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Multiple Choice

1 .       “An organization of people who join together voluntarily on the basis of some interest they share, for the purpose of influencing policy” is a good definition of which of the following? [Hint]



2 .       Which of the following is not an example of an interest group? [Hint]



3 .       Your textbook concludes that which of the following categories of interest groups are generally the most influential? [Hint]



4 .       Business and trade groups are influential because of which of the following reasons? [Hint]



5 .       Which of the following groups would be most likely to lobby Congress on behalf of business interests? [Hint]



6 .       Which of the following is a labor-union federation? [Hint]



7 .       In which part of the United States does organized labor enjoy the most political influence? [Hint]



8 .       On which of the following issues would organized labor and business most likely agree? [Hint]



9 .       Which of the following groups is organized primarily to support the interests of African-American civil rights? [Hint]



10 .       With which of the following groups would the Christian Coalition be most likely to form a coalition in support of a shared-issue position? [Hint]



11 .       Which of the following groups calls itself “the citizens' lobby,” working for campaign finance reform and tighter rules on interest-group lobbying? [Hint]



12 .       Which of the following may legally establish PACs? [Hint]



13 .       Political action committees are organized to do which of the following? [Hint]



14 .       Political scientists believe that groups give campaign contributions to candidates seeking office in hopes of gaining legislative access. Which of the following statements best describes the meaning of legislative access? [Hint]



15 .       In general, which of the following benefit from PAC contributions? [Hint]



16 .       The American Medical Association (AMA) is one of the more influential interest groups in American politics. Which of the following strategies would the AMA be the least likely to use? [Hint]



17 .       Which of the following interest groups is best known for using litigation (lawsuits) to achieve its goals? [Hint]



18 .       What constitutes the most successful lobbying efforts of Congress? [Hint]



19 .       What factors contribute to the policymaking influence of groups? [Hint]



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