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What is a whip?
A silly law
An idividual who's set to ensure discipline in a legislature
A forgotten candidate
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What does GOP stand for?
Great Old Party
Giving Original Party
Grand Old Party
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If something is considered bipartisan, how many parties are involved?
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What do people at a caucus do?
Discuss candidates and choose delegates to the party's convention
Hand out flyers to voters
Cast their vote for president
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What's a dark horse candidate?
A long-shot candidate
A candidate that's certain to win
A candidate who travels all the time
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What's a filibuster?
When delegates formally elect a party's nominee
When a senators obstructs the passage of a bill by talking continuously.
An informal meeting of local party members
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If an issue is on the front burner, what should happen?
It must be dealt with immediately
It can be discussed when a new president comes in
It should be forgotten
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What's an incumbent?
A former officeholder
A current officeholder
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If someone is Left-wing, what are they?
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What does a lobby do?
A group that seeks to influence an elected official
A group that holds committees to research a candidate
A group that discourages people from running for office
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What's a platform?
The place where a party's national convention is held
The place where a candidate stands during inauguration
The positions that a party adopts
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What's a pundit describe?
A party's press secretary
A political analyst
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What does it mean to stump?
To campaign on TV
To campaign in person on a local level
To attend a party's national convention
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What type of vote is a swing vote?
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What does spin describe?
The stops on a campaign trail
The place where behind-the-scenes political wheeling and dealing occurs
A politician's attempt to shape the way the public looks at an issue
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What does red tape describe?
Government paperwork and procedures that are slow and difficult
Quick decision making in government
The president's authority in decision making
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What does pork barrel describe?
Agricultural issues that plague politicians
Wasteful, unnecessary projects that politicians secure for their districts
Necessary projects that politicians secure to win elections
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What does a poll do?
A mechanism used by the president to explain his position to Congress
A gavel the Speaker of the House uses to get attention
A survey used to gauge public opinion
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What's a muckraker?
A candidate chosen by a political party
A journalist who seeks out the scandalous activities of public officials
A vote or action that is likely to be unpopular
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What is a Lame Duck?
A smear campaign against a politician
An official in the final period of office
A politician who makes zero changes
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What's a fishing expedition?
The reorganization of voting districts
An investigation with no defined purpose to seek damaging information
Did you always have an interest in politics? Were you fascinated by how America came to be? How the different branches of government offer a system of checks and balances that make this democracy work? Do you know how a campaign works, and who does what—from the candidates to lobbyists, from the caucuses to voters? Is politics a hobby or even a way of life for you?
If you said "yes' to any of those questions, this is the quiz for you? American politics has a fun, fascinating and colorful history and ALL the terms to go with it. Take this quiz to see how well you know the definitions of some very unusual words that are as much a part of the American voting system as the candidates and voters themselves. They are terms you've heard ever since you can rememeber—but do you know what those words really mean? There's only one way to tell—take this quiz to see how well you can identify these pretty tricky political terms!
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