AP Gov: Multiple Choice Questions! Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The principal goal of the American Revolution was?
    • A. 

      Equality

    • B. 

      Financial betterment

    • C. 

      Political efficacy

    • D. 

      Fraternity

    • E. 

      Liberty

  • 2. 
    The central issue in the framing of the Constitution was that of?
    • A. 

      How strong to make the central government

    • B. 

      How best to divide powers among the branches of government

    • C. 

      How best to break with Great Britain

    • D. 

      How to adopt liberty to still allow slaveholding

    • E. 

      How to create a truly independent judiciary

  • 3. 
    The importance of the Great Compromise adopted by the Constitutional Convention was that it:
    • A. 

      Created a legislature similar in structure to that under the Articles of confederation

    • B. 

      Established a single, one state-one vote formula under which all states would benefit.

    • C. 

      Strengthened the power of larger states at the expense of smaller states

    • D. 

      Granted equal power to the three branches of the new central government

    • E. 

      Ensured support for a strong national government from small as well as large states

  • 4. 
    Dividing power between the states and national government is referred to as:
    • A. 

      Sovereignty

    • B. 

      Dual legitimacy

    • C. 

      Egalitarianism

    • D. 

      Plutocracy

    • E. 

      Federalism

  • 5. 
    In which Federalist Paper does Madison warn against the danger of factions?
    • A. 

      Federalist 51

    • B. 

      Federalist 25

    • C. 

      Federalist 11

    • D. 

      Federalist 10

    • E. 

      Federalist 1

  • 6. 
    If the U.S. was still operating under the Articles of Confederation, which of the following issues would have to be handled by the states?
    • A. 

      Arms reduction negotiations

    • B. 

      Interstate commerce

    • C. 

      Postal regulation

    • D. 

      Protecting the environment against acid rain

    • E. 

      All of these

  • 7. 
    The effect of Shay's Rebellion on attendance by delegates at the planned Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to:
    • A. 

      Encourage attendance by delegates fearing the collapse of state governments.

    • B. 

      Encourage attendance by delegates fearing intervention by the British

    • C. 

      Discourage attendance by delegates fearing a public outcry against strengthening the Articles of Confederation.

    • D. 

      Discourage attendance by delegates fearing intervention by the British

    • E. 

      Discourage attendance by delegates who fought in the Revolutionary War

  • 8. 
    Each state would have had an equal number of votes in the legislature under the:
    • A. 

      Connecticut Plan

    • B. 

      New Jersey Plan

    • C. 

      Maryland Plan

    • D. 

      Virginia Plan

    • E. 

      Georgia Plan

  • 9. 
    Among the many compromises worked out at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 after the adoption of the Great Compromise was that of the:
    • A. 

      Adoption of a five-year term of office for the president

    • B. 

      Selection of the Supreme Court by the Senate

    • C. 

      Popular election of members of the House of Representatives

    • D. 

      Use of an electoral college for choosing a president

    • E. 

      An elective monarchy

  • 10. 
    For purposes of determining state representatives in the House of Representatives, ___________ percent of slaves were counted.
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      40

    • C. 

      60

    • D. 

      75

    • E. 

      100

  • 11. 
    Most amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been ratified by the vote of:
    • A. 

      Ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states

    • B. 

      One-half of the state legislatures

    • C. 

      Two-thirds of the members of both houses of Congress

    • D. 

      Two-thirds of the representatives to a national convention

    • E. 

      Three-fourths of the state legislatures

  • 12. 
    Presidents would be able to veto part of a bill while approving the rest if the U.S. Constitution permitted a:
    • A. 

      Veto

    • B. 

      Provisional veto

    • C. 

      Pocket veto

    • D. 

      Reverse-veto

    • E. 

      Line-item veto

  • 13. 
    With regard to the support given to the U.S. Constitution by creditors and debtors, the text notes that:
    • A. 

      Both creditors and debtors strongly supported ratification

    • B. 

