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  • 1. 
    God created the state and gave rulers the right to rule
    • A. 

      Divine Right Theory

    • B. 

      Evolutionary Theory

    • C. 

      Force Theory

    • D. 

      Social Contract Theory


  • 2. 
    Person or group gains control over an area and forces all within it to submit to their rule
    • A. 

      Divine Right Theory

    • B. 

      Evolutionary Theory

    • C. 

      Force Theory

    • D. 

      Social Contract Theory


  • 3. 
    Makes the laws
    • A. 

      Executive Branch

    • B. 

      Legislative Branch

    • C. 

      Judicial Branch

    • D. 

      Supreme Branch


  • 4. 
    Enforces the laws
    • A. 

      Executive Branch

    • B. 

      Legislative Branch

    • C. 

      Judicial Branch

    • D. 

      Supreme Branch


  • 5. 
    All of the following are basic concepts of democracy EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Respect for equality of all

    • B. 

      A need for compromise

    • C. 

      Total government control

    • D. 

      All people have worth


  • 6. 
    Power is held by the self appointed elite
    • A. 

      Liberal democracy

    • B. 

      Monarchy

    • C. 

      Oligarchy

    • D. 

      Totalitarianism


  • 7. 
    Colonies organized by a person to whom the king had made a grant of land
    • A. 

      Charter colony

    • B. 

      Royal Colony

    • C. 

      Proprietary colony

    • D. 

      Representative colony


  • 8. 
    Called for a strong central government and a bicameral legislature
    • A. 

      New Jersey Plan

    • B. 

      Virginia Plan

    • C. 

      Mississippi Plan

    • D. 

      Albany Plan


  • 9. 
    All of the following are provisions of the Magna Carta EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Signed by King John

    • B. 

      Limited the power of the monarchy

    • C. 

      Signed at Runnymeade

    • D. 

      Allowed excessive bail


  • 10. 
    All of the following were provisions of the Petition of Right EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      No quartering of soldiers

    • B. 

      No martial law

    • C. 

      No due process of law

    • D. 

      Trial by jury


  • 11. 
    All of the following were taxed by the Stamp Act EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Newspapers

    • B. 

      Tea

    • C. 

      Legal documents

    • D. 

      Business agreements


  • 12. 
    Government can only govern with the consent of the people
    • A. 

      Federalism

    • B. 

      Limited government

    • C. 

      Constitutionalism

    • D. 

      Popular Sovereignty


  • 13. 
    Court case that established judicial review
    • A. 

      Marbury v Madison

    • B. 

      Brown v Board of Education

    • C. 

      Roe v Wade

    • D. 

      Ingraham v Wright


  • 14. 
    No government is all powerful
    • A. 

      Federalism

    • B. 

      Limited government

    • C. 

      Popular Sovereignty

    • D. 

      Constitutionalism


  • 15. 
    Group that makes formal selection of the President
    • A. 

      Voters

    • B. 

      Electoral college

    • C. 

      House of Representatives

    • D. 

      Senate


  • 16. 
    Formal agreement between two or more sovereign states
    • A. 

      Article

    • B. 

      Executive agreement

    • C. 

      Treaty

    • D. 

      Veto


  • 17. 
    The Necessary and Proper Clause is also known as the
    • A. 

      Elastic Clause

    • B. 

      Full Faith and Credit Clause

    • C. 

      Immunity Clause

    • D. 

      Santa Clause


  • 18. 
    Powers shared by the national government and state
    • A. 

      Austin Powers

    • B. 

      Concurrent Powers

    • C. 

      Implied Powers

    • D. 

      Reserved Powers


  • 19. 
    Powers that belong to the government because it is a sovereign state
    • A. 

      Inherent Powers

    • B. 

      Implied Powers

    • C. 

      Obvious Powers

    • D. 

      Reserved


  • 20. 
    Supreme court case that says the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and States are subject to it
    • A. 

      Brown v Board of Education

    • B. 

      Marbury v Madison

    • C. 

      McCulloch v Maryland

    • D. 

      Roe v Wade


  • 21. 
    Recognition and respect of a decision (usually by the court of another state)
    • A. 

      Common Courtesy

    • B. 

