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What is a front burner?
An issue that must be dealt with immediately
A local politician
Something that is only addressed after an election
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If someone is a centrist where are they on the issues?
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What is a bleeding heart?
Someone who sympathizes with the downtrodden
A staunch conservative
A person who only votes in presidential elections
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What does a caucus describe?
A meeting of local party members to discuss candidates and choose delegates
A system of dividing power among the branches of government
A current officeholder
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What does an oligarchy describe?
A small group of people in power
A large amount of people in power
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What does a platform describe?
The place where the president is inaugurated
A podium a candidate uses
The positions that a party adopts
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What does red tape describe?
Government paperwork and procedures that are slow and difficult
A type of voting machine
A streamlined government process
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To stump is to:
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What is a liberal also called?
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What does GOP stand for?
Gift Of Party
Great Ordained Party
Grand Old Party
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What is a lobby?
A group seeking to influence an elected official
Members of Senate
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What does grass roots describe?
Political activity around the world
Political activity from rural areas
Political activity that originates locally, or arises from ground level
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What is a filibuster?
A prolonged speech
A national meeting of a political party
An organized effort to win an election
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What does a dark horse describe?
A candidate who is certain to win
A long shot candidate
A vocal candidate
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What does bipartisan mean?
One party works opposite the other
Two parties fighting an election
Both parties work together
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What does gerrymandering describe?
Politics controlled by a tightly-run organization
Maintaining an area as one to ensure that both parties have a fair election
The reorganization of voting districts by the party in power
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A muckraker is:
A politician who is caught lying
The president's press secretary
A journalist who seeks out the scandalous activities of public officials
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What does pork barrel describe?
Using government funds for projects to please voters or legislators
An agriculture law
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Absentee voting is:
Forgetting to vote
Voting more than once for the same candidate
A way people can vote when they can't get to their polling place
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 political system as the candidates and voters themselves.
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