GED Social Studies : Voting and Majority Rule

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Voting And Majority Rule

The theory that political power is divided among many disparate and varied groups is called __________.

Possible Answers:

Monotheism

Pluralism

Polytheism

Oligarchy

Autocracy

Correct answer:

Pluralism

Explanation:

"Pluralism" is the name given to the theory or belief that political power is divided and shared by several disparate groups within a democratic society. In a society where pluralism is in effect, many different social, ethnic, and ideological groups are accepted and tolerated, and power is (in theory) shared equally among them.

Example Question #2 : Voting And Majority Rule

The belief that the authority and legitimacy of the government is sustained only by the will of the people is called __________.

Possible Answers:

dual federalism

cooperative federalism

popular sovereignty

constitutional judiciary

absolute monarchy

Correct answer:

popular sovereignty

Explanation:

Popular sovereignty is a concept that emerged during the Enlightenment period; it is a core concept of the American political system. It states that the only legitimate authority comes from the consent of the people.

Example Question #3 : Voting And Majority Rule

The political theory that states that the freedom and rights of the individual are more important than the power of the government is called __________.

Possible Answers:

democracy

socialism

republicanism

federalism

individualism

Correct answer:

individualism

Explanation:

For much of human history and even today in many systems of government and societies, the rights and freedoms of the individual have been suppressed in order to further the goals and/or security of the state. The political theory of individualism, an important tenet of the American political system, states that the freedom of the individual is more important than the power of the government.

Example Question #31 : Civics And Government

The principle of civic responsibility states that __________.

Possible Answers:

American citizens have a duty to engage in the political process and to vote

the government has an obligation to protect the freedom of the citizens above all else

the government has an obligation to spread democracy around the world

American citizens have a duty to spread democratic ideals around the world

the government has a duty to protect the security of the citizens

Correct answer:

American citizens have a duty to engage in the political process and to vote

Explanation:

Civic responsibility is a core ideal in American political participation. It states that American citizens have a duty to engage with the political process, and especially that they have a responsibility to get out and vote. The idea is that our freedoms and liberties are hard-won and still quite rare in the world, and we have a responsibility to maintain them by engaging with them.

Example Question #32 : Civics And Government

The process by which individuals form their ideas about politics and their affiliations with certain ideologies and parties is known as __________.

Possible Answers:

political participation

political normalization

government indoctrination

government assimilation

political socialization

Correct answer:

political socialization

Explanation:

Political socialization is a broad term used to refer to the means by which an individual forms his or her ideas about politics and develops his or her affiliations with certain ideas and political parties. Many factors impact political socialization, including parenting, education, the media, and social life.

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