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Political Vocabulary

written by: mattbeckwith
 
Test your knowledge of the vocabulary of politics, government and economics.

Question 1:


What is COMMUNISM?
Ownership of the means of production is by private individuals or corporations
Supreme power or sovereignty held by a single person
Ownership of property by the group as a whole rather than individually
A dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism

Question 2:


What is DEMOCRACY?
The supreme power is by an individual, who obtains power by inheritance
The supreme power rests in citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them
The supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system
All power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique

Question 3:


What does CONSTITUENCY mean?
The campaign of a candidate to be elected
The body of persons entitled to vote in an election
Direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question
The voters or residents in a district represented by an elective officer

Question 4:


What is GERRYMANDERING?
Going about making political speeches
The acquisition of money, gain, or advantage by dishonest, unfair, or illegal means, esp. through the abuse of one's position or influence in politics, business, etc.
Introducing a piece of legislation that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate a legislator with his or her constituents
Dividing a geographic area into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections

Question 5:


What is IMPERIALISM?
The collapse of interdependent neighboring states.
Accumulating wealth, establishing colonies and a merchant marine, and developing industry and mining to attain a favorable balance of trade.
Spreading religious influence over foreign countries.
The policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies.

Question 6:


What does THEOCRACY mean?
A holy war.
Teaching about God and the world based on mystical insight
The study of God and of God's relation to the world
A state which is governed by officials who are regarded as being divinely guided.

Question 7:


The press is often referred to as THE FOURTH ESTATE. What are the first three estates?
The aristocracy, the military and the clergy.
The nobility, the clergy and the middle class.
Kings, Lords and Commons.
The government, the military and big business.

Question 8:


What is a FIFTH COLUMN?
The underdeveloped nations of the world, esp. those with widespread poverty.
A group of people who act traitorously and subversively out of a secret sympathy with an enemy of their country.
A small group ruling a country, esp. immediately after a coup d'├ętat and before a legally constituted government has been instituted.
A band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines, etc.

Question 9:


What is an EMBARGO?
The isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.
A sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
The duties or customs imposed by a government on imports or exports
A restriction imposed upon commerce into or out of a country by edict.

Question 10:


What does the word RATIFY mean?
To confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction
To request that some person or authority make a decision, corroboration, judgment, etc.
To accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office
To challenge as false (another's statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon

 


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