A Sample Quiz for ELPS

 (Economic, Legal & Political Systems).

This End of Course Exam is typically given to freshmen in NC. Currently this test counts, under state law, 25% of a student's grade for the course. The State Board proposed, then tabled, a policy to make a passing the course contingent upon passing the test. Johnson County had a policy  ("Policy 842) to give a student a grade no higher than "D" if he or she failed the EOC test. Under a threat of a lawsuit, the county rescinded Policy 842.



1. All of the following are significant reasons for the relocation of high-technology industries to North Carolina except which one?

a. cheap labor and weak unionization

b. availability of inexpensive land

c. local abundance of raw materials

d. low local and state taxes


2. For which reason would a legislator from North Carolina be most likely to argue against a proposed tax on tobacco


a. North Carolinians tradtionally oppose "sin" taxes.

b. The tax could mean smaller returns on investment for tobacco producers in North Carolina

c. The tax could mean that fewer lower-income North Carolinians could afford tobacco products.

d. North Carolinians are proud of contributions mad by tobacco throughout the state's history.


3. Which of the following events will increase the demand for small cars?


a. an oil shortage pushes up the cost of gasoline

b. Slow sales cause General Motors to cut muxury car prices

c. More thefts lead to higher automobile insurance premiums

d. Concern for the environment leads to an increase in car-pooling


4. Of the following, which best explains why consumer protection is more necessary today than during the early 20th century?


a. Many more manufacturers are marketing via mass media.

b. Consumers were much more tolerant of defective and unsafe products in the early 20th century.

c. Many more products are available today, and they are much more complex

d. The country had other concerns which were much more important than defective products


5. In 1790, Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, felt that the new Republic's finances were in chaos. He thought the best way to introduce "order into our finances" would be to have the powerful and wealthy invest in the country, while letting the common people fend for themselves. Based on Hamilton's view, which current trend would most disturb him?


a. the government's refusal to benefit farmers by placing high tariffs on agricultural products

b. decreased lending by the government to entreprenuers for small business

c. increased spending by the government to provide services for the poor

d. the government's ability to develop a fair and equitable tax plan for the benefit of all citizens


6. Which is an informal provision of the Constitution of the United States?

a. popular sovereignty

b. primaries

c. checks and balances

d. none of the above


7. All of the following are ways of raising money for the federal government except which one?

a. taxes

b. fines

c. borrowing

d. lotteries