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Q1
Political authority is vested in the
A
state
B
judiciary
C
government
D
armed forces
E
Q2
An indispensable feature of any government is
A
a written constitution
B
the independence of the judiciary
C
the separation of powers
D
political power
E
Q3
The unrestrained power of a state over its citizens defines the concept of
A
nationa-lism
B
self-determination
C
nation-state
D
sovereignty
E
Q4

The exercise of political power involves 

A

winning elections

B

using the police

C

deciding cases

D

allocating values

E
Q5

Sovereignty is limited by

A

the criminal code

B

decrees

C

the legal system

D

internationa law

E
Q6

A set of internalized norms which guides political action is called

A

power

B

value

C

law

D

symbol

E
Q7
When a state is subject to no other authority it is said to be
A
powerful
B
legitimate
C
authoritative
D
sovereign
E
Q8
Which of the following is NOT necessarily a characteristic of a nation-state?
A
Definite boundary
B
Sovereignty
C
Independence
D
Common language
E
Q9
The right to direct and command people is
A
authority
B
power
C
opinion
D
obedience
E
Q10
When sovereignty rests with component states in a political system, the constitution is referred to as
A
flexible
B
unitary
C
confederal
D
federal
E
Q11
A major difference between power and authority is that authority is
A
popularly acquired
B
more costly to exercise
C
less dependent on force
D
exercise more frequently
E
Q12
Which of the following is NOT necessarily a characteristic feature of a state?
A
A territory
B
An army
C
government
D
A system of laws
E
Q13
The two primary elements in politics are
A
war and peace
B
order and conflict
C
patriotism and economic sabotage
D
nationalism and freedom
E
Q14
A nation-state is synonymous with a
A
sovereign state
B
dependent territory
C
nation
D
political community
E
Q15
A political authority which maintains sovereign power over a specific geographical area is termed
A
the nations
B
the nation
C
the state
D
nationalism
E
imperialism
Q16
Government means the machinery established by a State to manage the affairs of the
A
rulers
B
aliens
C
Civil servants
D
workers and peasants
E
people
Q17
A sovereign state is one
A
whose constitution can only be changed by a military government
B
where its citizens can speak without fear or favour
C
in which sovereignty is invested in the military
D
whose citizens are free to evade responsibility
E
whose government decisions are made independent of foreign interference
Q18
A body of people and institutions that make and enforce laws for a particular society is called
A
government
B
dictatorship
C
anarchy
D
totalitarianism
E
democracy