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Political Science, U.S. Constitution Quiz

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Raising money through national taxes.

    • B. 

      Calling up national troops in a time of crises.

    • C. 

      Starting and structuring a national military.

    • D. 

      Paying back the loans made to pay for the revolutionary war.

    • E. 

      The printing and distrubuting of a national currency

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is not usually a general characteristic of a Constitution?
    • A. 

      Orders the government into a specific structure and form.

    • B. 

      Provides the fundamental law of the society it is to govern.

    • C. 

      Limits the governments power and spells out specific individual powers.

    • D. 

      Protects individuals rights and removes them from the governmental decision process.

    • E. 

      Establishes a set of guidelines that are recommended to be followed by the government

  • 3. 
    Loosely bound members with no common commander and a failure to take unified action are common historical traits of what kind of organization?
    • A. 

      A Dynastic Empire

    • B. 

      A Constitutional Republic

    • C. 

      A League of Sovereign States

    • D. 

      A Parliamentary Monarchy

    • E. 

      A Dictatorship

  • 4. 
    Under the Articles of Confederation, the federal goverment was:
    • A. 

      Too powerful and and oppressive to the states.

    • B. 

      Too weak in relation to the state governments.

    • C. 

      Considered to be too similar to the British form of government.

    • D. 

      Virtually unlimited in it's ability to control all aspects of goverment.

    • E. 

      Exactly as our federal government is structured today.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following was not a challenge faced by the framers of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Large states wanted more representation than smaller states based on population.

    • B. 

      Smaller states wanted equal representation in Congress without regard to population.

    • C. 

      A strong distrust of a powerful and centralized national government.

    • D. 

      Creating a centralized goverment with enough checks and balances to avoid tyranny.

    • E. 

      Several states wanting to secede and form there own governemnt.

  • 6. 
    The Preamble to the Constitution establihed which one of the following:
    • A. 

      People as the rightful source of the power of the government.

    • B. 

      The form and structure of the governemnt.

    • C. 

      A Union where none had existed before.

    • D. 

      The office of the President and Vice President.

    • E. 

      The basic Bill of Rights.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following would not be considered an aim of the Constituion:
    • A. 

      War powers and national defense.

    • B. 

      Justice and protection of liberty.

    • C. 

      Common welfare and wel being of citizens.

    • D. 

      Limits of personal freedom

  • 8. 
    Which one of the following is not included in Article 1 of the Constitution
    • A. 

      Freedom of Religion and the Press.

    • B. 

      The legislative powers of Congress.

    • C. 

      Procedural rules governing speeches on the floor of Congress.

    • D. 

      Powers unique to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

    • E. 

      None of the Above.

  • 9. 
    Which one of the following is laid out in Article 1, Section 1, of the Constitution:
    • A. 

      Aportionment of direct taxes and representation based on population.

    • B. 

      Elections and Electors.

    • C. 

      Term lengths for office.

    • D. 

      Qualifications for office.

    • E. 

      The establisment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

  • 10. 
    Which is the best answer on how Article 1 of the Constituion address slaves in relation to population and representation?
    • A. 

      Each slave was counted as 5/5ths of a person under the one man, one vote philosophy.

    • B. 

      Slaves were not counted at all in an effort to discourage slavery.

    • C. 

      Slaves were counted as 3/5ths of a person as a compromise between free and slave states.

    • D. 

      Article 1 did not specifically address slaves, but instead counted all free persons and 3/5ths of all others, excluding Indians.

    • E. 

      Each slave, Indian and indentured servant was counted a 3/5ths of a person as a compromise between free and slave states.

  • 11. 
    Which one of the following is not included in Article II of the Constitution:
    • A. 

      Authority to convene both houses of Congress.

    • B. 

      The right to keep and bear arms.

    • C. 

      Civilian power over the military.

    • D. 

      Authority for nominating and appointing judges and other officers.

    • E. 

      Authority for granting pardons

  • 12. 
    Article II of the Constituion which of the following:
    • A. 

      The Unitary Office of the President.

    • B. 

      The Electoral College

    • C. 

      Qualifications for the Office of President

    • D. 

      The Oath of Office of the President

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    Which one of the following was not established in Article III of the Constitution:
    • A. 

      Composition of the Courts

    • B. 

      Power to decide cases and controversies

    • C. 

      Terms of Judicial Offices

    • D. 