      Both creditors and debtors strongly opposed ratification

    • C. 

      Creditors tended to favor ratification, debtors to oppose it.

    • D. 

      Creditors tended to oppose ratification, debtors to support it.

    • E. 

      Debtors were uncertain about ratification. Creditors opposed it.

  • 14. 
    Compared to Federalists, Antifederalists tended to favor a:
    • A. 

      Strong national government as protection against political privilege

    • B. 

      Weak decentralized government as protection against social inequality -- differences in wealth.

    • C. 

      Weak decentralized government as protection of liberty.

    • D. 

      Strong national government as protection for political privilege

    • E. 

      Strong national government for purposes of taxation

  • 15. 
    The U.S. Constitution failed to outlaw slavery because:
    • A. 

      Few at the time recognized slavery as a moral evil.

    • B. 

      The opponents of slavery lacked the courage of their convictions.

    • C. 

      Southern support was essential to the adoption of the document.

    • D. 

      The Framers had no such mandate from those who had selected them.

    • E. 

      Jefferson owned slaves.

  • 16. 
    The text suggests the Antifederalists:
    • A. 

      Had legitimate concerns.

    • B. 

      Had uncanny instincts for what the future might bring.

    • C. 

      Had no agreed-upon alternative to the Constitution.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 17. 
    The Bill of rights to the U.S. Constitution was intended to limit the power of?
    • A. 

      State governments over citizens.

    • B. 

      Citizens to amend the U.S. Constitution.

    • C. 

      The federal government.

    • D. 

      Legislatures to amend the U.S. Constitution

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 18. 
    The concept of the separation of powers involves:
    • A. 

      The division of the functions of government.

    • B. 

      The delegation of authority to the colonies.

    • C. 

      Strong state governments with taxation powers.

    • D. 

      A central government and submissive states

    • E. 

      Submissive central government and superior states.

  • 19. 
    Relative to the notion of democratic government, the Supreme Court's power of judicial review:
    • A. 

      Places limits on democracy.

    • B. 

      Is limited to state issues.

    • C. 

      Generally favors the executive.

    • D. 

      Is sometimes democratic, sometimes not.

    • E. 

      Is used frequently.

  • 20. 
    Seats in Congress were allocated on the basis of both equality (Senate) and population (House) under the:
    • A. 

      Great Compromise.

    • B. 

      New Jersey Plan.

    • C. 

      Maryland Plan.

    • D. 

      Virginia Plan.

    • E. 

      The Franklin Amendment.

  • 21. 
    The Massachusetts constitution:
    • A. 

      Treated all religious denominations alike.

    • B. 

      Created a separation of powers.

    • C. 

      Established property qualification

    • D. 

      Provide for an independent judiciary.

    • E. 

      Options B,C, and D

  • 22. 
    Shay's Rebellion, an early test of the powers of the Articles of Confederation, took place in:
    • A. 

      Virginia.

    • B. 

      Rhode Island.

    • C. 

      Massachusetts.

    • D. 

      Maryland.

    • E. 

      Pennsylvania.

  • 23. 
    James Madison examined historical data on republics, confederations, and aristocracies to learn about the formation of a government. His conclusions are found in:
    • A. 

      The Federalist Papers.

    • B. 

      His essay "On Liberty."

    • C. 

      His personal diary

    • D. 

      Revolutionary Governments (1-4)

    • E. 

      Two Treatises on Government.

  • 24. 
    All of the following were true of the government under the Articles of Confederation EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Larger states had more votes in the national legislature.

    • B. 

      There was no national judicial branch.

    • C. 

      The national government could not levy taxes.

    • D. 

      The national government could not regulate commerce

    • E. 

      Amendment required the support of all 13 states,

  • 25. 
    The U.S. Constitution was signed in the year:
    • A. 

      1775.

    • B. 

      1776.

    • C. 

      1779.

    • D. 

      1787.

    • E. 

      1789.

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