Politics in the American States, Part 1

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Questions regarding the socioeconomic and political context of the states.
Michael McKenna
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Question 1

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What political party took control of the United States House of Representatives after the November 2010 elections?
Answer
  • Democratic Party
  • Republican Party
  • Independent

Question 2

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How many of the 50 states have Republican governors?
Answer
  • 9
  • 19
  • 29
  • 39

Question 3

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The states are currently in the worst financial shape since the Great Depression. What is the culprit?
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  • The national recession that began at the end of 2007
  • The dot-com bubble burst in March of 2000
  • The increase in student loan debt
  • The war on terror

Question 4

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Which state was the first to enact greenhouse gas legislation in 2006?
Answer
  • New York
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • California

Question 5

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Which state was the first to adopt universal health care coverage in 2003?
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  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire

Question 6

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In 2011, the states were ranked based on their policy liberalism, with the most liberal state, California, at number 1, and the least liberal state, Arkansas, at number 50. Out of the following list of states, select the three that rank in the top ten on policy liberalism.
Answer
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Connecticut
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Indiana

Question 7

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The state of California has a higher population than the country of Canada.
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  • True
  • False

Question 8

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From 2000-2010, only one state shrank in population. Choose that state.
Answer
  • Texas
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Ohio

Question 9

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In the next twenty years, how many "baby boomers" will exit the workforce and become dependent on Medicare and Social Security?
Answer
  • 39 million
  • 59 million
  • 79 million

Question 10

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Select the four states with over 15% of their population over the age of sixty-five.
Answer
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • Nevada
  • West Virginia
  • Maine
  • California

Question 11

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In 2009, immigrants numbered nearly 37 million, or 11% of the population of the United States.
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  • True
  • False

Question 12

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The pace of immigration in the United States rose rapidly with the onset of the recession in 2007.
Answer
  • True
  • False

Question 13

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Immigrants tend to arrive in six states: California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, and...
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  • Illinois
  • Arizona
  • Michigan

Question 14

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How long must an immigrant wait to apply for federal welfare and health benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), TANF, SSI (supplemental security income), Medicaid, or SCHIP (state children's insurance program)?
Answer
  • 90 days
  • 1 year
  • 5 years
  • 10 years

Question 15

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In what year is it projected that minorities will surpass the majority in the United States?
Answer
  • 2064
  • 2031
  • 2042
  • 2053

Question 16

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In how many states are whites not the majority of the population?
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  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Question 17

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Alaska is more than four times the size of Texas.
Answer
  • True
  • False

Question 18

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Which state is the top farm producer?
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  • California
  • Nevada
  • Iowa
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania

Question 19

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On which state capitol is the following inscription: "Here is the land where life is written in water."
Answer
  • Colorado
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Florida

Question 20

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Wyoming has no income tax. Which resource allows them to afford this by making up 34% of tax collections?
Answer
  • A high state sales tax
  • Interest from a mineral trust fund and severance taxes on natural gas, coal and oil
  • High property taxes

Question 21

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Which state has no income tax OR sales tax, and grants their citizens an annual dividend of over $1,000 because of revenues from severance taxes on oil and natural gas?
Answer
  • Texas
  • Tennessee
  • Alaska
  • Montana

Question 22

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Texas has the largest economy out of all 50 states with a Gross State Product of $1.9 billion.
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  • True
  • False

Question 23

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Which state has the smallest state economy with a GSP of $25.6 billion?
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  • Vermont
  • Michigan
  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi

Question 24

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Mining is the leading industry in three states. Which answer is NOT one of those states?
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  • Alaska
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Montana

Question 25

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The finance and insurance industry is the top industry in four states. Choose those four states.
Answer
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • California

Question 26

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The state of Washington ranks #1 in export-related manufacturing, at 8.7% of its employment. What is this states #1 export?
Answer
  • Boeing aircraft
  • Seafood
  • Automobiles
  • Ship manufacturing

Question 27

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Which state is NOT paired with it's #1 export?
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  • Kansas - civilian aircraft
  • South Carolina - passenger vehicles
  • Alabama - passenger vehicles
  • Indiana - passenger vehicles

Question 28

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The state of Texas has such an important economic tie to Mexico, that its newly elected governors often visit Mexico City before Washington D.C.
Answer
  • True
  • False

Question 29

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Per capita personal income is a measure of the average income of the citizen of a state. Which state is #1 at $56,001?
Answer
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Florida
  • California

Question 30

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Which state is ranked last in per capita personal income at $31,186?
Answer
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Florida
  • Kentucky

Question 31

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Which state's Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that its state ban on same-sex marriage violated the state constitution?
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  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Question 32

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After the Supreme Court of the state in the previous question ruled that its ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, how many states reacted by defining marriage in their constitution as being between a man and woman so as to preclude same-sex marriage?
Answer
  • 10
  • 20
  • 30
  • 40

Question 33

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Which state enacted the nation's first single-payer health care system?
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  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • Maine
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