      Jurisdictions of the courts

    • E. 

      Judges bound to the Supremecy of the Constitution

  • 14. 
    A constitutional ammendment is passed and becomes part of the Constitution upon which of the following:
    • A. 

      When voted on and passed by 2/3rds majority of both houses of Congress.

    • B. 

      When voted on and passed by 2/3rds majority of the legislatures of all the States.

    • C. 

      When ratified by a 3/4ths majority of all the States legislatures.

    • D. 

      When ratified by 3/4ths of the members of a constitutional convention.

    • E. 

      Either C or D

  • 15. 
    According to the Constitution, a bill becomes law once each of the following happens, except:
    • A. 

      It is passed by a majority in both houses of Congress.

    • B. 

      It is passed by both houses of Congress and it is signed by the President

    • C. 

      Ten days have elapsed after it is passed by a majority of both houses of Congress, if Congress is in session.

    • D. 

      It is vetoed by the President, but is subsequently passed by a super majority of both houses of Congress,

    • E. 

      None of the above, they would all become law

  • 16. 
    Which one of the following is not stated in Article VI of the Constitution:
    • A. 

      Laws must be consistent with the Constituion.

    • B. 

      Treaties between the United States and other nations, once ratified by a 2/3rds majority of the Senate, hold the same force of law as the Constitution.

    • C. 

      All office holders must take an oath on the Holy Bible to uphold and support the Constitution

    • D. 

      Expressely forbids a religious test for qualification to any office.

    • E. 

      The Constitution is the "Supreme Law of the Land".

  • 17. 
    The 1st ammendment to the Constitution:
    • A. 

      Forbids an official establishment of religion

    • B. 

      Gaurantees Freedom of Speech

    • C. 

      Gaurantees Freedom of the Press

    • D. 

      Gaurantees Freedom to Assemble and Petition

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 18. 
    Which one of the following statements about warrants is not true:
    • A. 

      Warrants are court orders or commands that must be followed.

    • B. 

      The warrent does not need to identify specific items to be siezed.

    • C. 

      There must be probable cause for a warrant to be issued.

    • D. 

      Someone must swear an oath stating there is probable cause.

    • E. 

      The Warrant must specifically describe the place to be searched.

  • 19. 
    Ammendments V and VI, are commonly referred to as:
    • A. 

      The "Due Process Clause".

    • B. 

      The "Miranda Rights".

    • C. 

      The "Rights of the Accused".

    • D. 

      The "Civil Rights Act".

    • E. 

      The "Bill of Rights".

  • 20. 
    Which one of the following is a right is established in the 5th Ammendment to the Constitution:
    • A. 

      To be informed of the accusation.

    • B. 

      Trial by a jury.

    • C. 

      Right to an attorney.

    • D. 

      To not be forced to testify against oneself.

    • E. 

      To be confronted by the witnesses against themself.

  • 21. 
    Which one of the following ammendments was not passed within the first five years after the Civil War?
    • A. 

      The 12 ammendment

    • B. 

      The 13th ammendment

    • C. 

      The 14th ammendment

    • D. 

      The 15th ammendment

  • 22. 
    The __ ammendment abloished slavery
  • 23. 
    The __ ammendment provided the first clear definition of citizenship and the rights therof.
  • 24. 
    The __ ammendment removed race as a barrier to voting rights.
  • 25. 
    The __ ammendment provided for the direct election of Senators via a popular vote.
  • 26. 
    The __ ammendment provided for Women's suffrage.
  • 27. 
    The __ ammendment oulawed poll taxes
  • 28. 
    The __ ammendment set the voting age at 18.
  • 29. 
    Taken together, the 15th, 19th, 24th,  and 26th ammendments caused what effect on overall democracy:
    • A. 

      Contraction

    • B. 

      Extension

    • C. 

      Conversion

    • D. 

      Explosion

    • E. 

      Retraction

  • 30. 
    Which one of the following is true regarding the 1800 presidential campaign between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams:
    • A. 

      Was a spirited but cordial contest between two friends and co-writers of the declaration of Independence.

    • B. 

      Was an acrimonious and bitter fight between two rivals with frequent and sharp personal attacks.

    • C. 

      Split the government, with the Republicans winning the Presidency, but the Federalists gaining Congress.

    • D. 

