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Government 03
Where would you go to place your vote?

Government 03

This KS3 Citizenship quiz follows on from our previous two quizzes about government. On 4 June 1913, Emily Davison tried to stop the King's racehorse at the Epsom Derby. There was not enough time for the jockey to avoid hitting her and she died a few days later from her injuries. She did this in order to raise awareness of the suffragette movement.

The word suffragette comes from suffrage which means 'the right to vote'. Women were banned from voting in elections by the Great Reform Act of 1832. By the end of the century, women had set up groups to campaign for the right to vote. These were not very effective.

Then, in 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst formed The Women's Social and Political Union.

They realised that they needed to be militant to be taken seriously and carried out public order offences like setting fire to post-boxes and places where wealthy men met, smashing windows, chaining themselves to railings and detonating bombs. Many of them were sent to prison. In 1918, certain women over the age of 30 were granted the right to vote and in 1928, women were finally granted the same rights as men to vote.

A Parliament can last any length of time up to a maximum of five years. Parliament is officially dissolved 25 days before the general election to elect a new government. During this time, the political parties campaign for votes. They issue a manifesto which sets out their promises for what they will do if they are voted in. Members and supporters of each party canvass the public to persuade them to vote for their party. They often wear rosettes to show which party they support, for example, the Labour Party wear red ones, the Conservatives blue and the Liberal Democrats have orange rosettes.

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Which of the following are members of the House of Lords?
Lords Agnostic
Lords Atheist
Lords Christian
Lords Spiritual
The other members are called Lords Temporal
What must you be to earn the title Lords Spiritual?
Roman Catholic
Senior bishop
The maximum number of Lords Spiritual is 26
Which two parties merged in 1988 to become the Liberal Democrat Party?
The Labour Party and the Green Party
The Liberal Party and the Social Democrat Party
The Scottish National Party and the Liberal Party
The Social Democrat Party and the Conservatives
They had similar political views and joined together to try to win more seats in Parliament
Which Party traditionally wear blue rosettes at elections?
The Green Party
The Conservative Party
The Labour Party
The Liberal Democrats
Some parties sell rosettes to their supporters to raise money
What are members of the Conservative Party informally known as?
It used to be called the Tory Party
'Suffragette' derives from the word 'suffrage'. What does suffrage mean?
The right to vote
Suffragette was a nickname for the Womens Social and Political Union. The word was invented by a newspaper at the time they were active
How often do General Elections have to be held?
Every year
Every 5 years
Every 10 years
Every 15 years
They can be held sooner, but 5 years is the maximum term in office
Parties publish a booklet outlining promises and plans if they are elected. What is this booklet called?
Green Paper
White Paper
Not all the promises are kept!
At what age can you vote in a General Election?
Before 1969, the minimum voting age was 21
Where do you go to place your vote?
Polling station
These are often set up in public buildings like schools and libraries but can be anywhere. If you answered cinema or supermarket you may be right, but they are not the best answer from the four options. When you have finished your revision, why not search the Internet for unusual polling stations?
Author:  Frank Evans

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