      Full Faith and Credit

    • C. 

      Respect Act

    • D. 

      State Courtesy


  • 22. 
    Congress gives an annual share of federal tax revenues to states and their cities
    • A. 

      Gift Tax

    • B. 

      Internal Revenue Service

    • C. 

      Inheritance Tax

    • D. 

      Revenue Sharing


  • 23. 
    A grant made to states, localities, or private agencies that apply for them
    • A. 

      Application Grant

    • B. 

      Private Grant

    • C. 

      Project Grant

    • D. 

      State Grant


  • 24. 
    A group of people who seek to control the government through the winning of elections and holding public office
    • A. 

      Coalitions

    • B. 

      Covert-Ops

    • C. 

      Political Parties

    • D. 

      Terrorists


  • 25. 
    Theodore Roosevelt became angry with the Republican Party and left the party. He formed another party.  This was a/an _______
    • A. 

      Economic Protest Party

    • B. 

      Single Issue Party

    • C. 

      Splinter Party

    • D. 

      Ideological Party


  • 26. 
    The Libertarians believe in minimum taxes, gay marriage, carrying handguns without a license, and the legalization of marijuana. They are a/an ______
    • A. 

      Economic Protest Party

    • B. 

      Ideological Party

    • C. 

      Single Issue Party

    • D. 

      Splinter Party


  • 27. 
    Which is NOT a minor party?
    • A. 

      Democratic Party

    • B. 

      Green Party

    • C. 

      Libertarian Party

    • D. 

      Prohibition Party


  • 28. 
    The Free Soil Party of the mid 1800s wanted to abolish slavery. They were a/an ______
    • A. 

      Economic Protest Party

    • B. 

      Ideological Party

    • C. 

      Single Issue Party

    • D. 

      Splinter Party


  • 29. 
    This amendment guaranteed suffrage to people regardless of race, color, and previous condition of servitude
    • A. 

      15th

    • B. 

      19th

    • C. 

      23rd

    • D. 

      24th


  • 30. 
    Which term means right to vote?
    • A. 

      Franchise

    • B. 

      Suffrage

    • C. 

      Neither A nor B

    • D. 

      Both A & B


  • 31. 
    Due to men being drafted at the age of 18 and having to serve in the Vietnam War this amendment was proposed and ratified
    • A. 

      19th

    • B. 

      23rd

    • C. 

      24th

    • D. 

      26th


  • 32. 
    Up until the ratification of this amendment, people in our nation's capital could not vote
    • A. 

      15th

    • B. 

      19th

    • C. 

      23rd

    • D. 

      24th


  • 33. 
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Howe and others fought to get this amendment that extended suffrage to women
    • A. 

      19th

    • B. 

      23rd

    • C. 

      24th

    • D. 

      26th


  • 34. 
    Poll taxes were used to disenfranchise African Americans until the proposal and ratification of this amendment
    • A. 

      15th

    • B. 

      19th

    • C. 

      23rd

    • D. 

      24th


  • 35. 
    Jenny Mae Jones cast her vote for Barrack Obama (D), Richard Noriega (D), and Charles Bradley (D). She voted a/an _______
    • A. 

      Election Ticket

    • B. 

      Informed Ticket

    • C. 

      Split Ticket

    • D. 

      Straight Ticket


  • 36. 
    The average joe voter cast his vote for the following people: John McCain (R), Richard Noriega (D), Johnny Mayo, Jr (D). He voted a/an _________
    • A. 

      Election Ticket

    • B. 

      Informed Ticket

    • C. 

      Split Ticket

    • D. 

      Straight Ticket


  • 37. 
    In the recent presidential election, people had to fill out a form prior to Oct 6, 2008
    • A. 

      Declaration

    • B. 

      Eligibility

    • C. 

      Preclearance

    • D. 

      Registration


  • 38. 
    Voter qualifications are determined by ...
    • A. 

      County Clerk

    • B. 

      Mayor

    • C. 

      State

    • D. 

      Voter Registrar


  • 39. 
    The judge issued a court order that Billy Joe Bob was held in contempt of court for violating a previous court order. Bill Joe Bob failed to follow the___________.
    • A. 

      Individual

    • B. 

