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TOEFL Listening Test - 1

TOEFL Listening Practice Test1
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1. The primary function of the Electoral College is to
A) Educate future presidential candidates
B) Run national elections and ensure they go smoothly
C) Elect the next president and vice president of the United States
D) Mediate any disputes that arise between candidates during an election

2. A person chosen by a political party in a given state who is pledged to his/her party and its candidate for president is called an
A) Runner
B) Elector
C) Electorate
D) Potential Elected

3. The number of electors a state may have is equal to
A) The sum of the US senators in that state plus the number of US representatives in that state
B) The population of a state divided by number of US representatives
C) The number of candidates running for office in that state
D) The sum of all the US representatives in that state divided by the number of US senators

4. Which of the following is/are true about electors in the United States?
A) They are not senators and representatives
B) They are the same as senators
C) They are the same as representatives
D) Their numbers are based on the amount of senators and representatives

5. How many representatives does a state have?
A) Every state has two representatives
B) The number is based on the population of the state
C) Each state votes in as many or as few representatives as it wants
D) There is no minimum number of representatives per state, but there is a maximum of five

6. How many electoral votes are there currently in the United States?
A) 541
B) 623
C) 538
D) 497

7. When you vote "electors for" on your ballot, you are
A) Voting directly for the candidate of your choice
B) Voting in a preliminary round to determine the top candidates
C) Voting for a specific party. Party leaders then vote amongst themselves
D) Voting for an appointed elector for a particular political party

8. Which of the following is/are true about voting in the United States?
A) A candidate who wins the popular vote automatically wins the election
B) A candidate who wins more popular votes may not necessarily win the election
C) The distribution of electoral votes is meant to balance urban and rural populations
D) A candidate must win at least 2/3 of the Electoral College votes in order to take office

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