Civics And American Government Cp: Final

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American Government Quizzes & Trivia

Civics and American Government - College Preparatory: Final ExamTextbook: Civics Citizens In Action, by Merrill Publishing Company


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A body of electors chosen to elect the President and Vice President of the United States:
    • A. 

      Supreme Court

    • B. 

      Legislature

    • C. 

      The Electoral College

  • 2. 
    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."  This is the powerful, single sentence introduction to which historic document:
    • A. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • B. 

      The Magna Carta

    • C. 

      The Constitution

  • 3. 
    Describes the legislative branch of American government
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article II

    • C. 

      Article III

    • D. 

      Article IV

    • E. 

      Article V

  • 4. 
    Described the executive branch of American government
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article II

    • C. 

      Article III

    • D. 

      Article IV

    • E. 

      Article V

  • 5. 
    Describes the judicial branch of American government
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article II

    • C. 

      Article III

    • D. 

      Article IV

    • E. 

      Article V

  • 6. 
    Describes the ratification of the constitution:
    • A. 

      Article III

    • B. 

      Article IV

    • C. 

      Article v

    • D. 

      Article VI

    • E. 

      Article VII

  • 7. 
    Lists several general provisions, including the assumption of all debts and contracts made by the government under the Articles of Confederation;  also includes Supremacy Clause and the President's Oath of Office:
    • A. 

      Article III

    • B. 

      Article IV

    • C. 

      Article V

    • D. 

      Article VI

    • E. 

      Article VII

  • 8. 
    Makes an act a crime and punishes people who committed that act before the law was passed.  (Hint:  Congress may not pass bills of this type.)
    • A. 

      Ex post facto law

    • B. 

      Juris prudence

    • C. 

      Miranda rights

  • 9. 
    According to division of powers, which has the power to coin money?
    • A. 

      State Government

    • B. 

      National Government

    • C. 

      Concurrent Powers of State and National Governments

  • 10. 
    Division of Powers places the burden of enforcing laws upon which level(s) of government?
    • A. 

      State Government

    • B. 

      National Government

    • C. 

      Concurrent Powers

  • 11. 
    Providing for education is a responsibility of which level of government, according to the Divisions of Powers:
    • A. 

      State Government

    • B. 

      National Government

    • C. 

      Concurrent Powers

  • 12. 
    According to this idea, each branch of government may check, or limit, the power of the other two.  (Hint: In this way, the three branches become somewhat interdependent, thus assuring that the power among all three will remain balanced.)
    • A. 

      Division of Powers

    • B. 

      System Of Checks and Balances

    • C. 

      Preamble To The Constitution

  • 13. 
    The writ's sole function is to release an individual from unlawful imprisonment; through this use it has come to be regarded as the great writ of liberty. The writ tests only whether a prisoner has been accorded due process, not whether he is guilty.
    • A. 

      Ex post facto law

    • B. 

      Bill of attainder

    • C. 

      Writ of habeas corpus

  • 14. 
    A law giving out punishment without a court trial (it is unconstitutional):
    • A. 

      Habeas corpus

    • B. 

      Bill of attainder

    • C. 

      Ex post facto law

  • 15. 
    According to the principle of separation of powers, the power of the government is given to these three branches:
    • A. 

      Federalism, Patriotism, Governmentalism

    • B. 

      Executive, Legislative, Judicial

    • C. 

      Presidential, Democratic, Republican

  • 16. 
    This branch of government may interpret laws and treaties, declare laws unconstitutional, declare executive acts unconstitutional:
    • A. 

      Judicial

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Executive

  • 17. 
    This branch of government has the power to pardon federal offenders, appoint federal judges, veto laws, suggest legislation:
    • A. 

      Judicial

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Executive

  • 18. 
    This branch of government controls money, may impeach judges, regulates jurisdiction, may override veto, may impeach President, Vice-President and executive officers:
    • A. 

      Judicial

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Executive

  • 19. 
    This Amendment of the Constitution guarantees important freedoms;  religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to assemble and right to petition.
    • A. 

      First Amendment

    • B. 

      Second Amendment

    • C. 

      Fifth Amendment

  • 20. 
    Guarantees the right to keep and bear arms:
    • A. 

      First Amendment

    • B. 

      Second Amendment

    • C. 

      Third Amendment

  • 21. 
    Protects people from unreasonable search and seizure:
    • A. 

      Second Amendment

    • B. 

      Third Amendment

    • C. 

      Fourth Amendment

  • 22. 
    This amendment guarantees that an individual must not be required to self-incriminate themselves in a criminal trial:
    • A. 

      Third Amendment

    • B. 

      Fifth Amendment

    • C. 

      Seventh Amendment

  • 23. 
    This amendment abolished slavery:
    • A. 

      Tenth Amendment

    • B. 

      Eleventh Amendment

    • C. 

      Thirteenth Amendment

  • 24. 
    Forbids President to serve more than two terms (each term being 4 years, for a total of 8 years for the two terms):
    • A. 

