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Elections Quest                                                  Pts. Poss. – 40

Multiple Choice: (2 pts. Each)

_____1. Which of the following groupings are the Constitutional provisions for who can
become president of the United States?
            a. natural born citizen, 35 yrs. old, 14 year resident of the U.S.
            b. natural born citizen, 40 yrs. old, 14 year resident of the U.S.
            c. naturalized citizen, 35 yrs. old, 14 year resident of the U.S.
            d. naturalized citizen, 40 years old, 20 resident of the U.S.

_____2. Which term means the person that currently holds the office?
          a. electorate
          b. liberal
          c. incumbent
          d. challenger

_____3. When is election day in our country?
          a. first Monday after the first Sunday in November
          b. first Tuesday after the first Monday in November
          c. first Wednesday after Halloween
          d. it is always November 4th

_____4. How is a state’s number of electoral votes determined?
          a. by the Congress
          b. by the population
          c. by the number of representatives in Congress
          d. by the President

_____5. Campaign donations that don’t specify the source are called:
           a. illegal
           b. soft money
           c. hard money
           d. very welcome

_____6. How many electors does Minnesota have?
          a. 8
          b. 10
          c. 14
          d. 21
_____7. Which state has the highest and second highest number of electoral votes
             a. Florida, Texas
             b. New York, Florida
             c. California, Texas
             d. California, Florida

_____8. Our next president will be the person that receives at least ________ electoral
           a. 250
           b. 270
           c. 290
           d. 538

_____9. Which vote is used in determining who wins a state’s electoral vote?
          a. popular
          b. Congressional
          c. Electoral
          d. State

_____10. What is the term that describes a person that is in the middle of the political
          a. liberal
          b. conservative
          c. moderate
          d. fence-riding

_____11. The smallest geographic voting area is called a:
           a. state
           b. ward
           c. precinct
           d. poll

_____12. When people vote for some republicans and some democrats on the same
ballot, it is called:
                a. split-ticket voting
                b. straight-ticket voting
                c. independent voting
                d. just plain crazy

_____13. What is the winner-take-all election format?
          a. the person that becomes President gets control of the government
          b. the person that wins a states popular vote, gets all of that state’s electoral
          c. the person that wins California usually wins the election
          d. a candidate has to win all the electoral votes to win the election
_____14. The eligible voting aged population is referred to as the:
           a. electorate
           b. constituency
           c. republic
           d. electoral college

_____15. What is the main reason our framers created the electoral college system?
          a. because the popular vote would be too high a number to count
          b. because they didn’t trust the electorate, which was largely uneducated
          c. because they did it that way in England
          d. to simplify the election process

_____16. Every state has to have a least ______ electoral votes.
           a. 1
           b. 2
           c. 3
           d. 4

_____17. Which party has typically been referred to as the “bleeding heart party”?
          a. republican
          b. democrat
          c. independent
          d. green

_____18. PAC stands for:
           a. Party At Cassies
           b. Political Action Committee
           c. Pasta And Cookies
           d. Party Association Commission

_____19. The primary purpose of PAC’s is:
           a. to hold the party national conventions
           b. to raise money for candidates supported by a certain special interest
           c. to run the elections
           d. to oversee the party’s campaign process

_____20. Which of the following are informal limitations on who can become president?
          a. white
          b. male
          c. endorsed by a major political party
          d. all of the above

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