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  • 1. 
    Ratification of the constitution was done by
    • A. 

      Majority vote of the delegates at the constitutional convention

    • B. 

      The state legislatures approving the document

    • C. 

      The voters in each state casting open ballots

    • D. 

      Special conventions in each state


  • 2. 
    Only the national government is allowed to
    • A. 

      Regulate commerce with foreign nations

    • B. 

      Take private property for public purposes

    • C. 

      Levy taxes

    • D. 

      Make and enforce laws


  • 3. 
    When the articles of confederation were adopted, the nation's major concern was dominated by
    • A. 

      Economic issues

    • B. 

      Equality for women

    • C. 

      Religious freedom

    • D. 

      Political dominance by the central government


  • 4. 
    Which of the following provisions of the Republican Contract with America addresses the issue of federalism? term limits constitutional amendment balance budget constitutional amendment welfare reform act
    • A. 

      1 and 2

    • B. 

      2 and 3

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      2


  • 5. 
    Politics is defined as
    • A. 

      Conflict in society

    • B. 

      Who gets what, when, and how

    • C. 

      The resolution of conflict in a way that serves the public

    • D. 

      The course of action to solve a problem


  • 6. 
    The power to directly regulate drinking ages, marriage and divorce, and sexual behavior and the like has been granted...
    • A. 

      To the president

    • B. 

      To the national government

    • C. 

      To both the state and national governments

    • D. 

      To state governments


  • 7. 
    In _______ federalism, the powers and policy assignments of different levels of government are like a marble cake, with mingles responsibilities and blurred distictions between layers of governement.
    • A. 

      Mixed

    • B. 

      Fiscal

    • C. 

      Tripartite

    • D. 

      Cooperative


  • 8. 
    Which of the followeing theorie contends that our society is divided along class lines and that a narrow upper-classs strate rules regardless of the formal organization of government?
    • A. 

      Hyper pluralist

    • B. 

      Egalitarian

    • C. 

      Pluralist

    • D. 

      Elite


  • 9. 
    All of the following are examples of how federalism decentralizes our policie EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Funding of educations

    • B. 

      Regulation of abortion

    • C. 

      Death penalty

    • D. 

      Federal income tax


  • 10. 
    The supremacy clase of the constitution states that all of the following are the supreme law of the land, EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Laws of the national government (when consistent with the constitution)

    • B. 

      The united states constitution

    • C. 

      State constitutions

    • D. 

      Treates of the national government (when consistent with the constitution)


  • 11. 
    Which of the following principles is most fundamental to democratic theory?
    • A. 

      Free elections and universal suffrage

    • B. 

      Minority rule

    • C. 

      Universal public education

    • D. 

      A written constitution


  • 12. 
    Which of the following federal policies exemplifies the implied pwers of congress?
    • A. 

      Income tax

    • B. 

      The provision of any army and a navy

    • C. 

      Environmental protection law

    • D. 

      The regulation of interstate commerce


  • 13. 
    Which of the following are considered linkage institutions? congress political parties the media the courts
    • A. 

      1 and 2

    • B. 

      1,2, and 3

    • C. 

      2 and 3

    • D. 

      All


  • 14. 
    The main instrument the national government use to infuence the state governments is
    • A. 

      Grants-in-aid

    • B. 

      Judicial review

    • C. 

      The tenth amendment

    • D. 

      Mandates


  • 15. 
    Opposition to ratification of the constitution was based on the belief that it would
    • A. 

      All of these

    • B. 

      Provide for elite control, endanger liberty, and weaken the states

    • C. 

      Produce more democratic elements than desirable for a strong central government

    • D. 

      Promote pluralism, which would threaten liberty


  • 16. 
    The principal type of federal aide for states and localities is
    • A. 

      Urban renewal grants

    • B. 

      Block grants

    • C. 

      Disaster loans

    • D. 

      Categorical grants


  • 17. 
    All the following represent examples of limited government EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Congress not being allowed to pass ex post facto laws

    • B. 

      The prohibitions of passage of bills of attainder laws

    • C. 

      The reserved power clause of the tenth amendment

    • D. 

