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Presidential Elections

Printable reading comprehension quiz for in-class use


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  1. How often does the United States hold presidential elections?
    • every two years
    • every four years
    • every six years
  2. What is the 'third party'?
    • The Republicans
    • The Democrats
    • Neither of the two main parities
  3. How many times has a third party won in the last 100 years?
    • Once
    • Twice
    • Never
  4. What must a person do to become a presidential nominee?
    • Win the general election
    • Win a primary election
    • Decide to run for president
  5. When are primaries held?
    • During the second half of the election year
    • During the previous year to the election
    • During the first half of the election year
  6. Where is the nominee chosen?
    • In Washington D.C.
    • At the party convention
    • On the campaign
  7. What is the main purpose of the debates?
    • Raising money for the election
    • Helping to understand the candidates' points of view
    • To attract advertising
  8. What is the party platform?
    • The belief of a specific presidential nominee
    • The general beliefs and policies of the party
    • The place where the party is held
  9. What is a stump speech?
    • A special speech for a particular group
    • The standard speech given by a nominee many times
    • A speech about the forest
  10. What do many people believe about the campaigns?
    • They are too positive.
    • They are too negative.
    • They are perfect.
  11. What is an attack ad?
    • An advertisement which presents a nominee's point of view on an issue
    • An advertisement which contains a sound bite which distorts the truth
    • A type of party platform
  12. What has recent voter turnout been?
    • More than 60%
    • Less than 60%
    • Less than 30%
  13. Which statement is false?
    • Many people feel that voting is a responsibility of citizens.
    • Many people feel that not voting is expressing an opinion.
    • Voting is required by law.
  14. Which statement is true?
    • American voters elect their president directly.
    • American voters elect their president indirectly.
    • American voters have no say in the choice of a president.
  15. Which statement is true?
    • In a state with 12 electoral votes, the majority of the popular vote takes all 12 electoral votes.
    • In a state with 12 electoral votes, the minority of the popular vote takes all 12 electoral votes.
    • In a state with 12 electoral votes, the electoral votes are split evenly based on the popular vote.

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