AP U.S. Government &
Politics Practice Exam
Section I (Multiple-Choice Questions)
Directions: There are five possible answer choices for each question or
incomplete statement. Choose the one answer choice that best answers
the question or completes the statement.
1. Until the Constitution was ratified, the document that established and
defined the government of the United States was the
A. Declaration of Independence
B. Bill of Rights
C. Mayflower Compact
D. Articles of Confederation
E. Treaty of Friendship and Unity
2 AP U.S. Government & Politics
2. Which of the following statements is NOT true of the Supreme
Court's decision in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)?
A. It held that state governments could pass a law negating a fed-
eral law within their boundaries if they believed the federal law
B. It confirmed the supremacy of the federal government over
C. It determined that states could not levy taxes on federal gov-
D. It interpreted the "necessary and proper" powers clause of the
Constitution to mean that the federal government has implied
powers not specifically stated in the Constitution.
E. It upheld the constitutionality of the national bank established
by the federal government.
3. Which of the following is a clause of the Constitution that gives the
federal government broad powers in many policy areas?
A. Interstate Commerce Clause
B. Tenth Amendment
C. Free-Exercise Clause
D. Establishment Clause
E. Fiscal Federalism Clause
AP U.S. Government & Politics Practice Exam 3
4. While the practice of separate schools for black and white students
was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Brown v.
Board of Education (1954), segregation in restaurants, stores, hotels,
and other public accommodations remained legal until
A. the Supreme Court's decision in Loving v. Virginia (1967)
B. the ratification of the Twenty-Fourth Amendment (1964)
C. the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
D. state legislatures eventually changed the laws permitting
E. President Lyndon Johnson issued an executive order ending all
segregation by race
5. Which is a reason the power of the two major parties is in decline in
the United States?
A. The number of people voting for third parties has risen sharply.
B. In most states, parties no longer select the candidates for the
C. Parties no longer have state and local organizations.
D. Parties no longer conduct get-out-the-vote drives.
E. Candidates now raise most of their campaign funds themselves
and do not heavily rely on funds from their party.
6. The Supreme Court's power of judicial review was established by
A. the Bill of Rights
B. the Constitution
C. the Court's decision in Griswold v. Connecticut
D. the Court's decision in Marbury v. Madison
E. the Court's decision in Gibbons v. Ogden
4 AP U.S. Government & Politics
7. Which one of the following groups is MOST likely to participate in
A. African Americans
B. people with college degrees
C. Hispanic voters
D. people under age 35
E. people in households with below-average income
8. A filibuster occurs when
A. a majority of either the House of Representatives or the Senate
support a bill but cannot get the two-thirds majority needed for
cloture to end debate and vote
B. the Senate and House cannot agree on final language for legis-
lation both houses have passed in different versions, and debate
C. the president announces he will veto a bill, but a group of sena-
tors keep the bill alive by continuing to debate it
D. a senator or small group of senators want to draw public atten-
tion to bill so it will gain support and pass
E. a majority the Senate supports a bill, but the majority is not
large enough to produce the 60 votes needed to end debate on
the bill in the Senate
AP U.S. Government & Politics Practice Exam 5
9. Which of the following actions of the president has no basis in the
A. issuing executive orders
B. serving as leader of his political party
C. stationing U.S. troops at bases abroad
D. negotiating free trade agreements with other countries
E. proposing legislation to Congress
Federal Jobs Held by African Americans,
Women, and Hispanics
African Women Hispanics
1982 2002 1982 2002 1982 2002
Lowest Ranking Jobs
23% 28% 78% 69% 5% 8%
Highest Ranking Jobs
5% 10% 5% 32% 2% 4%
Source: U.S. Government, Office of Personnel Management
10. Which of the following statements is NOT supported by the data in
the table above?
A. While women held more of the higher-level federal jobs in
2002 than in 1982, the share of the lower-level jobs held by
women actually declined.
B. Between 1982 and 2002, women have made more progress
than blacks and Hispanics in increasing the number of higher-
level jobs they hold in government.
C. Both Hispanics and African Americans doubled their share
of higher-level jobs in the federal government between 1982
D. The share of federal jobs at both the highest and lowest levels
held by African Americans and Hispanics has increased between
1982 and 2002.
E. The percentage of federal jobs held by women increased be-
tween 1982 and 2002.
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Reducing Fear of Crime Strategies for Police Gary Cordner Reducing Fear of Crime Strategies for Police Gary Cordner Kutztown University January 2010 This project was supported by Grant Number 2003-CK-WX-K049 awarded by the Office of …
5 ACT410: Accounting for governmental & nonprofit entities Credit Hours: 3 Contact Hours: This is a 3-credit course, offered in accelerated format. This means that 16 weeks of material is covered in 8 weeks. The exact number of hours per week that you can expect …
Seminar in Public Policy Public Affairs 880K06 Syllabus Winter, 2011 Professor: David Landsbergen Time: Thursday, 1:30-4:18 Office: 310F Page Hall Location: 240 Page Hall Phone: 292-9577 Office Hours: Thursday 4:30-5:30 & By Appointment Introduction This seminar is designed to heighten the graduate student's ability to …
Study Guide American Government, Brief Edition EIGHTH EDITION James Q. Wilson Kyle Smith Western Texas College Houghton Mifflin Company BOSTON NEW YORK Senior Sponsoring Editor: Traci Mueller Development Editor: Jeffrey Green Editorial Assistant: Tiffany Hill Editorial Assistant: Carrie Parker Digital Ancillary Producer: Lindsay Mahoney Executive …
TAX PREPARER ANNUAL FEDERAL TAX AND ETHICS UPDATE (COURSE #CE100) COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to expand your knowledge of federal tax practice and satisfies the IRS continuing education requirements for Registered Tax Return Preparers. The course is composed of 3 hours of federal …