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Title: American Government


1
American Government Chapter 5Political Parties
Section 1 and 2 Questions
2
Question 1
  • Identify the two major political parties that
    represent the United States.

3
Answer 1
  • Democratic Party
  • Republican Party

4
Question 2
  • Whats the purpose of a political party?

5
Answer 2
  • To control government through winning elections
    and holding public office. By controlling
    government a party can affect certain public
    policies and programs.

6
Question 2
  • Whats the major function of a political party?

7
Answer 2
  • To nominate or name candidates for public office.

8
Question 3
  • Clearly explain how political parties try to
    inform as well as inspire voters. Identify two
    ways.

9
Answer 3
  • A political party informs voters through
  • Pamphlets
  • Signs
  • Buttons
  • Stickers
  • Speeches

10
Question 4
  • What type of political system does the United
    States have?

11
Answer 4
  • two-party system

12
Question 5
  • Did the framers of the United States Constitution
    favor the two-party system?

13
Answer 5
  • No

14
Question 6
  • Who were Americas first two political parties?

15
Answer 6
  • Federalists
  • Anti-Federalists

16
Question 7
  • Why do Americans tend to accept the idea that we
    should have a two party system?

17
Answer 7
  • Most Americans support the two-party political
    system because there has always been one.

18
Question 8
  • What type of elections are held in the United
    States?

19
Answer 8
  • Single-member district elections in which only
    one candidate is elected to each office on the
    ballot it the most common form of election.

20
Question 9
  • Is it common for 3rd parties or minor parties to
    have their candidates listed on an election
    ballot?

21
Answer 9
  • No Play Perot clip

22
Question 10
  • Is it common for major political parties to have
    their candidates listed on an election ballot?

23
Answer 10
  • Yes

24
Question 11
  • Identify two differences between the Democratic
    and Republic party.

25
Answer 11
  • Democratic Beliefs The Democratic Party tends
    to support government involvement in your life.

26
Answer 11
  • Republican beliefs The Republican Party
    believes there should be less government
    involvement.

27
American Government Chapter 5Political Parties
Section 3 and 4 Questions
28
Question 1
  • Do most Americans support third parties?

29
Answer 1
  • No play Perot clip.

30
Question 2
  • What type of convention do the Democrats and
    Republicans use to select their presidential
    candidates?

31
Answer 2
  • national conventions

32
Question 3
  • Explain how minor parties or third parties play
    the spoiler role in local, state, and national
    elections.

33
Answer 3 Play Perot
  • The third-party plays the spoiler role by pulling
    voters from one of the major parties.

34
Question 4
  • How do minor parties or third parties differ from
    major parties on controversial issues?

35
Answer 4
  • Minor parties make clear-cut stands on
    controversial issues and draw attention to issues
    that major parties prefer to ignore.

36
Question 5
  • Who accepted the nomination for President of the
    U.S. for the Green Party in 2000?

37
Answer 5
  • Ralph Nader

38
Question 6
  • Who is the current leader of the Green Party?

39
Answer 6
  • Ralph Nader

40
Question 7
  • Is the Green Party a major political party or a
    third party?

41
Answer 7
  • third-party or minor party

42
Question 8
  • Identify three items that the Green Party
    supports.

43
Answer 8
  • Healthier environment
  • An end to poverty
  • Peace

44
Question 9
  • Identify three items that the Green Party is
    against.

45
Answer 9
  • Big business controlling public lands
  • Discrimination
  • Bigotry

46
Question 10
  • The leader of the Green Party warns Americas
    youth that If you do not turn on to politics,
    politics will turn on you. The fact that we have
    so many inequalities demonstrates this point.
    What does this quote mean?

47
Answer 10
  • If you do not take an interest in what happening
    to our country politically, laws may be enacted
    that could potentially harm you. For example,
    Jim Crow laws.

48
Question 11
  • In your opinion, why dont third party candidates
    win presidential elections?

49
Answer 11
  • They dont have the large sums of money and their
    stances on issues are too controversial.

50
Question 12
  • Define the term minor party. Based on your
    definition of minor party, what do you think a
    major party is?

51
Answer 12
  • Minor party A political party without wide
    support.
  • Major party A political party with wide-spread
    support.

52
Question 13
  • Define the terms bipartisan and incumbent.

53
Answer 13
  • Bipartisan When the two major parties find
    common ground and work together.
  • Incumbent Current officeholder.

54
Question 14
  • Identify the symbol that represents the
    Republican Party? What symbol represents the
    Democratic Party?

55
Answer 14
  • Democratic Party Donkey
  • Republican Party Elephant

56
Why the donkey?
  • When Andrew Jackson ran for president in 1828,
    his opponents tried to label him a "jackass" for
    his populist views and his slogan, "Let the
    people rule. Jackson, however, picked up on
    their name calling and turned it to his own
    advantage by using the donkey on his campaign
    posters

57
Why the elephant?
  • The Elephant Political cartoonist Thomas Nast
    was also responsible for the Republican Party
    elephant. In a cartoon that appeared in Harper's
    Weekly in 1874, Nast drew a donkey clothed in
    lion's skin, scaring away all the animals at the
    zoo. One of those animals, the elephant, was
    labeled "The Republican Vote." That's all it took
    for the elephant to become associated with the
    Republican Party.
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