AP US Government : Pluralism

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP US Government

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Pluralism

A "pluralist" society is one that is defined by

Possible Answers:

the majority's opinion always being the one holding sway.

all opinions being given equal weight in any political debate.

opposition parties having to sublimate their wishes to the majority party's policies.

any minority opinion being given full access to the highest parts of government.

many different kinds of groups having a role in the political process.

Correct answer:

many different kinds of groups having a role in the political process.

Explanation:

Pluralism often describes modern American society, especially since the 1960s. Pluralism is used in discussions of politics to refer to a society in which many different groups with many different opinions and viewpoints all have to coexist and work with each other in the political sphere. This stands in stark contrast to the popular view in the early twentieth century which held that whatever the majority of people believed should govern society.

Example Question #1 : Pluralism

The amendment to the United States constitution that abolished slavery was the _____________.

Possible Answers:

17th Amendment

12th Amendment

13th Amendment

14th Amendment

15th Amendment

Correct answer:

13th Amendment

Explanation:

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution states, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Therefore, the 13th Amendment is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Pluralism

Which of these is not a concurrent power in the United States Constitution?

Possible Answers:

The establishment of courts

To regulate immigration

All of these are concurrent powers.

To levy taxes

To promote general welfare

Correct answer:

To regulate immigration

Explanation:

A concurrent power is a power shared equally by both the state and Federal governments. Concurrent powers in the Constitution are the enforcement of laws, ability to levy taxes or borrow money, spend for the promotion of general welfare, and the ability to establish courts. Immigration is regulated by the national government.

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