      The inability of the president to grant titles of nobility


  • 18. 
    Pluralistic theory contends that in the US
    • A. 

      Too many influential groups cripple government's ability to govern

    • B. 

      The many members of congress dominate a sigular offical such as the president

    • C. 

      Because most citizens fail to pay attention to serious issues, government has become an elite institution

    • D. 

      Many groups vie for power with no one set of groups dominating


  • 19. 
    Which of the following is the best examply of a right of the minority
    • A. 

      The practice of one person, one vote

    • B. 

      Protection against double jeopardy

    • C. 

      Freedom to circulate pamphlets

    • D. 

      Equal access to public education


  • 20. 
    How did the antifederalists differ from the federalists?
    • A. 

      The anty federalists believed that a strong central government would be too distant from the people

    • B. 

      The anti federalists had a more positive view of human nature

    • C. 

      The anti federalists were opposed to representative democracy

    • D. 

      The anti federalists wanted a stronger central government


  • 21. 
    All of the following supreme court cases dealt with the issue of federalism EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Barron v baltimore

    • B. 

      Marbury v. madison

    • C. 

      Gibbons v ogden

    • D. 

      Fletcher v. peck


  • 22. 
    The conneticut compromise at the sontitutional convention
    • A. 

      Resolved the impasse between those who favored the new jersey plan and those who preferred the virginia plan

    • B. 

      Added the bill of rights to the constitution in order to lessen concern about too much power for the new government

    • C. 

      Settled the dispute over whether slavery should be allowed in the final constitution

    • D. 

      Threw out the idea of having a monarchy in the united states, optin instead for an indirectly elected president


  • 23. 
    The arrangement by which individuals gane power through competition for the people's vote is called
    • A. 

      Representative democracy

    • B. 

      Free market economy

    • C. 

      Participatory democracy

    • D. 

      Democratic centralism


  • 24. 
    In evalutating american democracy, hyperpluralistrs
    • A. 

      Claim that too many influential groups cripple government's ablitity to govern

    • B. 

      Claim that competing groups bying for power make for gereally efficient, honest government

    • C. 

      Claim that society is governed solely by an upper class elite

    • D. 

      Believe that the public interest is nearly always translated into public policy in the united states


  • 25. 
    The constitutino's provision that congress has the right to "make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution" its pwers is oftern referred to as the
    • A. 

      Heart of fiscal federalism

    • B. 

      Elastic clause

    • C. 

      Unwritten amendment

    • D. 

      Privileges and immunities


  • 26. 
    Federalism is
    • A. 

      Sole government authority in the national government

    • B. 

      The same as unitary government

    • C. 

      A system of shared power by the state and national governments

    • D. 

      Sole government authority in the states


  • 27. 
    Which step in the development of public policy occures first?
    • A. 

      Recognition of the problem

    • B. 

      Enactment of the policy

    • C. 

      Revision of the policy

    • D. 

      Formation of policy alternatives


  • 28. 
    In united staes v. lopez, the supreme court ruled that
    • A. 

      The gun free school zones act was constitutional

    • B. 

      The gun free school zonves act exceeded congress's authority to regulate commerce among the states

    • C. 

      Illegal immigrants cannot be denied access to basic social services

    • D. 

      The gun free school zones act violated citizens' rights to bare arms


  • 29. 
    Which of the following resulted after the supreme court made a ruling in baker v. carr
    • A. 

      The principle of "one man, one vote" was established

    • B. 

      Congressional districts were created as a result of ractial considerations

    • C. 

      Congress was able to modify congressional districts in stats where there was not equal representation

    • D. 

      Congress modified existing voting districts for state offices


  • 30. 
    Madison believed that in order to prevent a "tyranny of the majority" the new government should inclue all the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Limiting the president's term of office

    • B. 

      Creating different branches of government with distinctive and separate powers

    • C. 

      Creating political institutions that could function with the consent of a majority

    • D. 

      Limiting the ability of the electorate to vote directy for government officials except members of the house


  • 31. 
    Which statements best reflects what the united states constitution represents? the constitution is a basic gramework for the government the constitutuion is an explanation of the way government operates, asigning separate powers to each branch and guaranteeing citizens their rights the constitution is the supreme law of the land
    • A. 

