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