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The United States Federal Government System.

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Answer the multiple choice questions that deal with our Constitution.

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  • 1. 
    In the United States, what is the supreme law of the land?
    • A. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • B. 

      The United States Constitution

    • C. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      The Articles of Confederation

  • 2. 
    What is the first part of this document called?
    • A. 

      The Introduction

    • B. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • C. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • D. 

      The Preamble

  • 3. 
    The United States government shares power with the states. What is this system called?
    • A. 

      Federalism

    • B. 

      Democracy

    • C. 

      Commonwealth

    • D. 

      Republicanism

  • 4. 
    The branches of the federal government are intended to share power in order to prevent tyranny. What is this sharing of powers called?
    • A. 

      Quid pro quo

    • B. 

      Checks and balances

    • C. 

      Give and take

    • D. 

      Habeas Corpus

  • 5. 
    How long is the term of office for the president?
    • A. 

      Two years

    • B. 

      Four years

    • C. 

      Six years

    • D. 

      Eight years

  • 6. 
    What is the maximum number of times a person can be elected president?
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

    • D. 

      There is no limit

  • 7. 
    As Commander-in-Chief of the United States armed forces, the president has the power to declare war.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    What is the Electoral College?
    • A. 

      A training center for elected officials

    • B. 

      The body that elects the president

    • C. 

      The Cabinet office that supervises the Department of Education

  • 9. 
    How many electors does each state have?
    • A. 

      Two

    • B. 

      Six

    • C. 

      Each state has as many electors as it has members of Congress.

    • D. 

      One elector for every 100,000 voters in the state.

  • 10. 
    A political party is...
    • A. 

      A group of fun-loving elected officials.

    • B. 

      Something you have to join before you can vote.

    • C. 

      A group that lobbies elected officials in support of a particular agenda.

    • D. 

      An organized group of people with a shared political agenda.

  • 11. 
    Evaluate the following statement - "There are only two major political parties in the United States: the Democrats and the Republicans."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Who has responsibility to govern the District of Columbia, the seat of government?
    • A. 

      The president

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court

    • D. 

      The state governors

  • 13. 
    The Founders believed that import duties should be enough to cover the rather modest financial requirements of the federal government. In case additional revenues were required, however, what type of tax did they recommend?
    • A. 

      A federal sales tax, or what they called an ""excise"" tax

    • B. 

      A national tax on exports

    • C. 

      Personal income tax

    • D. 

      Property tax

  • 14. 
    Which of the following are checks that Congress has on the Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      Congress can eliminate or create lower federal courts

    • B. 

      Congress appropriates or withholds money

    • C. 

      All of the above

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 15. 
    When the Constitution was adopted, candidates for president had to be either natural-born citizens of the United States or naturalized citizens. True or false?
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 16. 
    Can an American lose his or her citizenship by voting in a foreign country?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 17. 
    Suppose a person is convicted of a crime, but the decision is reversed on a technicality by a higher court. Can the accused be tried again before a new jury, or is the individual protected by the double jeopardy clause in the Fifth Amendment?
    • A. 

      The accused be tried again before a new jury

    • B. 

      The accused is protected by the double jeopardy clause in the Fifth Amendment

  • 18. 
    The group most likely to approve of the Articles of Confederation would be?:
    • A. 

      Former officers in the Continental army.

    • B. 

      Those who feared strong central government.

    • C. 

      Those who held U. S. government securities.

    • D. 

      Bankers, merchants, and financiers.

    • E. 

      Those who feared the dangers of unrestrained democracy.

  • 19. 
    In order to become a law, a bill in Congress must?
    • A. 

      Receive a 2/3 majority of the votes in Congress

    • B. 

      Receive a 3/4 majority of the votes in each house of Congress.

    • C. 

      Receive a 2/3 majority of votes in each house of Congress.

    • D. 

      Pass both houses of Congress in identical form.

    • E. 

      Pass as amended in the last house of Congress to consider it.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following amendments to the Constitution was NOT part of the Bill of Rights?
    • A. 

      Freedom of speech, press, and religion.

    • B. 

      Trial by jury.

    • C. 

      Protection against illegal search.

    • D. 

      The right to bear arms.

    • E. 

      Direct election of senators.

  • 21. 
    According to the Constitution, the president is chosen by?
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives.

    • B. 

      The Senate.

    • C. 

      Popular vote of the people.

    • D. 

      The electoral college.

    • E. 

      Both Houses of Congress.

  • 22. 
    A major weakness of the Articles of Confederation was that they?:
    • A. 

      Did not include a mechanism for their own amendment.

    • B. 

      Made it too difficult for the government to raise money through taxes and duties.

    • C. 

      Denied the federal government the power to mediate disputes between states.

    • D. 

      Required the ratification of only a simple majority of states.

    • E. 

      Created a too-powerful chief executive.

  • 23. 
    What is the minimum number of years of citizenship required to serve as a justice on the U. S. Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      5.

    • B. 

      7.

    • C. 

      14.

    • D. 

      20.

    • E. 

      None of these choices are correct.

  • 24. 
    What do we call a change to the Constitution?  
    • A. 

      Amendments.

    • B. 

      Additions.

    • C. 

      Corrections. Corrections

    • D. 

      Subtractions

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