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Civics is the study of the rights and privileges that a citizen of a given country has. As a citizen you get to know how the government works and what it should provide its citizens with. Take up the 7th grade civics quiz below and get to know what you understood so far.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Write the United States Preamble. There is a character limit so if you run out of room and your still typing it is incorrect.

  • 2. 

    Fill in the blanks.The Executive branch has the power to      laws, make              , carry out       , and               . The                 is part of the Executive branch.

    Correct Answer
    veto, appointments, laws, make treaties, president.
    Explanation
    The Executive branch has the power to veto laws, make appointments, carry out laws, and make treaties. The president is part of the Executive branch.

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  • 3. 

    Fill in the Blank. One of the most famous parts of the Declaration of Independence is written below. Answer in this format; declaration, of, independence, and the constitution    We hold these truths to be self-            , that all men are created           , that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable              , that among  these are       ,              , and the pursuit of                    .    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just               from the              of the governed,    That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the                to alter or               it....

    Correct Answer
    evident, equal, rights, life, liberty, happiness, powers, consent, people, and abolish.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a list of words that complete the blanks in the given excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. These words are evident, equal, rights, life, liberty, happiness, powers, consent, people, and abolish.

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  • 4. 

                  is a signed agreement.

    Correct Answer
    Compact
    Explanation
    A compact is a signed agreement between two or more parties. It is a legally binding document that outlines the terms and conditions agreed upon by all involved parties. This agreement can cover various aspects such as business partnerships, contracts, or even international treaties.

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  • 5. 

    The                   Acts forced colonists to house British troops.

    Correct Answer
    Quartering
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Quartering." This refers to the act of forcing colonists to provide housing and supplies for British troops. This was one of the measures taken by the British government to maintain control over the American colonies during the colonial period. The Quartering Act was passed in 1765 and required colonists to provide accommodations, such as food and shelter, to British soldiers stationed in their towns and cities. This act was seen as a violation of the colonists' rights and contributed to growing tensions between the American colonies and the British government.

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  • 6. 

    Britain saw its colonies as a source of                       .

    • A.

      Food

    • B.

      Trade

    • C.

      Profit

    • D.

      Minerals

    Correct Answer
    C. Profit
    Explanation
    Britain saw its colonies as a source of profit. The British Empire viewed its colonies as a means to generate wealth and economic benefits for the mother country. The colonies provided valuable resources, such as raw materials and agricultural products, which could be exported back to Britain for sale. Additionally, the colonies served as captive markets for British manufactured goods, ensuring a steady demand for British products. The British Empire implemented policies and systems of control to maximize their economic gains from the colonies, such as mercantilism and the establishment of monopolies.

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  • 7. 

    True or False: If you sold a newspaper in 1765, you would not have to put a tax stamp on it.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In 1765, the British government implemented the Stamp Act, which required a tax stamp to be placed on all printed materials, including newspapers, sold in the American colonies. This act was one of the factors that sparked widespread opposition and protests among the colonists, as they believed it was a violation of their rights. Therefore, if you sold a newspaper in 1765, you would have been required to put a tax stamp on it, making the statement False.

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  • 8. 

    We celebrate the fourth of July because that's when the                                             was                   .

    Correct Answer
    Declaration of Independence, signed
    Explanation
    We celebrate the fourth of July because that's when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

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  • 9. 

    Colonists had to follow the laws of                             .

    • A.

      America

    • B.

      Britain

    • C.

      Mexico

    • D.

      China

    Correct Answer
    B. Britain
    Explanation
    Colonists had to follow the laws of Britain because during the time of colonization, America was under British rule. The British government established laws and regulations that applied to the colonies, and the colonists were expected to abide by these laws. Failure to comply with British laws could result in penalties or punishments imposed by the British authorities. The British government exerted control over the colonies through various means, including the enforcement of laws, taxation, and governance. Therefore, it was necessary for the colonists to follow the laws of Britain.

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  • 10. 