      Injunction

    • C. 

      Injustice

    • D. 

      Intolerable Acts


  • 40. 
    98% of the people in Sweden can read or write. Sweden has a high standard of living and a high ____ rate
    • A. 

      Comprehension

    • B. 

      Electoral

    • C. 

      Illiteracy

    • D. 

      Literacy


  • 41. 
    Minnie Lou is a first time voter. If she follows the trend of 2 out of 3 Americans, her vote will be similar to…..?
    • A. 

      Her Mama's

    • B. 

      Her Pastor's

    • C. 

      Her Teacher's

    • D. 

      Local news reporter


  • 42. 
    Civil Rights activist in the 1950s who led march on Selma, Alabama
    • A. 

      Jesse Jackson

    • B. 

      Martin Luther King, Jr

    • C. 

      Barrack Obama

    • D. 

      Reverand Al Sharpton


  • 43. 
    Nathaniel Bedford Jackson Bureauguard , IV has managed to redraw the precinct lines in Redneckville, Alabama in order to assure that his brother Jedidiah Thomas Jackson Bureauguard is elected mayor of the city.  Both of the men have been taken to district court and found guilty of _________
    • A. 

      Election Tampering

    • B. 

      Gerrymandering

    • C. 

      Preclearance

    • D. 

      Suffrage


  • 44. 
    Coach Trent’s brother is a registered voter in Arizona with no party affiliation. On his voter’s registration under party affiliation it says NOP. Her brother is a/an _______________
    • A. 

      Cannot Vote

    • B. 

      Democrat

    • C. 

      Independent

    • D. 

      Republican


  • 45. 
    In the 1950’s when Franklin Washington voted, he was required to pay a/an                                __________________________
    • A. 

      Excise Tax

    • B. 

      Income Tax

    • C. 

      Poll Tax

    • D. 

      Sales Tax


  • 46. 
    Coach Trent’s grandfather always voted democrat. He had a strong_______
    • A. 

      Party Identification

    • B. 

      Party Prefernece

    • C. 

      Prejudice

    • D. 

      Conviction


  • 47. 
    People change residence, die, or are incarcerated.  Due to these changes, an election official needs to _________ the poll books every 2-4 years
    • A. 

      Preclear

    • B. 

      Purge

    • C. 

      Revise

    • D. 

      Rewrite


  • 48. 
    Resident aliens make up the largest group of these
    • A. 

      Cannot Voters

    • B. 

      Illegal Voters

    • C. 

      Democratic Party Voters

    • D. 

      Republican Party Voters


  • 49. 
    There are over 205 million people in the U.S. over the age 18 that are eligible to vote. They make up the __________________.
    • A. 

      Cannot Voters

    • B. 

      Electorate

    • C. 

      Voters

    • D. 

      Voting Population


  • 50. 
    The white primary was outlawed in _________
    • A. 

      14th Amendment

    • B. 

      15th Amendmet

    • C. 

      Gomillion v Lightfoot

    • D. 

      Smith v Allwright


  • 51. 
    The county clerk of Electionville, Ky moved the polling place a week before the election.  Don Registrar was convicted of a crime because he did not obtain _________  before moving an election sight.
    • A. 

      A Gerrymander

    • B. 

      An Injunction

    • C. 

      Pre-Authorization

    • D. 

      Preclearance


  • 52. 
    Janie Marie Bautista went to San Isidro, California to cast her vote for mayor of the city.  She was asked to read Article I Sec 3 of the Constitution aloud, then write a 4 page essay on its contents. Janie Marie entered into a lawsuit.  She won the suit because the _____________ was violated.
    • A. 

      15th Amendment

    • B. 

      19th Amendment

    • C. 

      Voting Rights Act of 1964

    • D. 

      Voting Rights Act of 1965


  • 53. 
    Jimmy Pete was denied a job at the Slim-Fast plant in Tucson, Az. because he was an Arapaho Indian. This is a direct violation of _________
    • A. 

      The Civil Rights Act of 1964

    • B. 

      The Civil Rights Act of 1965

    • C. 

      Gormillion v Lightfoot

    • D. 

      Smith v Allwright


  • 54. 
    Which person would be more likely to have voted for Barrack Obama?
    • A. 

