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Chapter 11 Vocabulary Practice Test - Politics in Action



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Match each definition with the correct vocabulary term below
a.
A general term for the right to vote
b.
The fee that a person had to pay before voting - the 24th Amendment prohibits this
c.
General term for an election in which all voters choose the winner for each office
d.
A meeting of political party members to nominate candidates and decide party strategy for an election
e.
An official ballot mailed to an election official by a voter before an election because the voter is unable to vote on election day
f.
The opening speech at a national nominating convention, which praises the party and criticizes the opposition
g.
During an this type of election, when there are races for Congress, governor, and state and local lawmakers, voter turn-out is lower than when there is also a race for President of the U.S.
h.
An election in which all party members may vote to choose the party's candidate
 

 1. 

absentee ballot
 

 2. 

franchise
 

 3. 

nominating convention
 

 4. 

poll tax
 

 5. 

direct primary
 

 6. 

off-year election
 

 7. 

keynote speech
 

 8. 

general election
 
 
Match each definition with the correct vocabulary term below
a.
A ballot that is printed, paid for, and distributed by state or local governments to qualified voters at polling places established by state law; a secret ballot
b.
The provision in the laws of Southern states permitting a person to vote without taking the literacy test or paying a tax to vote, if he or one of his ancestors had been entitled to vote (directed against southern Black Americans and declared unconstitutional in 1915)
c.
In an election, when a winning candidate receives the highest number of votes, he or she has received a __?__ of the votes; this is the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes)
d.
Written or oral examination, now illegal, requiring citizens to prove their ability to read, write, and understand documents before being allowed to vote
e.
A type of direct primary election in which citizens must declare their party affiliation and can vote only for their party's candidates.
f.
Type of ballot that lists candidates together by the office they are seeking, and their party affiliation is listed beside their name
g.
During political parties' national nominating conventions, many ballots may be needed to decide on a presidential nominee, and in last-minute bargaining, these candidates sometimes have won nomination when the front runners became deadlocked
h.
When something is supported by members of two major political parties
i.
A person who is present at a polling place to ensure an honest election
 

 9. 

poll watcher
 

 10. 

dark horse candidate
 

 11. 

office-group ballot
 

 12. 

plurality
 

 13. 

grandfather clause
 

 14. 

literacy test
 

 15. 

Australian ballot
 

 16. 

closed primary
 

 17. 

bipartisan
 
 
Match each definition with the correct vocabulary term below
a.
The public support given to a candidate, usually by a newspaper or radio or television station
b.
The type of direct primary in which voters do not have to declare a party preference
c.
A political survey used to determine voters' opinions; can be used as a verb or as a noun
d.
A petition with the signatures of a required number of qualified voters who support putting a candidate's name on the ballot
e.
Naming a candidate to run for office
 

 18. 

nominating petition
 

 19. 

nomination
 

 20. 

endorsement
 

 21. 

open primary
 

 22. 

canvass
 



 
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