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Chapter Quiz

  1. Which of the following can be considered a government policy?
      a. a new law concerning gas mileage
      b. a regulation concerning fluoride in drinking water
      c. funding TSA
      d. all of the above
  2. What is the term for the collection of topics that state and national government officials view as priority problems and for which they develop solutions?
      a. policy agenda
      b. policy feedback
      c. policy implementation
      d. competing agendas
  3. When does policymaking begin?
      a. Public officials recognize something is a problem.
      b. A law is passed.
      c. The president issues an executive order.
      d. The Supreme Court issues a statement.
  4. What concern led to the framing of school education policy??
      a. Private schools are better.
      b. US students perform poorly compared to other nations' students.
      c. Charter schools provide better education.
      d. All teachers should have master's degrees.
  5. The projected cost of a proposed policy, as revealed by a relatively simply study, is known as
      a. low cost.
      b. post ante evaluation.
      c. cost-benefit analysis.
      d. cost effectiveness.
  6. Government officials who deal directly with the public are called
      a. policy experts.
      b. street-level bureaucrats.
      c. 527 groups.
      d. cabinet secretaries.
  7. What is the term for the tendency of policymakers to follow established routines, such as ways of thinking about or acting on a specific topic?
      a. ex post policy evaluations
      b. standard operating procedures
      c. path dependence
      d. policy feedback
  8. The value of all the goods and services produced in a nation over a year is called
      a. gross state product.
      b. national income.
      c. human development index.
      d. gross domestic product.
  9. What is the term for the annually specified level of income (separately calculated for individuals and families) below which people are considered to live in poverty?
      a. low income line
      b. living income line
      c. state poverty line
      d. federal poverty line
  10. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are the three largest
      a. policy windows.
      b. entitlement programs.
      c. think tanks.
      d. government-owned companies.
  11. Medicaid is considered a(n)
      a. means tested program
      b. entitlement program
      c. wealthy program
      d. charter program
  12. The economy is managed through central banks' control of
      a. budget
      b. money supply
      c. appropriations committees
      d. federal budget deficit
  13. The idea that goods and services should move across international boundaries without government interference is called
      a. socialism.
      b. mercantilism.
      c. protectionism.
      d. free trade.
  14. What is the name of the international organization that oversees efforts to open markets and promote free trade?
      a. General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
      b. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
      c. World Trade Organization (WTO)
      d. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  15. What is the term for the deficit arising when a nation imports (or buys) more goods from foreign nations than it exports (or sells) to them?
      a. trade deficit
      b. trade surplus
      c. bankruptcy
      d. unfair trade
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