      2 and 3

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      1,2 and 3

    • D. 

      1 and 2


  • 32. 
    Which of the following documents created a compromise that led to the formation of a bicameral legislature?
    • A. 

      New jersey plan

    • B. 

      Connecticut compromise

    • C. 

      Articles of confederation

    • D. 

      Virginia plan


  • 33. 
    Which of the following illustrates the effects that the system of checks and balances and sep0aration of pwers has on the legislative process it does not fabor the party in power it can creat gridlock it usually makes change easy to come by it can encourage political compromise
    • A. 

      2 and 3 only

    • B. 

      1 and 2

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      1 and 4


  • 34. 
    The americans with disablitites act requres states and local governments to provide equal access for the disabled. this is an example of a(n)
    • A. 

      Mandate

    • B. 

      Revenue sharing

    • C. 

      Categorical grant

    • D. 

      Administrative regulation


  • 35. 
    The effects a policy has on people and problems is called
    • A. 

      Policy impacts

    • B. 

      Policy issues

    • C. 

      Policy agenda

    • D. 

      Policy outputs


  • 36. 
    An institution through which society makes and enforces its public policies is
    • A. 

      Government

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      The bureaucracy

    • D. 

      The presidency


  • 37. 
    Richard nixon and ronald reagan's vision of a new federalism favored
    • A. 

      An increase in the power and authority of the federal government

    • B. 

      An increase in federal mandates

    • C. 

      A decrease in the defense budget

    • D. 

      The downsizing of the federal government


  • 38. 
    Which of the following represetns a major reason why the electoral college was creatd
    • A. 

      It would encourage greater voter turn out

    • B. 

      It would encourage third-party candidates

    • C. 

      It would give the voteres in smaller states a greater role in selecting the president and vice president

    • D. 

      It would give more power to the congress in determining the outcome of presidential elections


  • 39. 
    John locke believed in each of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Both C and D

    • B. 

      Consent of the governed

    • C. 

      Natural rights

    • D. 

      Divine rights of kings


  • 40. 
    In Annapolis, Maryland, in 1786, delegates from five states met to discuess
    • A. 

      The need for a bill of rights

    • B. 

      The issue of slavery

    • C. 

      The problems of the national government under the articals of confederation

    • D. 

      The need to declare independence from England


  • 41. 
    All of the following are considered enumerated powers of the congress  EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Coining united states currency after the constitution was ratified

    • B. 

      Establishing uniform immigration laws

    • C. 

      Regulating commerce among the several states

    • D. 

      Setting up the first national band of the united states


  • 42. 
    In dual federalism
    • A. 

      States and the national government each remain supreme within their own spheres

    • B. 

      The state governments assume greater fiscal responsibility

    • C. 

      The federal government assumes greater fiscal responsibility

    • D. 

      Powers are shared between states and the federal government


  • 43. 
    The primary thrust of the original intent and wording of the tenth amendment is that
    • A. 

      National laws override state laws when there is a conflict between the two

    • B. 

      Both the states and national government ar bound by the limtations in the bill of rights

    • C. 

      States have certain powers that the national government cannot encroach upon

    • D. 

      The national government can take control of a state government during a national emergency


  • 44. 
    Creative federlism of the great society was characterized by shared costs between the national and state governments guidelines and rules set down by the federal government singular administration of programs
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      1 and 3

    • C. 

      1 2 and 3

    • D. 

      1 and 2


  • 45. 
    Which of the following statements best reflects the political philosophy established after the colonists achieved their independence? the former colonists eliminated property criterion for political office the former colonists recognized the need for a strong executive the former colonists believed that the state should become the dominant political and social force
    • A. 

      All

    • B. 

      1 and 2

    • C. 

      1

    • D. 

      3


  • 46. 
    Fiscal federalism is
    • A. 

      The pattern of spending, taxing, and providing grants in the federal system

    • B. 

      The federal income tax

    • C. 

      A sharing of local and national resources practiced in other countries but not in the United States

    • D. 