      Amendment 20

    • B. 

      Amendment 21

    • C. 

      Amendment 22

  • 25. 
    A two thirds vote of both houses of Congress or by approval of a national convention called by Congress at the request of two thirds of the states ... these are the two methods by which the following may take place:
    • A. 

      Overturning a law

    • B. 

      Proposition of an amendment

    • C. 

      Appealing to the Supreme Court

  • 26. 
    Qualifications for this office are as follows:  must be at least 30 years of age, must have been a citizen of the US for at least 9 years, must live or have residence in the state from which s/he is elected:
    • A. 

      Senator

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      Vice President

  • 27. 
    A bill becomes a law in the following manner:  it is introduced into either the House or the Senate; it is then referred to a Senate or House Committee or Subcommittee and subsequently "Reported By Full Committee"; then floor action is taken after which it is subject to final approval by BOTH the House and the Senate.  The final step before a bill becomes a law is for the President to Sign the Bill into law.  QUESTION:  If the President vetoes the bill, what must take place for the bill to still go into law?
    • A. 

      Two thirds vote in both houses

    • B. 

      Ratification by the Vice President

    • C. 

      Plea to the houses by the Speaker Of The House

  • 28. 
    This term refers to putting a bill aside and never referring to it again:
    • A. 

      Pocket veto

    • B. 

      Filibuster

    • C. 

      Pigeonholed

  • 29. 
    Method of delay in which Senators talk for hours creating a delay that prevents a bill from coming to a vote:
    • A. 

      Pocket Veto

    • B. 

      Filibuster

    • C. 

      Pigeonholed

  • 30. 
    Action in which the President refuses to sign a bill for a period of ten days;  if the circumstances are such that Congress is not in session or adjourns during this time, the bill is vetoed:
    • A. 

      Pocket veto

    • B. 

      Filibustered

    • C. 

      Pigeonholed

  • 31. 
    Cloture rule is a senate rule in which a three-fifths vote can do which of the following:
    • A. 

      Override the rights under the 22nd Amendment

    • B. 

      Give the state the right to overrule Federal jurisdiction

    • C. 

      Limit debate and end a filibuster.

  • 32. 
    This court is at the top of the Federal Court System.  It is called the highest court in the land.
    • A. 

      Magistrate Court

    • B. 

      Supreme Court

    • C. 

      Court of Appeals

  • 33. 
    Choose the best answer to this question:  Which is true of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      It has original jurisdiction only.

    • B. 

      It has appellate jurisdiction only.

    • C. 

      It has both original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction.

  • 34. 
    The federal courts where cases are first heard, and which handle the largest share of federal court caseload, are known as:
    • A. 

      Magistrate Courts

    • B. 

      District Courts

    • C. 

      Supreme Courts

  • 35. 
    The Commission on Civil Rights was established in this year: 
    • A. 

      1998

    • B. 

      1957

    • C. 

      1776

  • 36. 
    The Civil Rights Movement arguably begin in 1943 when this brave and determined black seamstress refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger.
    • A. 

      Rosa Parks

    • B. 

      Harriet Tubman

    • C. 

      Betsy Ross

  • 37. 
    It is a legislative or executive act by which a state restores those who may have been guilty of an offense against it to the positions of innocent persons.
    • A. 

      Armistice

    • B. 

      Amnesty

    • C. 

      Executive order

  • 38. 
    It means a cessation of hostilities as a prelude to peace negotiations
    • A. 

      Armistice

    • B. 

      Amnesty

    • C. 

      Executive order

  • 39. 
    The following are examples of this office:  Serves as chief of state, serves as chief executive, heads the federal bureaucracy, power to issue executive orders, power to make budgets, serves as commander in chief: 
    • A. 

      Office of the Vice-Presidency

    • B. 

      Responsibilities of Speaker Of The House

    • C. 

      Powers and duties of the President

  • 40. 
    According to the Presidential line of succession, who are the next two positions in line to take the place of the Commander in Chief should the President not be available for any reason to perform his/her duties?
    • A. 

      First Vice-President, then Speaker of the House of Representatives

    • B. 

      First Vice-President, then the Secretary of State

    • C. 

      First Secretary of State, then Vice-President

  • 41. 
    The Vice-Presidency is limited to how many terms in office?
    • A. 

      One term of four years

    • B. 

      Two terms of four years each, for a total of 8 years like the Presidency

    • C. 

      No limit on number of terms Vice-President can serve

  • 42. 
    This phrase refers to an elected official who is still in office, but no longer responsive to the electorate, typically due to losing an election, retiring, or reaching the limit of term (such as the Presidency which has a two limit term).
    • A. 

      Gerrymandering

    • B. 

      Pocket veto

    • C. 

      Lame duck

  • 43. 
    This is the smaller of the two houses of Congress; made up of 100 members, two from each state:
    • A. 

      The Executive Branch

    • B. 

      The House Of Representatives

    • C. 

      The Senate