    True or False: Virginia's first colony was called the House of Burgesses.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The House of Burgesses was indeed the first legislative assembly in the American colonies, established in Virginia in 1619. It was the first step towards self-government in the colonies and allowed for representative democracy, making decisions and enacting laws for the colony. Therefore, the statement that Virginia's first colony was called the House of Burgesses is true.

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  • 11. 

    The Townshend Revenue Act allowed the government to                 peoples' homes.

    • A.

      Quarter troops in

    • B.

      Buy

    • C.

      Destroy

    • D.

      Search

    Correct Answer
    D. Search
    Explanation
    The Townshend Revenue Act allowed the government to search people's homes. This means that the government had the authority to enter and investigate private residences in order to enforce the Act's provisions, which included the collection of taxes on imported goods. This power granted to the government under the Act infringed on the privacy and property rights of individuals, allowing for potential intrusion and scrutiny of their personal lives and belongings.

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  • 12. 

    Check all that apply. The items colonists could not make for themselves and the items that were taxed by Britain in a search for money.

    • A.

      Glass

    • B.

      Timber

    • C.

      Cotton

    • D.

      Lead

    • E.

      Paint

    • F.

      Tea

    • G.

      Clothing

    • H.

      Paper

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Glass
    D. Lead
    E. Paint
    F. Tea
    Explanation
    Glass, lead, paint, and tea were items that the colonists could not make for themselves and were also taxed by Britain. The colonists did not have the resources or technology to produce glass, lead, and paint, so they had to import these items from Britain. Tea was also heavily taxed by Britain as a way to generate revenue. Therefore, these items were both necessary for the colonists and subject to taxation by Britain.

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  • 13. 

    Which resources did Britain receive from the colonies?

    • A.

      Minerals

    • B.

      Timber

    • C.

      Crops

    • D.

      Paint

    • E.

      Cotton

    • F.

      All of the Above

    • G.

      A,B,C

    • H.

      C,D,E

    Correct Answer
    H. C,D,E
    Explanation
    Britain received minerals, timber, crops, paint, and cotton from the colonies. This means that the resources they received included all of the options listed in the answer choices C, D, and E.

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  • 14. 

    The Legislative branch has the power to make                      the budget, raise or lower         , and can                the president. The                                                  and                are a part of the Legislative branch.

    Correct Answer
    laws, balance, taxes, impeach, house of representatives, senate
    Explanation
    The Legislative branch has the power to make laws, which is one of its main functions. It also has the authority to balance the budget, meaning it can allocate funds to different areas of government spending. Additionally, the Legislative branch has the power to raise or lower taxes, which is an important aspect of fiscal policy. Another power of the Legislative branch is the ability to impeach the president, which is a process that can remove the president from office. Finally, the house of representatives and the senate are both part of the Legislative branch, as they are the two chambers of Congress.

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  • 15. 

    The Judicial branch has the power to                  if laws are                      . The                    is part of the Judicial branch.

    Correct Answer
    decide, constitutional, supreme court
    Explanation
    The Judicial branch has the power to decide if laws are constitutional. The Supreme Court is part of the Judicial branch.

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  • 16. 

    Which part of the U.s. Constitution states the six purposes of government?

    Correct Answer
    Preamble
    Explanation
    The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution states the six purposes of government. It serves as an introduction to the Constitution and outlines the goals and objectives that the government aims to achieve. The Preamble emphasizes the importance of establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, promoting the general welfare, and securing the blessings of liberty for the people of the United States. It sets the tone for the Constitution and highlights the fundamental principles upon which the government is based.

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  • 17. 

    Please fill answer below_______

    Correct Answer
    N/A
  • 18. 

    Plan 1
    • Legislative has 2 chambers
    • Number of votes for each state depends on the state's population
    • Favored larger states
    ​Plan 2
    • Legislative has 1 chamber
    • Each state gets one vote regardless the population.
    • Favored smaller states
    ​What are the two plans described above?

    • A.

      New Jersey Plan; Virginia Plan

    • B.

      Virginia Plan; New Jersey Plan

    • C.

      Maryland Plan; Virginia Plan

    • D.

