Introduction to Politics, 1Ce – Introduction

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Question 1:


a) “Politics is the art of the possible.”
b) “Man is a political animal.”
c) Politics is about “who gets what, when and how.”
d) All political power is corrupting.

Question 2:


a) As a way for one class to oppress another
b) As a way of reaching mutually beneficial compromises
c) As a natural product of human competitiveness
d) As the only way to resolve class antagonisms

Question 3:


a) no-one believes in ideology any more.
b) liberal democratic values are dominant in the developed world.
c) Karl Marx was right after all.
d) history is a very tedious subject which should disappear from the National Curriculum.

Question 4:


a) who takes the key decisions.
b) the values that influence key decisions.
c) whether or not ordinary people have a chance to influence key decisions.
d) all of the above.

Question 5:


a) something which is guaranteed to anyone who holds a high office of state.
b) the strength to impose one’s will.
c) the possession of legitimate power.
d) having a lot of admirers within the media.

Question 6:


a) the ruling party at any given time.
b) the bureaucratic machine.
c) a range of institutions which includes among other things the bureaucracy, judges, police, and security services.
d) an all-powerful network of individuals from similar social backgrounds, all of whom conspire to deprive ordinary people of their rights.

Question 7:


a) politicians made more rational decisions.
b) the conduct of human beings was completely predictable.
c) researchers were more painstaking in assembling their evidence.
d) students of politics wore white coats and worked in laboratories.

Question 8:


a) democracy was inevitable.
b) aristocratic rule was always corrupt.
c) monarchy was the “ideal” form of government.
d) democracy could work but only in states which adopted proportional representation.

Question 9:


a) concerned with asking value questions.
b) focused on the identification of observable phenomena.
c) an approach that looks at the meanings and origins of the concepts used in the discipline.
d) a form of deductive theory with origins in economic models of human behaviour.