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1965 Alabama Literacy Test

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From August 1964 to July 1965, Alabama used 100 different literacy tests as part of its complicated voter registration system. Applicants were required to chose a test at random to make it hard for them to study. Here's an interactive example of one such test. Do you think you could pass and win your right to vote? (Source:Ferris State University Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia)

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?
    • A. 

      Public Education

    • B. 

      Employment

    • C. 

      Trial by Jury

    • D. 

      Voting

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
  • 4. 
    A U.S. senator elected at the general election in November takes office the following year on what date?
  • 5. 
    A President elected at the general election in November takes office the following year on what date?
  • 6. 
    Which definition applies to the word “amendment?”
    • A. 

      Proposed change, as in a Constitution

    • B. 

      Make of peace between nationals at war

    • C. 

      A part of the government

  • 7. 
  • 8. 
  • 9. 
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 10. 
  • 11. 
    To serve as President of the United States, a person must have attained:
    • A. 

      25 years of age

    • B. 

      35 years of age

    • C. 

      40 years of age

    • D. 

      45 years of age

  • 12. 
    What words are required by law to be on all coins and paper currency of the U.S.?
  • 13. 
    The Supreme Court is the chief lawmaking body of the state.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    If a law passed by a state is contrary to provisions of the U.S. Constitution, which law prevails?
  • 15. 
    If a vacancy occurs in the U.S. Senate, the state must hold an election, but meanwhile the place may be filled by a temporary appointment made by _______________________________.
  • 16. 
    A U.S. senator is elected for a term of _____ years.
  • 17. 
    Appropriation of money for the armed services can be only for a period limited to _____ years.
  • 18. 
    The chief executive and the administrative offices make up the ___________________ branch of government.
  • 19. 
    Who passes laws dealing with piracy?
  • 20. 
    The number of representatives which a state is entitled to have in the House of Representatives is based on:
  • 21. 
  • 22. 
    When a jury has heard and rendered a verdict in a case, and the judgment on the verdict has become final, the defendant cannot again be brought to trial for the same cause.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Name two levels of government which can levy taxes:
  • 24. 
    Communisn was the type of government in _________________.
    • A. 

      U.S.

    • B. 

      Russia

    • C. 

      England

  • 25. 
    Cases tried before a court of law are two types, civil and:
  • 26. 
    By a majority vote of the members of Congress, the Congress can change provisions of the Constitution of the U.S.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 27. 
    For security, each state has a right to form a ______________.
  • 28. 
    The electoral vote for President is counted in the presence of two bodies. Name them:
  • 29. 
    If no candidate for President receives a majority of the electoral vote, who decides who will become President?
  • 30. 
  • 31. 
    Of which branch of government is the Speaker of the House a part?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Judicial

  • 32. 
    Capital punishment is the giving of a death sentence.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 33. 
    In case the President is unable to perform the duties of his office, who assumes them?
  • 34. 
    “Involuntary servitude” is permitted in the U.S. upon conviction of a crime.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 35. 
    If a state is a party to a case, the Constitution provides that original jurisdiction shall be in _________________________.
  • 36. 
    Congress passes laws regulating cases which are included in those over which the U.S. Supreme Court has ________________________ jurisdiction.
  • 37. 
    Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.
    • A. 

      Public Housing

    • B. 

      Education

    • C. 

      Voting

    • D. 

      Trial by Jury

  • 38. 
    The Legislatures of the states decide how presidential electors may be chosen.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 39. 
    If it were proposed to join Alabama and Mississippi to form one state, what groups would have to vote approval in order for this to be done?
  • 40. 
    The Vice President presides over ________________________.
  • 41. 
    The Constitution limits the size of the District of Columbia to ____________________.
  • 42. 
    The only laws which can be passed to apply to an area in a federal arsenal are those passed by ____________________ provided consent for the purchase of the land is given by the ___________________________.
  • 43. 
    In which document or writing is the “Bill of Rights” found?______________________.
  • 44. 
    Of which branch of government is a Supreme Court justice a part?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Judicial

  • 45. 
    If no person receives a majority of the electoral votes, the Vice President is chosen by the Senate.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 46. 
    Name two things which the states are forbidden to do by the U.S. Constitution.
  • 47. 
    If election of the President becomes the duty of the U.S. House of Representatives and it fails to act, who becomes President and when?
  • 48. 
    How many votes must a person receive in order to become President if the election is decided by the U.S. House of Representatives?
  • 49. 
    How many states were required to approve the original Constitution in order for it to be in effect?
  • 50. 
    Check the offenses which, if you are convicted of them, disqualify you for voting:
    • A. 

      Murder

    • B. 

      Issuing worthless checks

    • C. 

      Petty larceny

    • D. 

      Manufacturing whiskey

  • 51. 
    The Congress decides in what manner states elect presidential electors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 52. 
    Name two of the purposes of the U.S. Constitution.
  • 53. 
    Congress is composed of __________________________________________________.
  • 54. 
    All legislative powers granted in the U.S. Constitution may legally be used only by _____________________.
  • 55. 
    The population census is required to be made very _____ years.
  • 56. 
    Impeachments of U.S. officials are tried by ______________________.
  • 57. 
    If an effort to impeach the President of the U.S. is made, who presides at the trial?
  • 58. 
    On the impeachment of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S., who tries the case?
  • 59. 
    Money is coined by order of:
    • A. 

      U.S. Congress

    • B. 

      The President’s Cabinet

    • C. 

      State Legislatures

  • 60. 
    Persons elected to case a state’s vote for U.S. President and Vice President are called presidential _________________________.
  • 61. 
    Name one power which is exclusively legislative and is mentioned in one of the parts of the U.S. Constitution above:
  • 62. 
    If a person flees from justice into another state, who has authority to ask for his return?
  • 63. 
    Whose duty is it to keep Congress informed of the state of the union?
  • 64. 
    If the two houses of Congress cannot agree on adjournment, who sets the time?
  • 65. 
    When presidential electors meet to case ballots for President, must all electors in a state vote for the same person for President or can they vote for different persons if they so choose?
  • 66. 
    After the presidential electors have voted, to whom do they send the count of their votes?
  • 67. 
    The power to declare war is vested in ______________________.
  • 68. 
    Any power and rights not given to the U.S. or prohibited to the states by the U.S. Constitution are specified as belonging to whom?
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