1965 Alabama Literacy Test Trivia

35 Questions
United States Constitution Quizzes & Trivia

Take this quiz to see whether you would have been able to votebefore 1965, if you were not white. Some questions have been modified for this electronic format.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
     "Involuntary servitude" is permitted in the U.S. upon conviction of a crime.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    If a state is a party to a case, the Constitution provides that original jurisdiction shall be in:
    • A. 

      The Supreme Court

    • B. 

      The Capitol

    • C. 

      The Local Court House

  • 3. 
    Congress passes laws regulating cases which are included in those over which the U.S. Supreme Court has _______ jurisdiction.
    • A. 

      Full

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      Co-appellate

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Right of the U.S Constitution.
    • A. 

      Trail by Jury

    • B. 

      Voting

    • C. 

      Education

  • 5. 
    The Legislatures of the states decide how presidential electors may be chosen.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    If it were proposed to join Alabama and Mississippi to form one state, what groups would have to vote approval in order for this to be done? 
    • A. 

      Congress, and the legislature of both states.

    • B. 

      Congress alone.

    • C. 

      The legislature of both states.

  • 7. 
    The Vice President presides over:
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The Senate

  • 8. 
    The Constitution limits the size of the District of Columbia to 
    • A. 

      One (1) Square Mile

    • B. 

      Ten(10) Square Miles

    • C. 

      Unlimited

  • 9. 
    The only laws which can be passed to apply to an area in a federal arsenal are those passed by __________ provided consent for the purchase of the land is given by the _____________________.
    • A. 

      Congress, state legislatures

    • B. 

      State legislatures, Congress

    • C. 

      Neither of the above

  • 10. 
    In which document or writing is the "Bill of Rights" found?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Constitution

    • C. 

      Writ of Habeous Corpus

  • 11. 
    Of which branch of government is a Supreme Court justice a part?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Judicial

  • 12. 
    If no person receives a majority of the electoral votes, the Vice President is chosen by the Senate. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Name two things which the states are forbidden to do by the U.S. Constitution.
    • A. 

      Coin Money & Make Treaties

    • B. 

      Make local laws and Coin Money

    • C. 

      Make Treaties and local laws

  • 14. 
    If election of the President becomes the duty of the U.S. House of Representatives and it fails to act, who becomes President and when? 
    • A. 

      First Lady, when she wants to

    • B. 

      Vice President, when the House acts

    • C. 

      Speaker of the House, until the next term was supposed to start

  • 15. 
    How many votes must a person receive in order to become President if the election is decided by the U.S. House of Representatives? 
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      25

    • C. 

      26

  • 16. 
    How many states were required to approve the original Constitution in order for it to be in effect? 
    • A. 

      26

    • B. 

      13

    • C. 

      9

  • 17. 
    Which offense, if you are convicted of it, disqualifies you from voting:
    • A. 

      Murder

    • B. 

      Petty Larceny

    • C. 

      Manufacturing Whiskey

  • 18. 
    The Congress decides in what manner states elect presidential electors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Two purposes of the U.S. Constitution are: 
    • A. 

      To form a perfect union and to establish justice

    • B. 

      To establish Justice and regulate commerce

    • C. 

      Regulate Commerce and form a perfect union

  • 20. 
    Congress is composed of: ( Choose Two)
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Senate

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 21. 
    All legislative powers granted in the U.S. Constitution may legally be used only by:
    • A. 

      The President

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 22. 
    The population census is required to be made every _____ years.
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      10

  • 23. 
    Impeachments of U.S. officials are tried by:
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The Senate

  • 24. 
    If an effort to impeach the President of the U.S. is made, who presides at the trial? 
    • A. 

      The Vice President

    • B. 

      The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The Speaker of the House

  • 25. 
    On the impeachment of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S., who tries the case?
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Senate

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 26. 
    Money is coined by order of:
    • A. 

      U.S. Congress

    • B. 

      The President's Cabinet

    • C. 

      State Legislatures

  • 27. 
    Persons elected to cast a state's vote for U.S. President and Vice President are called presidential_____.
    • A. 

      Women

    • B. 

      Candidates

    • C. 

      Electors

  • 28. 
     Name one power which is exclusively legislative and is mentioned in one of the parts of the U.S. Constitution before. (Check All That Apply)
    • A. 

      Pass Laws

    • B. 

      Coin Money

    • C. 

      Declare War

  • 29. 
    If a person flees from justice into another state, who has authority to ask for his return? 
    • A. 

      The Governor

    • B. 

      A Judge

    • C. 

      The President

  • 30. 
    Whose duty is it to keep Congress informed of the state of the union? 
    • A. 

      TheVice President

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Chief Justice

  • 31. 
    If the two houses of Congress cannot agree on adjournment, who sets the time?
    • A. 

      The President

    • B. 

      Vice President

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 32. 
    When presidential electors meet to cast ballots for President, must all electors in a state vote for the same person for President or can they vote for different persons if they so choose? 
    • A. 

      They can vote for different people

    • B. 

      Same Person

  • 33. 
    After the presidential electors have voted, to whom do they send the count of their votes? 
    • A. 

      Chief Justice

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      Vice President

  • 34. 
    The power to declare war is vested in:
    • A. 

      The Vice President

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      The President

  • 35. 
    Any power and rights not given to the U.S. or prohibited to the states by the U.S. Constitution are specified as belonging to whom?(Choose Two)
    • A. 

      The states

    • B. 

      Foreigners

    • C. 

      The People