      A 48-year old, white doctor from Tennessee

    • B. 

      A 22 year old Hispanic female from Los Angeles

    • C. 

      A 72 year old retired lawyer from Bike Lake, Tx

    • D. 

      A 75 year old white Protestant male from Kissame, Fla


  • 55. 
    Which person would be more likely to have voted for John McCain?
    • A. 

      A 19 year old Catholic male from Philadelphia

    • B. 

      A 25 year old single mother with 3 children who works at Nasty Nona’s diner

    • C. 

      A 35 year old Jewish garbage truck driver in Richmond, Va

    • D. 

      A 65 year old white male who just retired from teaching in Texas


  • 56. 
    Which person would be more likely to have voted?
    • A. 

      A high school senior who is eligible for their first federal election

    • B. 

      A single male bartender

    • C. 

      A 66 year old long time resident of Eldorado, Tx

    • D. 

      A 95 year old invalid with a 6th grade education


  • 57. 
    Which person would be more likely to have voted for Barrack Obama?
    • A. 

      A white male living in Miles, Tx

    • B. 

      A 33 year old African American woman from Washington, D.C.

    • C. 

      A 44 year old college graduate working for Wells Fargo

    • D. 

      A 65 year old white Protestant dentist


  • 58. 
    Which person would be more likely to have voted for John McCain?
    • A. 

      Oprah

    • B. 

      A 27 year old Jew working in a bakery

    • C. 

      An out of work Hispanic female from California

    • D. 

      A retired ex-military white male from Arlington, Tx


  • 59. 
    Which person would be more likely to have voted?
    • A. 

      A 19 year old unemployed African American

    • B. 

      A 22 year old single mom

    • C. 

      A 44 year old zoo keeper

    • D. 

      A 75 year old retired banker


  • 60. 
    Joe Fro Doe went to the Methodist Church in Eldorado, Tx to cast his final vote for president on November 4.  He voted in the ____________________
    • A. 

      Democratic Primary

    • B. 

      Direct Primary

    • C. 

      General Election

    • D. 

      Runoff Primary


  • 61. 
    In a recent election for city councilman of precinct 3, no one running in the Democratic primary received a plurality (majority) of votes.  Jawanda Mae Ellis received 29% of  the vote. Alicia Fae Jordan received 22% of the vote & Bubba Gump received 49%.  There will be a _______________ between Bubba & Jawanda.
    • A. 

      Closed Primary

    • B. 

      Nonpartisan election

    • C. 

      Open Primary

    • D. 

      Runoff Primary


  • 62. 
    In March, Willie Wonka showed up at the Republican Primary to make his selection between John McCain(R) , Rudy Guilliani (R),  Mitt Romney (R) as his choice for President in the General Election.  He voted in the:
    • A. 

      Closed Primary

    • B. 

      Nonpartisan election

    • C. 

      Open Primary

    • D. 

      Runoff Primary


  • 63. 
    Cletus Ray was unable to get to his polling place on November 4 because he was  attending school at LE Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma, La. He still voted in the election by ____________________
    • A. 

      Absentee voting

    • B. 

      Election day

    • C. 

      General Election

    • D. 

      Primary voting


  • 64. 
    Jim Dobyns bought these machines in 2005 from someone who purchased them from Palm Beach County, which was ground zero in the election dispute in 2000. The asking price  was $12,000. These machines used in the election caused the Chad problem. The voting machines are called ____________________
    • A. 

      EDPs

    • B. 

      FECAs

    • C. 

      PACs

    • D. 

      Markers


  • 65. 
    Joe Biden’s  Unite Our States, John McCain’s Straight Talk America, Barack Obama’s  Hope Fund, National Beer Wholesalers Association and Republicans for Environmental   Protection are a few examples of the over 4,000 special interest groups that donate  money to campaigns.  They are known as ____________________.
    • A. 

      EDPs

    • B. 

      FECAs

    • C. 

      PACs

    • D. 

      Markers


  • 66. 
    Arlis Carlton Poindexter, III felt like he might forget to go vote on November 4.  He instead chose to vote on October 29 (several days before the election).  Arlis lives in the state of  Texas where the most liberal form of _________________________ is found.
    • A. 

