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Hey there! Have you ever read the American Constitution? Do you have a basic idea about The Articles of Confederation? If not, then take this quiz to test your knowledge and learn about the American constitution. It was an agreement among the 13 states of the U. S, approved and came into force on March 1, 1781. Let's take the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The federal government is...

    • A.

      A central government to control all of the states.

    • B.

      Like the center of a spider web.

    • C.

      Government of just one state.

    • D.

      Choices A & B

    Correct Answer
    D. Choices A & B
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Choices A & B. The federal government is a central government that controls all of the states, similar to the center of a spider web. This means that the federal government has authority over the states and can make decisions that affect the entire country.

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  • 2. 

    The best way to describe the Articles of Confederation would be to say that it (Yes, it is singular)...

    • A.

      Was the first plan for governing the United States.

    • B.

      Made the federal government too strong.

    • C.

      Created a President, a Congress, and federal court system.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. Was the first plan for governing the United States.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Was the first plan for governing the United States." The Articles of Confederation were the first attempt at creating a system of government for the newly formed United States. This plan established a weak central government with limited powers, as the Founding Fathers were wary of creating a strong central authority after their experience with British rule. The Articles of Confederation provided for a unicameral Congress and did not create a President or federal court system.

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  • 3. 

    A "Confederation" is...

    • A.

      A strict association based upon membership.

    • B.

      A loose association.

    • C.

      An American who supported African-American civil rights.

    • D.

      The same thing as an "article".

    Correct Answer
    B. A loose association.
    Explanation
    A "Confederation" refers to a loose association, where members come together but maintain a certain level of independence. It implies a less centralized and more decentralized structure, where individual entities or states retain their sovereignty while cooperating on certain issues. This term is commonly used to describe political or economic alliances where the participating members have a degree of autonomy.

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  • 4. 

    Under the Articles of Confederation, the only real power that the federal government had was to...

    • A.

      Tax citizens.

    • B.

      Print money.

    • C.

      Choose a President.

    • D.

      Raise an army during time of war.

    Correct Answer
    D. Raise an army during time of war.
    Explanation
    Under the Articles of Confederation, the federal government had limited powers, and one of the few powers it possessed was the ability to raise an army during times of war. This means that the federal government could mobilize military forces to defend the country when it was under threat. The Articles of Confederation did not grant the federal government the power to tax citizens or print money, and the selection of a President was not a responsibility of the federal government under this system.

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  • 5. 

    Under the Articles of Confederation, the states had the power to...

    • A.

      Tax citizens.

    • B.

      Print money.

    • C.

      Make deals with other nations.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    Under the Articles of Confederation, the states had the power to tax citizens, print money, and make deals with other nations. This was because the Articles of Confederation established a weak central government and granted significant powers to the individual states. As a result, the states were able to exercise these powers independently and autonomously.

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  • 6. 

    Another term for a "Republic" would be...

    • A.

      Direct Democracy.

    • B.

      Monarchy.

    • C.

      Representative Democracy.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. Representative Democracy.
    Explanation
    A republic is a form of government in which the country is considered a "public matter" and power is held by the people or their elected representatives. In a representative democracy, the people elect individuals to represent their interests and make decisions on their behalf. This system allows for a balance of power and ensures that the government is accountable to the people. Therefore, "Representative Democracy" is an appropriate alternative term for a republic.

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  • 7. 

    The role of the U.S. Congress is to...

    • A.

      Appoint governors for each state.

    • B.

      Choose the President.

    • C.

      Make laws for the whole nation.

    • D.

      Make treaties with other nations.

    Correct Answer
    C. Make laws for the whole nation.
    Explanation
    The U.S. Congress is responsible for making laws for the entire nation. This includes both the House of Representatives and the Senate, who work together to propose, debate, and pass legislation. The laws passed by Congress apply to all states and citizens within the United States. The appointment of governors for each state is typically done at the state level, not by Congress. Choosing the President is the role of the Electoral College, not Congress. While Congress does have a role in approving treaties made by the President, their primary function is to create laws.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following IS NOT TRUE about the United States under the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      There was no President.

    • B.

      All states were equal-one vote in Congress per state.

    • C.

      There was a weak federal government, with only one house of Congress.

    • D.

      Federal courts would choose the President.

    Correct Answer
    D. Federal courts would choose the President.
    Explanation
    The statement "Federal courts would choose the President" is not true about the United States under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation did not establish a federal court system, and the selection of the President was not within the jurisdiction of the courts. Instead, the Articles of Confederation created a weak federal government with no executive branch, meaning there was no President at that time. All states were equal and had one vote in Congress, and there was only one house of Congress, known as the Confederation Congress.

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  • 9. 

    The Articles of Confederation failed because:

    • A.

      Congress could not force states to give tax money to the federal government.

    • B.

      To pass a law in Congress, a vote of 9/13 was needed to pass a law.

    • C.

      There was no supervision by the federal government to ensure that laws were carried out.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The Articles of Confederation failed because Congress lacked the power to enforce tax collection from the states, which hindered the federal government's ability to fund its operations. Additionally, the requirement of a 9/13 majority vote to pass laws made it difficult to pass legislation efficiently. Furthermore, the absence of federal government supervision meant there was no mechanism to ensure that laws were implemented and followed by the states. All these factors contributed to the failure of the Articles of Confederation.

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  • 10. 

