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President Vocabulary Quiz


Directions: Match the vocabulary words on the left with the definitions on the right.

1. left wing a private meeting of leaders of a political party to choose candidates or determine policy, or such a group itself.
2. poll a leader, esp. a speaker or politician, who attempts to persuade and to gain a following by appealing to the emotions and prejudices of the public, rather than by rational argument.
3. platform a long narrow strip of material, usu. of plastic, cloth, or paper, sometimes having adhesive on one side.
4. muckrake any of several colors that resemble the color of blood; the first color on the spectrum.
5. bipartisan the casting of a ballot or the recording of votes in an election.
6. lobby currently holding an office or position:
7. primary composed of, representing, or supported by two parties or factions, esp. two political parties.
8. tape to investigate and expose misconduct or corruption, esp. of political or business leaders.
9. caucus most essential or prevalent; main; chief:
10. incumbent a level, raised surface used as a stage for speakers or the like.
11. veto The skill of speaking in a clear and expressive manner
12. red a faction of a political party or other group that advocates liberal reform or radical, revolutionary change, esp. in the social, political, or economic order. (Cf. right wing.)
13. elocution A constitutional right to reject a decision or idea made by a law making body
14. filibuster a hall or foyer inside the entrance of a hotel, theater, or other large building, often used as a waiting room.
15. demagogue (demagog) the practice or an instance of impeding or delaying legislative action, as by making long speeches.

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