      The federal government's regulation of the money supply and interest rates


  • 47. 
    In determining congressional representation and taxation, the constitutuion
    • A. 

      Counted slaves and 1/2 of a person

    • B. 

      Counted slaves and 3/5 of a person

    • C. 

      Was silent on the issue of how slaves would be counted, instead leaving the issue to each state to decide

    • D. 

      Did not count slaves


  • 48. 
    In saenz v. roe the supreme court ruled that
    • A. 

      California could not require a new resident to wait on eyear before being eligible for welfare benefits

    • B. 

      California was requred to offer bilingual education programs in the public elementary schools

    • C. 

      California could withhold educational benefits from children of illegal immigrants

    • D. 

      California could not permit the use and sale of medicinal marijuana


  • 49. 
    In determining the power of congress to regulate commerce in the case of  gibbons v. ogden, the supreme court
    • A. 

      Defined commerce very broadly, encompassing virtually every form of commercial activity

    • B. 

      Listed the enumerated powers of congress and the national government

    • C. 

      Prohibited congress from regulationg business activity on the grounds it violated

    • D. 

      Defined commerce very narrowly in considering the right of congress to regulate it


  • 50. 
    According to the constitutuion, each state was entitled to how many senators?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      As many as it wanted to send

    • D. 

      It depended out the state's population


  • 51. 
    The bill of rights was added to the constitution
    • A. 

      In 1865 after the union victory in the civil war

    • B. 

      During the constitutional convention, at the insistence of thomas jefferson

    • C. 

      After the ratification process was complete, and partly to fulfill a promise to those who supported ratification

    • D. 

      During the ratification process, before final ratification of the constitution


  • 52. 
    Which of these was NOT a principle established in the case of McCulloch V. Maryland
    • A. 

      A national government is supreme to the states when it is acting within its spheres of action

    • B. 

      State laws preempt national laws when the national government clearly exceeds its constitutional powers and intrudes upon state powers

    • C. 

      State governments are forbidden from spending more money than they raise each year, which there is no such requirement on the national government

    • D. 

      The national government has certain implied powers that go beyond its enumerated powers


  • 53. 
    The constitutional basis of dual federalism can be found in
    • A. 

      The enumerated powers

    • B. 

      The tenth amendment

    • C. 

      The "necessary and proper" clause

    • D. 

      The elastic clause


  • 54. 
    Under the original constitutuion, which branch or branches of government were selected directly by the citizens? the president and vice president the supreme court the senate the house of representatives
    • A. 

      1 and 2

    • B. 

      1 3 and 4

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4


  • 55. 
    The supreme court in texas V. johnson
    • A. 

      Laws related to flag gurning were allowed under the 10th amendment's powers to the states

    • B. 

      Burning of the flag was protected privacy under the 4th amendment

    • C. 

      Laws related to flag burning could only be issued through the US congress

    • D. 

      Burning of a flag was protected expression under the 1st amendment


  • 56. 
    Which of the following statements best describes the articles of confederation domination of the government by the states a national congress with one house and no executive no national court system no ability of the central government to enforce the collection of taxes
    • A. 

      All

    • B. 

      1 2 and 3

    • C. 

      1

    • D. 

      1 and 2


  • 57. 
    Which of the following best represents the components of fiscal federalism the passage of funded mandates the passage of revenue sharing measures the passage of categorical grants
    • A. 

      All

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      2


  • 58. 
    Which of the following is the only stated constitutuional responsibility of the vice president
    • A. 

      Presiding over the house of representatives

    • B. 

      Attending funerals of foreign dignitaries

    • C. 

      Filling in for the president when he is out of the country

    • D. 

      Presiding over the senate


  • 59. 
    The supreme court in marbury v. madison asserted the power of the court to
    • A. 

      Confirm presidential appointments

    • B. 

      Check the actions of the other branches through judicial review

    • C. 

      Determine its own size and make up

    • D. 

      Impeach the president


  • 60. 
    All the following are considered enumerated powers of the congress EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Regulating commerce among the several states

    • B. 

      Establishing inferior courts in addition to the supreme court

    • C. 

      Coining US currency after the constitution was ratified

    • D. 

      Setting up the first national bank of the US


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