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Question 1: Read the following paragraph.

Members of Congress are responsive to the people, if the people make clear what they want. For example, in response to popular demands, Congress established a program in 1988 to shield the elderly against the catastrophic costs associated with acute illness. In 1989, in response to complaints from the elderly about higher Medicare premiums, Congress abolished most of what it had created the previous year.

The implied main idea of this paragraph is that:

A.        Members of Congress respond only to their own party.

B.        Evidence demonstrates that Congress does try to listen to the American people.

C.        Voters have no real say.

D.        Congress changed its policy about Medicare.

 

Edwards III, George C., Martin P. Wattenberg, and Robert L.Lineberry .2000. Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy 5th ed. p.