      Virginia Plan; Maryland Plan

    Correct Answer
    B. Virginia Plan; New Jersey Plan
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Virginia Plan; New Jersey Plan. The Virginia Plan proposed a legislative branch with two chambers, where the number of votes for each state would depend on the state's population, favoring larger states. On the other hand, the New Jersey Plan suggested a legislative branch with only one chamber, where each state would have one vote regardless of population, favoring smaller states.

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  • 19. 

    True or False:In the House of Representatives the more people the state has, the more votes it gets.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In the House of Representatives, the number of votes a state gets is indeed determined by its population. This is because the House of Representatives is based on the principle of proportional representation, where each state is allocated a certain number of seats based on its population size. Therefore, states with larger populations have more representatives and thus more votes in the House of Representatives.

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  • 20. 

    In the senate each state gets                 votes.

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      1

    Correct Answer
    C. 2
    Explanation
    In the Senate, each state is given two votes. This is to ensure that each state, regardless of its population size, has an equal say in the decision-making process. This system was established to maintain a balance between the interests of smaller and larger states, preventing the domination of decision-making by more populous states.

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  • 21. 

    Under the Articles of Confederation how many states were required to agree to change? The Constitution?

    • A.

      1/4; all

    • B.

      All; 3/4

    • C.

      All; all

    • D.

      1/2; 3/4

    Correct Answer
    B. All; 3/4
    Explanation
    Under the Articles of Confederation, all states were required to agree in order to make any changes. However, under the Constitution, a higher threshold of three-fourths of the states was required to agree in order to make changes. This change in requirement reflects the desire to create a stronger central government and ensure that any changes made to the Constitution would have broad support from the majority of states.

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  • 22. 

    True or False: The Articles of Confederation required states to follow the laws Congress passed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Articles of Confederation did not have the power to enforce laws on the states. While Congress could pass laws, it did not have the authority to ensure that the states followed them. This lack of enforcement power was one of the major weaknesses of the Articles and led to the creation of the stronger federal government under the Constitution. Therefore, the statement that the Articles of Confederation required states to follow the laws Congress passed is false.

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  • 23. 

    True or False: The Articles of Confederation did not require states to treat citizens from other states the same as their own. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Articles of Confederation, which served as the first constitution of the United States, did not contain any provision that required states to treat citizens from other states the same as their own. This lack of requirement meant that states had the freedom to establish their own laws and regulations regarding the treatment of citizens from other states. As a result, there was no uniformity or consistency in the rights and privileges granted to citizens across different states, leading to potential inequalities and conflicts.

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  • 24. 

    Does the Constitution state that federal laws are superior to state laws?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The Constitution does state that federal laws are superior to state laws. This principle is known as federal supremacy and is established in Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution, also known as the Supremacy Clause. It states that the Constitution, federal laws, and treaties are the supreme law of the land, and therefore, any state laws that conflict with them are invalid. This ensures a uniform application of federal laws across all states and maintains the balance of power between the federal government and the states.

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  • 25. 

    Does the Constitution require states to treat citizens from other states the same as their own?

    • A.

      No

    • B.

      Yes

    Correct Answer
    B. Yes
    Explanation
    The Constitution does require states to treat citizens from other states the same as their own. This principle is known as the "Privileges and Immunities Clause" found in Article IV, Section 2 of the Constitution. It ensures that citizens of one state are entitled to the same rights and protections as citizens of another state when traveling or residing in that state. This provision promotes equality and prevents discrimination based on state residency.

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  • 26. 

    Please fill answer below_______

    Correct Answer
    N/A
  • 27. 

    What was bad about the Congress of the Articles of Confederation?

    Correct Answer
    Congress had no way to enforce it's laws. Congress had no power to collect taxes to pay for the military. The articles could only be changed if ALL states agreed.
    Explanation
    The Congress of the Articles of Confederation was flawed because it lacked the ability to enforce its laws. Without the power to enforce laws, the Congress was unable to ensure compliance and maintain order within the states. Additionally, the Congress had no authority to collect taxes, which hindered its ability to fund the military and other essential functions. Furthermore, the requirement for unanimous agreement from all states to make changes to the Articles made it difficult to address any shortcomings or adapt to new circumstances.

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