who can make treaties? Approve of them?
20. Who is the Commander in Chief?
21. What are the jobs of the three branches?
22. What are examples of reserved, delegated, and concurrent powers?
23. What is federalism?
24. How can the Congress check the President?
25. How can the Supreme Court check the Legislative Branch?
26. What are the requirements of voting?
27. Why would a person be encouraged to vote?
28. What is propaganda?
29. What are the arguments for and against letting immigrants into this country?
30. What is right wing and left wing on political spectrum?
31. Know the history of political parties notes.
32. What does amendment number one say?
33. Who was allowed to vote in the early years of our country?
34. What is ex post facto, habeas corpus, bill of attainder?
35. What is the supremacy clause? Where can it be found?
36. Who were the only two Presidents to be impeached?
37. What are poll taxes? Literacy tests? Why used?