1965 Alabama Literacy Test Quiz

33 Questions
Literacy Quizzes & Trivia

From August 1964 to July 1965, Alabama used 100 different literacy tests as part of its complicated voter registration system. Applicants were required to chose a test at random to make it hard for them to study. Here's an interactive example of one such test. Do you think you could pass and win your right to vote? (Source:Ferris State University Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia)

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Questions and Answers
  • 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, name two rights which he has:
  • 4. 
    A U.S. senator elected at the general election in November takes office the following year on what date?
  • 5. 
  • 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 _________________.
  • 8. 
  • 9. 
    Does enumeration affect the income tax levied on citizens in various states?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 10. 
    Person opposed to swearing in an oath may say, instead (solemnly) _________________.
  • 11. 
    To serve as President of the United States, a person must have attained:
    • A. 

      25 years of age

    • B. 

      35 years of age

    • C. 

      40 years of age

    • D. 

      45 years of age

  • 12. 
    What words are required by law to be on all coins and paper currency of the U.S.?
  • 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?
  • 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 _______________________________.
  • 16. 
    A U.S. senator is elected for a term of _____ years.
  • 17. 
    Appropriation of money for the armed services can be only for a period limited to _____ years.
  • 18. 
    The chief executive and the administrative offices make up the ___________________ branch of government.
  • 19. 
    Who passes laws dealing with piracy?
  • 20. 
    The number of representatives which a state is entitled to have in the House of Representatives is based on:
  • 21. 
    The Constitution protects an individual against punishments which are _________________________________________.
  • 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:
  • 24. 
    Communisn was 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:
  • 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 ______________.
  • 28. 
    The electoral vote for President is counted in the presence of two bodies. Name them:
  • 29. 
    If no candidate for President receives a majority of the electoral vote, who decides who will become President?
  • 30. 
    Of the original 13 states, the one with the largest representation in the first Congress was ____________________.
  • 31. 
    Of which branch of government is the Speaker of the House a part?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Judicial

  • 32. 
    In case the President is unable to perform the duties of his office, who assumes them?
  • 33. 
    “Involuntary servitude” is permitted in the U.S. upon conviction of a crime.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False