      Produced the smallest Electoral College margin of victory ever, with Jefferson winning by one electoral vote.

  • 31. 
    Jefferson's inaugural address had a theme of:
    • A. 

      Reconciliation, tolerance, and understanding.

    • B. 

      Arrogance, intolerance, and swift justice.

    • C. 

      Unity, peace, and hope.

    • D. 

      Change, tranquility, and fiscal responsibility.

    • E. 

      Benevolence, indignation, and frugality.

  • 32. 
    Wich one of the following was not a belief of Jefferson in in regards to a citizen-goverment relationship.
    • A. 

      Government should restrain men from injuring one another.

    • B. 

      Governemnt should generally leave men free to regulate their own pursuits.

    • C. 

      Citizens should be allowed the acquisitionsof their own industry.

    • D. 

      Citizens should be free from any goverment restrictios.

    • E. 

      Maximum liberty and a limited governent

  • 33. 
    Which one of the following is true regarding the 1860 Presidential election:
    • A. 

      Linclon won a mojority of the Electoral College votes.

    • B. 

      Lincoln won a majority of the popular votes.

    • C. 

      The Democrats fielded two candidates for President.

    • D. 

      Lincoln was the most popular politician at the time.

    • E. 

      The southern states did not send Electors to vote

  • 34. 
    Which one of the following did Lincoln not discuss In his 1st inaugural address:
    • A. 

      His intent to abolish slavery

    • B. 

      Issues not decided or resolved in the Constitution.

    • C. 

      Majority acquiessence to the minority.

    • D. 

      Majority Rule

    • E. 

      Secession

  • 35. 
    Which one of the following countries would not be considered to have a federal system of government:
    • A. 

      United States of America

    • B. 

      France

    • C. 

      Germany

    • D. 

      Mexico

    • E. 

      India

  • 36. 
    Which one of the following is not a feature of a federal system of government:
    • A. 

      Uniform laws across a nation.

    • B. 

      A national government.

    • C. 

      National, state, and local governments overlapping functions

    • D. 

      Shared power between federal and state governments.

  • 37. 
    Which of the following would not be considered and advantage of a federal system of government:
    • A. 

      Diversity and a diffusion of power.

    • B. 

      Local goverments can handle local problems

    • C. 

      State goverments may resist national policies

    • D. 

      Experimentation and Innovation

    • E. 

      More access for political participation.

  • 38. 
    Which one of the following is not correct in how the Constitution establishes our federal form of goverment.
    • A. 

      Article I - Seats in Congress are allotted to the states.

    • B. 

      Article II - Electors are allotted to the states.

    • C. 

      Article III - The reserved power of the states.

    • D. 

      Article IV - Defines relations between the states and how to create new states.

    • E. 

      Articles V, VI - Process for the states to ammend and ratify the Constitution.

  • 39. 
    Which one of the following resulted from Reagan's view of federalism.
    • A. 

      Huge cuts in federal spending during Reagan's administration.

    • B. 

      Large reductions in domestic spending for welfare and social programs.

    • C. 

      A reduction in the national debt.

    • D. 

      Increased funding for education

    • E. 

      Cuts in military spending.

  • 40. 
    Based on federal funding to the states, which one of the following would not be considered a nationally or federally controlled issue
    • A. 

      Medicaid

    • B. 

      Agriculture

    • C. 

      Education

    • D. 

      Transportation

    • E. 

      Housing

  • 41. 
    Between 1776 and 1983, Georgia has had how may different constitutions?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      13

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      10

    • E. 

      2

  • 42. 
    An ammendment to the Consitutuion of the State of Georgia is not valid until passed by:
    • A. 

      A majority of voters in a state election

    • B. 

      A 2/3rds majority in the state legislature

    • C. 

      A majority of the qualified voters in a state election

    • D. 

      A roll call vote in the state legislature

    • E. 

      A 2/3rds majority of voters in a state election

  • 43. 
    The Georgia legislature is comprised of 56 state senators and ____ state representatives
  • 44. 
    Which one of the following is not an elected office in the state of Georgia:
    • A. 

      Commissioner of Agriculture

    • B. 

      Commissioner of Labor

    • C. 

      State School Superintendent

    • D. 

      Commissioner of Public Safety

    • E. 

      Commissioner of Insurance

  • 45. 
    As of 2009, Georgia has a final count of ___ counties and 528 cities.