1965 Alabama Literacy Test

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  • 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. 
    The Federal census of population is taken every five years.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 3. 
    If a person is indicted for a crime, two rights which he or she has are: 
    • A. 

      Habeas Corpus (immediate presentation of charges) & to a lawyer or speedy trial.

    • B. 

      To Fight Back

    • C. 

      To remain silent


  • 4. 
    A U.S. senator elected at the general election in November takes office the following year on what date? 
    • A. 

      January 1st

    • B. 

      January 3rd

    • C. 

      March 17th


  • 5. 
    A President elected at the general election in November takes office the following year on what date?
    • A. 

      January 3rd

    • B. 

      February 14th

    • C. 

      January 20th


  • 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. 
    A person appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court is appointed for a term of how many years?
    • A. 

      Life (with good behavior)

    • B. 

      4 Years

    • C. 

      Until they are at least 50


  • 8. 
    When the Constitution was approved by the original colonies, how many states had to ratify it in order for it to be in effect? 
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      9

    • C. 

      13


  • 9. 
    Does enumeration affect the income tax levied on citizens in various states? 
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No


  • 10. 
     A person opposed to swearing in an oath may say, instead: I (solemnly)...
    • A. 

      Affirm

    • B. 

      Love

    • C. 

      Believe


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

      25 years of age

    • B. 

      40 years of age

    • C. 

      35 years of age


  • 12. 
    What words are required by law to be on all coins and paper currency of the U.S.?
    • A. 

      In God We Trust

    • B. 

      Hail to the Chief

    • C. 

      I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag


  • 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? 
    • A. 

      U.S. Constitution

    • B. 

      State Law

    • C. 

      Neither


  • 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 
    • A. 

      The state's governor.

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      Speaker of the House


  • 16. 
    A U.S. senator is elected for a term of _____ years.
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      6

    • C. 

      5


  • 17. 
    Appropriation of money for the armed services can be only for a period limited to _____ years.
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      6

    • C. 

      5


  • 18. 
    The chief executive and the administrative offices make up the ___________________ branch of government.
    • A. 

      Judicial

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Executive


  • 19. 
    Who passes laws dealing with piracy?
    • A. 

      Senate

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      House of Representatives


  • 20. 
    The number of representatives which a state is entitled to have in the House of Representatives is based on
    • A. 

      The state's size.

    • B. 

      The number of registered voters in the state.

    • C. 

      The state's population (as determined by census), less untaxed Indians


  • 21. 
     The Constitution protects an individual against punishments which are _______________ and _______________________.
    • A. 

      Cruel & Unusual

    • B. 

      Good and Bad

    • C. 

      Deadly & Shameful


  • 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: 
    • A. 

      Federal & State

    • B. 

      State & Local

    • C. 

      Local & Federal


  • 24. 
    Communism is 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...
    • A. 

      Federal

    • B. 

      Democratic

    • C. 

      Criminal


  • 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:
    • A. 

      Cavalry

    • B. 

      Army Reserve

    • C. 

      Militia


  • 28. 
    The electoral vote for President is counted in the presence of two bodies. They are:
    • A. 

      House of Representatives & Senate

    • B. 

      Presidential Cabinet and House of Representatives

    • C. 

      Supreme Court and Senate


  • 29. 
    If no candidate for President receives a majority of the electoral vote, who decides who will become President? 
    • A. 

      Senate

    • B. 

      House of Representatives

    • C. 

      Congress


  • 30. 
    Of the original 13 states, the one with the largest representation in the first Congress was 
    • A. 

      Pennsylvania

    • B. 

      Delaware

    • C. 

      Virginia


  • 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? 
    • A. 

      The Vice President

    • B. 

      The First Lady

    • C. 

      The Speaker of the House


  • 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:
    • A. 

      The Supreme Court

    • B. 

      The Capitol

    • C. 

      The Local Court House


  • 36. 
    Congress passes laws regulating cases which are included in those over which the U.S. Supreme Court has _______ jurisdiction.
    • A. 

