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(CNN Student News) -- Each month in 2008, CNN Student News will be "Talking Democracy" by introducing an election-related topic on the show and online. From caucuses to conventions and primaries to polls, CNN Student News will be breaking down these election-year concepts for students and teachers. Use the questions on this page to test your knowledge of the presidential election process, then check the answers to see how you did.

CNN Student News: Talking Democracy Questions

Electoral College

The Electoral College currently includes how many members?

How is the number of electoral votes determined for each state?

True or false? The Electoral College selects the president on Election Day.

Which U.S. state holds the most electoral votes?

If no one candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, what body selects the U.S. president?

What's at stake?

How long is one term in the U.S House of Representatives?

True or false? The congressional delegate from Washington, D.C. is a voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

How many voting members does the U.S. House of Representatives have?

How many seats in the U.S. Senate are currently held by Independents?

Presidential Debates

Who were the first general election opponents to meet in a presidential debate?

In what year were the first general election presidential debates held?

Third-party candidates are required to be polling at what percent in order to participate in a presidential debate?

What group produces the general election presidential debates?

How many general election presidential debates will be held in 2008?

National political conventions

What is the primary purpose of a political party's national convention?

Who do voters from each state and territory select to represent them at a political party's national convention?

Where was the first national political convention held?

Who was the youngest presidential nominee in U.S. history?

Who was the first woman nominated on a major party's national ticket?

Political issues

Which controversial issue did the U.S. Supreme Court tackle in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision?

Which law, passed by Congress in 2002, requires schools to meet uniform test standards to qualify for federal aid?

The issue of gun control centers around which amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

What percent of the U.S. population has no health insurance coverage?

What kind of income tax system does the United States use, wherein individuals with higher incomes pay proportionally higher taxes?

The controversy over human stem cell research surrounds the source of the stem cells, which is what?

Which federal act created a national system that provides benefits for the elderly, the disabled and dependents?


Who said, "If democracy is supposed to be based on the will of the people, then somebody should go out and find out what that will is"?

Which Republican nominee did the Literary Digest incorrectly predict would defeat President Franklin Roosevelt in 1936?

In order for a survey to provide an accurate snapshot of American opinion, how many people must be randomly chosen?

What determines a poll's margin of error?

What is the margin of error when 1,000 Americans are surveyed?

Campaign finance

Which U.S. president signed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act into law?

Which U.S. president first called for legislation restricting corporate contributions for political purposes?

True or false: Labor unions can give money directly to a political candidate.

What body is in charge of enforcing U.S. campaign finance laws?

What is the maximum amount that an individual donor can contribute to a candidate's campaign during the primaries this year?

Political parties

What is currently the third largest American political party?

Which modern U.S. political party was originally known as the Democratic-Republican party?

What is the nickname of the Republican party?

True or false: The Whig party nominated George Washington for U.S. president.

Thomas Jefferson was elected to the U.S. presidency as a member of what political party?

Who was the first member of the Republican party to be elected U.S. president?

Name one of the four U.S. presidents who were members of the Whig party.

What political party nominated Ralph Nader for president in 2000?

Which state awards the most electoral votes in a presidential election?

The right to vote

Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution effectively granted suffrage to African-American adult males?

In what year did women gain suffrage in the United States?

Which law addressed the need for physical access to the ballot box for all Americans?

During which war was the U.S. voting age set at 18?

Define suffrage.

True or False? According to the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, any child born on U.S. soil is a U.S. citizen.

Primaries and caucuses

Super Tuesday took place in which month in 2008?

In the 1976 Democratic Iowa caucuses, "uncommitted" got the most votes. Who placed second?

Who selects the date of a state's presidential primary: the delegates, the political parties, the state legislature, or the U.S. Congress?

This former president declared himself the "comeback kid" even though he lost the 1992 New Hampshire primary.

A primary where any registered voter can vote in either party's primary is known as a(n) ________ primary.

What state traditionally holds the nation's first presidential primary contests?

Democrats and Republicans have different rules for selecting delegates. Which party has superdelegates?

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