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

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


What is GERRYMANDERING?
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.
Dividing a geographic area into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections
Going about making political speeches
Introducing a piece of legislation that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate a legislator with his or her constituents

Question 5:


What is IMPERIALISM?
The collapse of interdependent neighboring states.
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.
Accumulating wealth, establishing colonies and a merchant marine, and developing industry and mining to attain a favorable balance of trade.

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


What is an EMBARGO?
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.
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.

Question 10:


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

 


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