      Cannot voting

    • B. 

      Early voting

    • C. 

      Nonpartisan voting

    • D. 

      Partisan voting


  • 67. 
    This type of ballot is the basic form we use today.  It is printed at public expense, given out only at the polls, & marked in secret.
    • A. 

      Australian Ballot

    • B. 

      Massachusetts Ballot

    • C. 

      Office Group Ballot

    • D. 

      Party-Column Ballot


  • 68. 
    The House of Representatives has _____ members.
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      270

    • C. 

      435

    • D. 

      535


  • 69. 
    Which of the following is not a part of the Reapportionment Act of 1929?
    • A. 

      Census Bureau sets the number of seats in the House

    • B. 

      Creates district lines for voting

    • C. 

      President sends Census Bureau’s recommendation to Congress

    • D. 

      After 60 days, the redistribution becomes effective


  • 70. 
    A member of the House serves a _____ year term.
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      6

    • D. 

      8


  • 71. 
    The Senate has _____ members.
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      270

    • C. 

      435

    • D. 

      535


  • 72. 
    A member of the Senate serves a _____ year term.
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      6

    • D. 

      8


  • 73. 
    Which is NOT a formal qualification for members of the Senate?
    • A. 

      At least 30 years of age

    • B. 

      U.S. citizen at least 9 years

    • C. 

      Board certified lawyer

    • D. 

      Inhabitant of the state where elected


  • 74. 
    Which is NOT a formal qualification for members of the House?
    • A. 

      At least 25 years of age

    • B. 

      U.S. citizen for 7 years

    • C. 

      Board certified lawyer

    • D. 

      Inhabitant of the state where elected


  • 75. 
    General Elections for Congress are held on ____________________
    • A. 

      The first Wednesday in January

    • B. 

      The first Tuesday after the first Monday in March

    • C. 

      The first Tuesday in November

    • D. 

      The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November


  • 76. 
    An impeached man is found guilty by a vote of:
    • A. 

      The entire Congress

    • B. 

      A majority in the Senate

    • C. 

      The entire Senate

    • D. 

      2/3 of the Senate present


  • 77. 
    Congress may propose an amendment to the Constitution whenever
    • A. 

      Either House wants the amendment

    • B. 

      Two-thirds of both Houses want it

    • C. 

      The Senate wants it

    • D. 

      The President wants it


  • 78. 
     If the candidates for President have no majority of the electors the President is elected by:  
    • A. 

      The Cabinet

    • B. 

      The House of Representatives

    • C. 

      The Senate

    • D. 

      The Supreme Court


  • 79. 
    The President whose election depended upon the vote of the House of Representatives was
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Aaron Burr

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      George Washington


  • 80. 
        If a President is impeached, the trial will be presided over by:
    • A. 

      . the Chief Justice

    • B. 

      The Speaker of the House

    • C. 

      The Senate president pro tempore

    • D. 

      The Vice-President


  • 81. 
    War may be declared only by:
    • A. 

      The Congress

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Dept of Defense

    • D. 

      The Secretary of State


  • 82. 
    The Commander-in-Chief of the armyand navy is:
    • A. 

      The Chief of Staff

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Secretary of Defense

    • D. 

      . the Secretary of State


  • 83. 
    All impeachments are tried by the____________
    • A. 

      Cabinet

    • B. 

      House of Representatives

    • C. 

      Senate

    • D. 

      Supreme Court


  • 84. 
    Which 2 presidents were impeached?
    • A. 

      Johnson and Clinton

    • B. 

      None have been impeached

    • C. 

      Nixon and Johnson

    • D. 

      Nixon and Clinton


  • 85. 
    Which of the Presidents listed was appointed vice-president by Congress?
    • A. 

      Calvin Coolidge

    • B. 

      James Garfield

    • C. 

      Gerald Ford

    • D. 

      George Washington


  • 86. 
    Which of the following is a power NOT given to Congress by the Constitution?
    • A. 

      The power to declare war

    • B. 

      To appoint justices to the supreme court.

    • C. 

      The power to collect taxes.

    • D. 

      To make any law necessary to carry out its responsibilities


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