American Government Basics

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American Government Basics

This quiz is about the basic mechanics of the American Government


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How many total electoral votes are at stake in a presidential election?
    • A. 

      1000

    • B. 

      500

    • C. 

      535

    • D. 

      275

  • 2. 
    Which state has the most electoral votes?
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      California

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Illinois

  • 3. 
    From which country did we purchase Alaska from?
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      Britain

    • C. 

      Russia

    • D. 

      France

  • 4. 
    Who wrote the Declaration of Independence 
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      Ben Franklin

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      George Washingtion

  • 5. 
    When was the constitution ratified?
    • A. 

      1776

    • B. 

      1788

    • C. 

      1800

    • D. 

      1866

  • 6. 
    The constitution has how many amendments?
    • A. 

      19

    • B. 

      36

    • C. 

      27

    • D. 

      11

  • 7. 
    Article III of the constitution deals with 
    • A. 

      The Executive Branch

    • B. 

      The Judicial Branch

    • C. 

      The Legislative Branch

    • D. 

      The Military

  • 8. 
    Which Supreme Court case established the concept of judicial review?
    • A. 

      Martin v. Hunter's Lessee

    • B. 

      Nix v. Hedden

    • C. 

      Marbury v. Madison

    • D. 

      Gibbons v. Ogden

  • 9. 
    How many members are there in the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      435

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      217

    • D. 

      600

  • 10. 
    Which treaty removes trade barriers between the United States, Canada, and Mexico?
    • A. 

      START

    • B. 

      United Nations General Charter

    • C. 

      NAFTA

    • D. 

      Treaty of Tripoli

  • 11. 
    Congress may not do which of the following?
    • A. 

      Pass laws

    • B. 

      Set the federal budget

    • C. 

      Appoint cabinet officials

    • D. 

      Declare war

  • 12. 
    A president must be how old?
    • A. 

      40

    • B. 

      35

    • C. 

      60

    • D. 

      21

  • 13. 
    Which cabinet department manages federal parks?
    • A. 

      Department of Homeland Security

    • B. 

      Department of Interior

    • C. 

      Department of Commerce

    • D. 

      Department of State

  • 14. 
    As of Jan. 2012, who is the Secretary of State
    • A. 

      Leon Panetta

    • B. 

      Eric Holder

    • C. 

      Hillary Clinton

    • D. 

      Ray LaHood

  • 15. 
    The constitution allows the president which of these powers?
    • A. 

      Declare war

    • B. 

      Line-Item Veto

    • C. 

      Appoint judges

    • D. 

      Create laws

  • 16. 
    The 21st Amendment to the constitution does what?
    • A. 

      Repeals prohibition

    • B. 

      Gives women the right to vote

    • C. 

      Prohibits slavery

    • D. 

      Clarifies presidential succession

  • 17. 
    Pick sitting members of the Supreme Court
    • A. 

      Harry Blackmun

    • B. 

      William Taft

    • C. 

      Anthony Kenedy

    • D. 

      Clarence Thomas

    • E. 

      John Paul Stevens

    • F. 

      Sandra Day O'Connor