      Full

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      Co-appellate


  • 37. 
    Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Right of the U.S Constitution.
    • A. 

      Trail by Jury

    • B. 

      Voting

    • C. 

      Education


  • 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? 
    • A. 

      Congress, and the legislature of both states.

    • B. 

      Congress alone.

    • C. 

      The legislature of both states.


  • 40. 
    The Vice President presides over:
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The Senate


  • 41. 
    The Constitution limits the size of the District of Columbia to 
    • A. 

      One (1) Square Mile

    • B. 

      Ten(10) Square Miles

    • C. 

      Unlimited


  • 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 _____________________.
    • A. 

      Congress, state legislatures

    • B. 

      State legislatures, Congress

    • C. 

      Neither of the above


  • 43. 
    In which document or writing is the "Bill of Rights" found?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Constitution

    • C. 

      Writ of Habeous Corpus


  • 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.
    • A. 

      Coin Money & Make Treaties

    • B. 

      Make local laws and Coin Money

    • C. 

      Make Treaties and local laws


  • 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? 
    • A. 

      First Lady, when she wants to

    • B. 

      Vice President, when the House acts

    • C. 

      Speaker of the House, until the next term was supposed to start


  • 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? 
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      25

    • C. 

      26


  • 49. 
    How many states were required to approve the original Constitution in order for it to be in effect? 
    • A. 

      26

    • B. 

      13

    • C. 

      9


  • 50. 
    Which offense, if you are convicted of it, disqualifies you from voting:
    • A. 

      Murder

    • B. 

      Petty Larceny

    • C. 

      Manufacturing Whiskey


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

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 52. 
    Two purposes of the U.S. Constitution are: 
    • A. 

      To form a perfect union and to establish justice

    • B. 

      To establish Justice and regulate commerce

    • C. 

      Regulate Commerce and form a perfect union


  • 53. 
    Congress is composed of: ( Choose Two)
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Senate

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court


  • 54. 
    All legislative powers granted in the U.S. Constitution may legally be used only by:
    • A. 

      The President

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court


  • 55. 
    The population census is required to be made every _____ years.
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      10


  • 56. 
    Impeachments of U.S. officials are tried by:
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The Senate


  • 57. 
    If an effort to impeach the President of the U.S. is made, who presides at the trial? 
    • A. 

      The Vice President

    • B. 

      The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The Speaker of the House


  • 58. 
    On the impeachment of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S., who tries the case?
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Senate

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court


  • 59. 
    Money is coined by order of:
    • A. 

      U.S. Congress

    • B. 

      The President's Cabinet

    • C. 

      State Legislatures


  • 60. 
    Persons elected to cast a state's vote for U.S. President and Vice President are called presidential_____.
    • A. 

      Women

    • B. 

      Candidates

    • C. 

      Electors


  • 61. 
     Name one power which is exclusively legislative and is mentioned in one of the parts of the U.S. Constitution before. (Check All That Apply)
    • A. 

      Pass Laws

    • B. 

      Coin Money

    • C. 

      Declare War


  • 62. 
    If a person flees from justice into another state, who has authority to ask for his return? 
    • A. 

      The Governor

    • B. 

      A Judge

    • C. 

      The President


  • 63. 
    Whose duty is it to keep Congress informed of the state of the union? 
    • A. 

      TheVice President

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Chief Justice


  • 64. 
    If the two houses of Congress cannot agree on adjournment, who sets the time?
    • A. 

      The President

    • B. 

      Vice President

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court


  • 65. 
    When presidential electors meet to cast 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? 
    • A. 

      They can vote for different people

    • B. 

      Same Person


  • 66. 
    After the presidential electors have voted, to whom do they send the count of their votes? 
    • A. 

      Chief Justice

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      Vice President


  • 67. 
    The power to declare war is vested in:
    • A. 

      The Vice President

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      The President


  • 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?(Choose Two)
    • A. 

      The states

    • B. 

      Foreigners

    • C. 

      The People


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