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American Government

The following sample questions do not appear on an actual CLEP examination. They are intended to give potential test-takers an indication of the format and difficulty level of the examination and provide content for practice and review. For more sample questions and information about the test, see the CLEP Official Study Guide.

Question 1 of 6

Which of the following best explains the consistent growth of the federal bureaucracy over the past hundred years?

  • A.

    Increases in federal income tax since 1925

  • B.

    The inability of Congress to cut programs

  • C.

    The success of Democratic presidents in promoting their policies

  • D.

    Public demand for, and expectation of, social services

  • E.

    United States Supreme Court rulings requiring Congress to assist those living in poverty

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