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When discussing “the basics” of local government, the authors focus on an important concept: that all local governments exist as an arm of the state government. Which of the following sources is most related to this basic idea of local government?
Which of the following statements inaccurately describes the history and function of county government?
Which of the following is characteristic of county governments in Texas?
Elected officials include the commissioners court.
Property taxes play what role in county and state income?
They permit the state to avoid the use of income taxes.
Where home rule cities ______, general law cities ______.
make up around 30 percent of cities in Texas; make up around 70 percent of cities in Texas
Which of the following is not a form of city government found in Texas?
Which of the following forms of city government is the most commonly found in Texas?
Which of the following is not a type of city election found in Texas?
In which type of city election do voters cast the same number of votes as number of seats on the council?
Which of the following is an example of a major political issue being dealt with by city governments?
Zoning and planning policies
City governments are one example of local governments in Texas. Other than city governments, all of the following are also examples of local governments except
Dillon’s Rule describes a principle that assumes ______ to be a creature of _______.
local government; state government
The concept that the national government sets up policy guidelines and then expects the state government to pay for the programs is known as
The governing body for Texas counties is the
e. council of county managers.
Elections in which candidates’ names and party affiliations appear on the ballot are called
Which of the following accurately describe a merit or civil service system?
Government jobs are based on qualifications and formal training.
Justices of the peace and constables serve as judicial officers for what kind of cases?
Minor criminal cases
Which of the following describes city charters correctly?
Home rule city voters approve of their city’s charter.
Machine politics refers to
local party bosses who use the patronage system for jobs and benefits.
Which of the following is not a service provided by municipal utility districts?
In the Introduction of Chapter 1, the authors note the difference between legendary Texas and true Texas history. Which of the following examples of this difference did the authors suggest?
The frontier image of Texas versus business innovation in the global marketplace.
In the Texas Geography section of Chapter 1, the authors note the relationship between the land of Texas and the mentality of Texans. Which of the following is the authors’ example of Texans’ mentality being shaped by the state’s geographic size?
The sense that Texas is a place of limitless potential
Which of the following are noted by the authors as contributors to the “birth of Texas traditions?”
Both the Spanish and the French
In the Mexican Independence section of Chapter 1, what was a noted motivation for Mexican independence from Spain?
The demand that those born in the New World be endowed with the same rights as those born in Europe
In the Texas Revolution section of Chapter 1, which of the following was not among the divisive issues during the revolution and subsequent Texas independence?
Texans needed to choose between statehood in the United States or being an independent republic.
Which of the following events followed closely the forming of the Republic of Texas?
Sam Houston was elected as president.
Texas’s statehood in the United States
was not made official in 1846.
Texas’s secession from the United States
was formally established in 1861.
Reconstruction in Texas met the demands of Radical Republicans in Congress
through the Texas Constitution of 1869.
Which one of the following was not an influential “Redeemer” following the end of Reconstruction in Texas?
Which of the following was not an area of change in Texas’s “Era of Reform?”
In the authors’ description of Texas during the Great Depression and New Deal, which of the following did not occur?
The booming oil industry spared the Texas economy from the effects of the Depression.
In the section Transitions to the Twenty-first Century, the authors write, “Texas spent the rest of the twentieth century in transition.” Which of the following is noted in that section as a transition?
The growth of women’s political rights and participation
Which of the following political culture types is most rarely found in Texas?
Texas history can be best understood as
a long string of transitions that often brought conflict between old ways and new ways.
The question of whether or not the United States should annex Texas, was most heavily influenced and delayed by
the issue of slavery.
All of the following have been causes of major transitions in Texas politics except
the rise to prominence of cowboys in Texas government in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
The rise of the Grange and the “Redeemers” was important because
it led to the writing of a constitution that is still in use in Texas today.
The reform movement in Texas became occupied with the issue of prohibition of the consumption of alcohol because
Texas lacked the large corporations and big-city political machines that energized the reform movement in the North.
Texas reduced its reliance on most forms of taxation in the first part of the twentieth century because of
a large influx of funds from the rapidly growing oil industry.
Texas has a history of electing “colorful” governors such as “Pa” Ferguson and “Pappy” O’Daniel because
the size of the state makes it difficult to create political organizations and gives an advantage to those who can “stand out.”
The weakening of the influence of Civil War allegiances in Texas has led to the growing power of the Republican Party because
conservatives have been willing to abandon the Democratic Party.
Traditionalistic political culture is characterized by
the belief that the intervention of community forces is sometimes necessary to advance the public good.
Today the identity of what it means to be a Texan has become unclear because of
the increasing irrelevance of the elements of that identity to the lives of Texans.
Compared to national averages Texas
has a larger economy.
In the past Hispanics have been __________ in political conflict in Texas, and in the future they are likely to be __________.
The decision of the Texas State Board of Education concerning how to identify the heroes of the Alamo illustrates
the tendency to undervalue the contributions of Hispanics to Texas history.
Texas struggles to meet its current challenges, in part, because its government is
When introducing the chapter on the Texas Constitution, the authors describe the majority view of Texans as
wanting a fiscally restrained and unobtrusive government.
Where the U.S. Constitution is ____ and ____, the Texas Constitution is ____ and ____.
brief and flexible; long and detailed
In creating a federal system, the founders of the U.S. Constitution were agreeing to
a compromise between a confederacy and a unitary form of government.
Where ______ federalism addresses the distribution of power between the national government and the state governments, ______ federalism addresses the distribution of power at the state government level.
All of the following statements are true concerning the legislative branch of government in the current Texas Constitution except
the members of the legislature set their own salaries.
The Texas executive branch is called a plural executive because
the governor shares power with several other officials who are elected separately.
All members of the Texas judiciary are
The Texas Constitution is criticized for
containing too many specific policy restrictions.
According to your text, the winners under the current constitutional rules tend to be
A mechanism that allows voters to gather signatures on a petition in order to place statutes or constitutional amendments on a ballot is
The U.S. Constitution restricts government power through the application of all of the following except
detailed policy provisions.
According to your text, the ______ and the _____ generate opposing views of the division of powers between the federal and state governments.
supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution; Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
All of the following help to define federalism except
checks and balances contained in the U.S. Constitution.
Federalism has always generated a great deal of controversy because
the actual distribution of powers is not clear in the U.S. Constitution.
According to the text, the most prominent feature of the current Texas Constitution is
distrust of government.
A major consequence of the Texas constitutional provisions for a short, biennial legislature with low salaries is
b. the legislature is dominated by people who work for or own businesses that do business with the state or are regulated by the state.
The authors of the text conclude that the Texas Constitution is
badly outdated and should be replaced.
States generally prefer that the federal government provide them money in the form of block grants because they
provide the most flexibility in how the money may be used.
According to the U.S. Constitution
the federal constitution supersedes all other state laws and state constitutions.
All of the following descriptions of power under federalism are correct except
the power to coin money is a concurrent power.
The Defense of Marriage Act involves the federal issue of
whether Congress can release the states from their obligation to honor same-sex marriages performed in other states.
All of the following statements are true concerning the annexation of Texas by the United States except
Texas retained the right to secede from the Union when it was annexed.
All of Texas’s constitutions have tended to reflect Texans’
opposition to inequality.
The current Texas Constitution creates a governor who
is very weak.
All the following statements concerning provisions of the Texas and Connecticut constitutions regarding religious liberty are true except
both constitutions prohibit religious tests to hold office.
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