Constitution Fundamental Principles Quiz

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  • 1. 
    According to the Great Compromise,
    • A. 

      There would be a one-house legislature.

    • B. 

      each state would have the same number of members in the House.

    • C. 

      New Jersey and Virginia would have the same number of members in Congress.

    • D. 

      There would be two houses in Congress

  • 2. 
    What was the chief objection of the Antifederalists to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      It gave Congress too much power.

    • B. 

      It imposed high taxes on the states.

    • C. 

      It did not include a bill of rights.

    • D. 

      It did not represent all citizens

  • 3. 
    What kind of legislature did the small states prefer?
    • A. 

      One that gave each state the same number of members

    • B. 

      One that awarded membership based on class

    • C. 

      One that was divided into two houses

    • D. 

      One that gave states members based on their population

  • 4. 
    In forming their new governments, most of the 13 states
    • A. 

      Elected a president.

    • B. 

      Wrote constitutions.

    • C. 

      Allowed women to vote.

    • D. 

      Created their own armies.

  • 5. 
    A territory could ask Congress to be admitted as a new state
    • A. 

      After paying large sums of money to help defray the cost of the revolution.

    • B. 

      If they set asidelarge plots of land for displaced Native Americans.

    • C. 

      When it had apopulation of 60,000 free settlers.

    • D. 

      Once all enslavedAfrican Americans within its borders were set free.

  • 6. 
    What was the purpose of the Federalist Papers?
    • A. 

      To document the work performed by Benjamin Franklin

    • B. 

      To communicate actions taken by Congress to the 13 states

    • C. 

      To outline the positions of the candidates for President

    • D. 

      To defend theConstitution

  • 7. 
    The Articles of Confederation
    • A. 

      Did not create astrong national government.

    • B. 

      Created strongfederal courts.

    • C. 

      Inclued an executivebranch.

    • D. 

      Included manystate laws.

  • 8. 
     Who is often called the "Father of the Constitution?"
    • A. 

      James Madison

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • D. 

      George Washington

  • 9. 
    To amend the Constitution is to
    • A. 

      Approve it.

    • B. 

      Balance it

    • C. 

      Present it to thestates.

    • D. 

      Change it.

  • 10. 
    What was the first written document of self-government in North America?
    • A. 

      The UnitedStates Constitution

    • B. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • C. 

      The Mayflower Compact

    • D. 

      The VirginiaPlan

  • 11. 
    At least how many states had to ratify the Constitution before it could go into effect?
    • A. 

      13

    • B. 

      9

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      11

  • 12. 
    Daniel Shay organized a rebellion to protest the
    • A. 

      ConstitutionalConvention.

    • B. 

      Harshworking conditions for enslaved African Americans.

    • C. 

      Social structure inthe colonies.

    • D. 

      Unfair treatment offarmers.

  • 13. 
    The original goal of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was to
    • A. 

      Create a federal legislature

    • B. 

      Establish theSupreme Court.

    • C. 

      Outlaw slavery in the states.

    • D. 

      Revise the Articles of Confederation.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following was a right that was granted to Congress by the Articles of Confederation?
    • A. 

      Congress couldregulate trade between states.

    • B. 

      Congress could declare war.

    • C. 

      Congress could passlaws without colonial consent.

    • D. 

      Congress couldimpose taxes.

  • 15. 
    The Northwest Ordinance of 1787
    • A. 

      Allowed slavery inthe Northwest Territory.

    • B. 

      Purchased territories from Britain.

    • C. 

      Provided away to admit new states to the Union.

    • D. 

      Created a newcapital city.

  • 16. 
    The nation's first capital was located in
    • A. 

      WashingtonD.C.

    • B. 

      New York City.

    • C. 

      Boston.

    • D. 

      Philadelphia.

  • 17. 
    The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights
    • A. 

      Lists theresponsibility of citizens to serve in the military.

    • B. 

      Protects freedom of speech.

    • C. 

      Forbids thegovernment from quartering soldiers in citizens homes.

    • D. 

      Outlaws thepossession of weapons.

  • 18. 
    Why did three of the delegates of the convention refuse to sign the Constitution?
    • A. 

      They believed thateach state should hold a convention for rejection of ratification.

    • B. 

      They feared it gavetoo much power to the national government.

    • C. 

      They believed thatAfrican Americans were not fairly represented at the convention.

    • D. 

      They didn'tagree with the philosophy of a three-branch government.

  • 19. 
    How did the Three-Fifths Compromise benefit southern states?
    • A. 

      It allowed thestates to retain a larger portion of their tax revenue.

    • B. 

      The southern states were protected by larger presences of military.

    • C. 

      Farmers were given larger land grants to produce goods for trade.

    • D. 

      It allowed the states to have more representatives in the House of Representatives.

  • 20. 
    . Which state's constitution included the first bill of rights?
    • A. 

      RhodeIsland

    • B. 

      Pennsylvania

    • C. 

      Massachusetts

    • D. 

      Virginia

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