There is a diagnostic exam that is modeled on the actual AP exam.
It is intended to give you an idea of what to expect in AP U.S.
After you have completed the multiple-choice and the freeresponse questions, you should check your answers to the multiple-choice questions against the given answers and read over the sample rubrics for the free-response questions.
The real exam will ask multiple-choice and free-response questions.
The coverage of topics on the actual exam is approximated by answering questions.
Check against the given answers and the free-response rubrics.
Determine your strengths and weaknesses.
Earmark the concepts that are important to you.
Five suggested answers or completions are followed by each of the questions or incomplete statements.
Pick the one that is best in each case and fill in the corresponding oval on the answer sheet.
Calvin Coolidge, Spiro Agnew, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon resigned from office.
The impeachment cases must be heard in the Senate.
The Supreme Court is presiding over the Senate and House.
The U.S. Treasury Department is an example of a government corporation.
Before the Supreme Court hears the oral arguments of a case, each side must present written documents supporting their legal viewpoint.
The document had to be approved by 9 of the 13 states and by a two-thirds vote of the people in each state.
The powers of government in the United States are divided into national, state, and regional governments.
The stewardship theory is a political belief that the president should act in the best interests of the people.
There are two types of federal courts in the United States.
The courts are addressed in the Constitution.
The House of Representatives has a certain number of representatives.
The president has the power to make appointments, but he or she also has the power to remove officials from office.
The Supreme Court of the United States has jurisdiction over both original and appellate matters.
The court only decides a few cases each year.
You have 100 minutes to answer all the questions.
If the directions don't say so, respond to all of the questions.
You should take a few minutes to plan and outline each answer.
As the question is numbered below, make sure to number your answers.
If you need more space, use a separate sheet of paper.
Legislative strategies can be used to kill or delay a bill.
You can perform the following tasks from this information and your knowledge of United States politics.
Explain how each affects voter turnout.
New legislation or a constitutional amendment can expand civil rights.
The United States has a Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court hears disputes.
The judicial decision-making process can be influenced by a number of factors.
The Bill of Rights included freedom of speech, petition, assembly, religion, and the press, as well as the right to bear arms.
Civil liberties were not included in the Articles of Confederation.
The Declaration of Independence did not establish civil liberties because it did not have the force of law.
The right of trial by jury is only granted in federal cases.
The Watergate scandal led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.
He is the only one to leave office.
Lyndon Johnson and Calvin Coolidge completed their terms of office.
Taylor died in office.
Spiro Agnew was not a president, but a vice president.
The Senate tries or sits in judgment of impeachment cases, whereas the House of Representatives brings charges of impeachment.
The Postal Service is a government organization.
The U.S. Treasury is part of the federal government.
The armed forces are part of the Defense Department, while the IRS is an independent agency.
Independent regulatory agencies are part of the executive branch.
Primary elections are held to choose candidates from within a political party.
Primary elections narrow the field of party candidates to one, giving voters the choice of only one candidate per party in the general election.
State legislatures don't use primary results to determine political districts.
Primary elections limit the influence of third-party candidates.
The primary goal of political parties is to win elections.
Only one aspect of the role of political parties at the national level is reflected by choice.
The primary goals of major U.S. political parties are to affect public policy, define party principles, and promote an individual political cause.
The Federal Reserve System was created in 1913 to regulate the money supply.
Fraudulent trade practices are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission.
The exchange of securities is supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Department of the Treasury is a department of the federal government that collects revenue and administers federal finances.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from faulty consumer products.
Senate elections are staggered so that only one-third of the Senate is elected every two years.
In statewide, at-large elections, senators are elected, resulting in a larger and more diverse constituency.
The Senate's prestige leads to more media interest.
Because senators are elected from the entire state, their constituency is more diverse.
The nature of the U.S. presidency in the late 18th century made it difficult for the founding fathers to anticipate the extent to which future presidents would use their power.
The presidential role in the Constitution is a check on the power of the vote and as administrator of bills passed by Congress.
The president is given the command of the armed forces.
The president is both the chief executive and the ceremonial head of the United States.
Each side's views on the case are presented in brief to the court.
Briefs don't present the viewpoint of the court.
A legal document grants a right or a contractual relationship.
A writ is a legal order requiring a person to do or refrain from a specific act, whereas a prospectus is a document that describes major features of a proposed project.
A filibuster is only used in the Senate, where debate is not limited.
It is difficult to stop a filibuster because senators are hesitant to place limits on one another.
The largest number of interest groups are based on economic issues.
Voting in presidential elections is used by the largest number of Americans.
Most Americans don't vote in local elections or work for a political party.
A lack of political participation is referred to as choice, while knowledge is referred to as choice.
The number of representatives is determined by the results of the most recent census.
The members of the House of Representatives are elected every two years.
The size of the House may be changed.
Only states with a small population can allow for only one representative to be elected in at-large elections.
According to population, the Virginia Plan provided for the apportionment of representatives.
Voters may vote for any candidate, even if they aren't legally pledged to vote for them.
The Senate decides the election if no candidate wins a majority of electoral votes.
In the election of 2000 (D), the candidate winning the popular vote lost.
Each state has a number of representatives and senators.
State aid given to a church school must be secular under the standards created by the Lemon Test.
A, B, C, and D are not included in the court decision.
State governments regulate voter registration.
9 of the 13 states would have to approve the amendment to the Constitution.
The House of Representatives has more members than the Senate.
The Senate majority leader is often the spokesman for the majority party in the Senate.
Revenue bills can only be introduced in the House.
The Senate can reject or approve a treaty made by the president.
The president is limited to two terms and not more than ten years in office by the Twenty-Second Amendment.
Voters in the District of Columbia can vote in presidential elections.
Ronald Reagan appointed the first woman to the Supreme Court in 1981.
If there is not a majority in the electoral college, the House of Representatives can initiate revenue bills and bring charges of impeachment.
A bureaucracy is made up of several levels of authority.
The departments and agencies are often carried out with specialization.
The president, special interest groups, political parties, and themselves are all represented by members of the federal bureaucracy.
Federalism is the division of governmental powers between the national, state, and several regional and local governments.
The powers of the government are given through a constitution.
The people rule democracy.
The people are ruled by elected representatives in a republican government.
The limits of checks and balances are placed by one branch of the federal government over another.
Private groups try to get the government to respond to their issue or philosophy.
Choices do not define an interest group.
A lobbyist is a representative of a group.
The stewardship theory was promoted by Theodore Roosevelt.
In his 1913 autobiography, he articulated this philosophy.
If there is no absolute majority in a primary, states may have to have a runoff election.
Any qualified voter can participate in an open primary.
Participants in a closed primary must be declared party members.
A nonpartisan primary is one in which the candidates don't run on party lines.
A direct primary is an election in which voters directly vote for their party's candidates.