    Proof that the United States was not acting as a single country under the Articles of Confederation would be that...

    • A.

      Each state wanted a different President.

    • B.

      Each state had its' own army, and printed its' own money.

    • C.

      Virginia and Maryland nearly went to war with each other.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. Each state had its' own army, and printed its' own money.
    Explanation
    The fact that each state had its own army and printed its own money indicates that the United States was not acting as a single country under the Articles of Confederation. This suggests that there was no centralized authority or control over these important aspects, which are typically managed by a national government. The existence of separate armies and currencies highlights the lack of unity and coordination among the states, further supporting the argument that they were not functioning as a single country.

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  • 11. 

    Daniel Shays was from...

    • A.

      Boston, MA.

    • B.

      Pelham, MA.

    • C.

      New York, NY.

    • D.

      Great Britain.

    Correct Answer
    B. Pelham, MA.
    Explanation
    Daniel Shays was from Pelham, MA. This can be inferred from the information given in the question. The question asks for the place where Daniel Shays was from, and the answer option "Pelham, MA." is the only location mentioned in the given options. Therefore, it can be concluded that Daniel Shays was from Pelham, MA.

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  • 12. 

    The Regulators were mostly...

    • A.

      Farmers in Western Massachusetts who had their farms taken by the bank.

    • B.

      The Massachusetts state militia.

    • C.

      The nickname for the United States Army.

    • D.

      A gang who terrorized New York City in the 1780's.

    Correct Answer
    A. Farmers in Western Massachusetts who had their farms taken by the bank.
    Explanation
    The Regulators were a group of farmers in Western Massachusetts who had their farms taken by the bank. They were protesting against the unfair practices of the banks and the government's failure to address their grievances. The Regulators sought to bring attention to their plight and fight for their rights as farmers. They organized protests and sometimes resorted to violent actions to resist the bank's seizure of their land. Their actions were a response to the economic hardships they faced and their desire to reclaim what was rightfully theirs.

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  • 13. 

    Where did the Regulators attack, hoping to find weapons for a march on Boston?

    • A.

      The Springfield Armory.

    • B.

      The Springfield Civic Center.

    • C.

      Washington, DC.

    • D.

      Governor Bowdoin's house.

    Correct Answer
    A. The Springfield Armory.
    Explanation
    The Regulators attacked the Springfield Armory in hopes of finding weapons for a march on Boston. This suggests that they believed the armory would have a significant stockpile of weapons that they could use for their planned march. The Springfield Armory was a logical target for them as it was a major military facility known for its production of firearms.

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  • 14. 

    The Regulators were upset because...

    • A.

      Taxes were too high.

    • B.

      The paper money issued by the State of Massachusetts was worthless, therefore they could not pay their bills.

    • C.

      Many of them had been soldiers years earlier, and they were still owed money from the U.S. government.

    • D.

      Choices B & C.

    Correct Answer
    D. Choices B & C.
    Explanation
    The Regulators were upset because the paper money issued by the State of Massachusetts was worthless, therefore they could not pay their bills, and many of them had been soldiers years earlier and were still owed money from the U.S. government.

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  • 15. 

    One of the ways that Shays' Rebellion showed that the federal government was too weak was...

    • A.

      When the farmers rioted, there was no federal army to stop them.

    • B.

      No federal courts to make sure that state courts are acting fairly.

    • C.

      No federal system of money.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    Shays' Rebellion demonstrated the weakness of the federal government because it lacked a standing army to suppress the farmers' riot. Additionally, the absence of federal courts meant there was no oversight to ensure fair actions by state courts. Furthermore, the lack of a federal system of money highlighted the government's weakness, as there was no unified currency or monetary policy. Therefore, all of these factors contribute to the argument that Shays' Rebellion exposed the federal government's lack of strength.

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  • 16. 

    To solve the many problems facing the United States, the U.S. Congress voted to...

    • A.

      Impeach the President.

    • B.

      Hold a Constitutional Convention.

    • C.

      Hold brand new elections.

    • D.

      Give the states even more power.

    Correct Answer
    B. Hold a Constitutional Convention.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Hold a Constitutional Convention." A Constitutional Convention is a gathering of delegates to revise or amend the existing constitution. This option suggests that the U.S. Congress believes that the problems facing the United States can be addressed by making changes to the constitution. This could involve modifying existing laws, adding new provisions, or redefining the balance of power between different branches of government. By holding a Constitutional Convention, the U.S. Congress aims to address the issues and challenges facing the country through a comprehensive and systematic approach to constitutional reform.

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  • 17. 

    How many votes did each state have in Congress, according to the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      Depended on the size of the state.

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      1

    • D.

      3

    Correct Answer
    C. 1
    Explanation
    According to the Articles of Confederation, each state had only one vote in Congress. This means that regardless of the size or population of a state, it had an equal say in the decision-making process. This was a deliberate decision to ensure that smaller states were not overshadowed by larger ones, promoting equality among the states.

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  • 18. 

    The first rules of the country were known as...

    Correct Answer
    The Articles of Confederation
    Articles of Confederation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Articles of Confederation, Articles of Confederation." The first rules of the country were known as the Articles of Confederation. This document served as the first constitution of the United States from 1781 to 1789. It established a weak central government, giving most powers to the individual states. However, it had several limitations and was eventually replaced by the United States Constitution in order to create a stronger and more effective government.

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