AP US Government & Politics Redesign Exam
This is a 20 question sample from our AP US Government and Politics Redesign Exam.
The following two questions refer to the graph below.
Which of the following statements is reflected in the data in the chart?
Younger Americans are more likely to vote than older Americans.
There are more wealthy voters than middle income voters.
Those who live in households with higher incomes tend to vote more than those who live in households with lower incomes.
Voter turnout is higher in midterm elections than in years with presidential elections.
Which of the following is a potential consequence of the trend illustrated in the chart?
Elections will become more competitive.
The two major parties will continue to dominate American politics.
Politicians will be more responsive to voters with higher incomes.
The Democratic and Republican parties will continue to run only wealthy candidates for office.
The activities of the Federal Reserve Board have the most direct influence on which of the following:
Bank interest rates
Troop-strength levels of the armed services
If someone is charged with a felony offense and put on trial, Gideon v. Wainwright applies which provision of the 6th amendment to this and all felony trials?
The right to privacy
The right to counsel
Freedom of Assembly
The writ of habeas corpus
The following two questions refer to the map from the 2016 presidential election below.
Which of the following is an accurate statement based on the information from the map below?
Presidential candidates visit every US state.
Democratic candidates visit states with more urban areas.
Swing states have many more campaign visits than more partisan states.
The presidential campaign lasts a long time.
Which of the following is the main cause of the distribution of campaign stops depicted in the map above.
the schedule of the presidential primary system
the electoral college
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
The 14th Amednment's guarantee of equal protection under the law
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his Letter From Birmingham Jail his main goal was to:
Shame the Johnson Administration into signing the Civil Rights Act
Convince Southern Christian preachers of the justice of his cause
Alert the Supreme Court to his lack of habeas corpus rights
Spur the Republican Party to file an Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of his lawsuit to integrate the military
The following two questions refer to the map below
The map below shows the outline of a U.S. congressional district. Which of the following groups most likely drew this district?
A single political party.
A non-partisan state commission.
A state district judge.
A federal bipartisan congressional committee.
Which of the following is the most likely consequence of the way the district is drawn in the map above?
It will likely lead to a less competitive general election.
It will likely lead to a highly competitive election.
It will lead to the election of a minor party to Congress.
It will dramatically increase voter turnout.
Which of the following is true of both members of the House of Representatives and Senators?
They must be citizens of the US
They serve two-year terms of Office
They can have their election chances directly affected by reapportionment
They must be at least thirty years of age.
Which of the following was the main constitutional issue in United States v. Lopez (1995)?
The legitimacy of Checks and Balances
The limits of Congress' ability to legislate with the commerce clause
The power of the states to exercise Immigration enforcement
Student privacy rights at school
A high student supports a policy of stricter gun control in the United States. Which of the following would be the least politically efficacious method of achieving their goals.
Create an interest group to focus on the issue
Lobby a member of Congress
Stage a rally advocating stronger gun control and invite the media to attend
Run for President of the United States
Which of the following scenarios would be considered an unconstitutional use of state power?
A state passes a law increasing funding for public schools.
A state enacts a law prohibiting texting while driving.
A state places a tax on textiles made in a foreign country.
A state raises the speed limit to 75.
Based on the precedents set in previous court rulings, which of the following scenarios would most likely violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment?
A law banning the burning of an American flag.
A mayor refuses to allow an unpopular group to hold a political rally.
The federal government passes a law prohibiting assault rifles.
A pubic school principal leading a prayer over the public address system at a football game.
The next two questions refer to the following excerpt:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." This quotation comes from which of the following sources?
The First Amendment
The Declaration of Indpendence
The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution
The Bill of Rights
One of the main reasons for writing the document that is quoted in the excerpt above was to
Establish a system of Checks and Balances
Establish a justification for ending the Articles of Confederation
Express to the world the reasons for American separation from Britain
Convince states to ratify the U.S. Constitution
If a bill passed by the Congress is not signed or vetoed by the president within 10 days while Congress is still in session which of the following happens?
The bill automatically returns to the conference committee.
The bill is tabled and cannot be resubmitted to the president until the next session.
The bill automatically becomes law.
The bill dies, and if Congress wants to keep the issue alive, it will have to start all over by passing a new bill in the next session.
Which of the following is generally the most important influence on the choice made by voters in presidential elections?
Party platform adopted at the national convention
Vice-presidential running mate
Endorsement by political incumbents
The following two questions refer to the photograph below.
The photograph below best depicts which of the following student rights?
Which of the following Supreme Court cases is most relevant to the topic of the photograph above?
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
Uinted States v. Lopez (1995)
Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
Engel v. Vitale (1962)
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