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  • 1. 

    Bills can begin here

    • A.

      House of Representatives

    • B.

      Senate

    • C.

      Both of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Both of these
    Explanation
    Bills can begin in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. In the United States Congress, the legislative process involves both chambers, and bills can originate in either one. This allows for a system of checks and balances, as both houses have the power to propose and introduce legislation. Once a bill is introduced in one chamber, it goes through a series of steps, including committee review, debate, and voting, before it can become law. Therefore, the correct answer is that bills can begin in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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  • 2. 

    Bills have to make through both the House and Senate in order to make it to the President's desk.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In the United States, for a bill to become a law, it must pass through both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House and Senate are the two chambers of Congress, and each has its own legislative process. If a bill is approved by both chambers, it is then sent to the President's desk for their signature or veto. Therefore, the statement that bills have to make it through both the House and Senate in order to reach the President's desk is true.

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  • 3. 

    To accuse someone of a crime is to _____________.

    • A.

      Impeach

    • B.

      Filibuster

    • C.

      Cloture

    • D.

      Pork barrel

    Correct Answer
    A. Impeach
    Explanation
    To accuse someone of a crime is to impeach them.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is NOT true about the House of Representatives?

    • A.

      There are 100 members in the House.

    • B.

      They do the actual impeaching (while the Senate serves as the jury)

    • C.

      They may have to choose the President if no one wins a majority in the Electoral College.

    • D.

      A Representative must be 25 years old, a 7 year citizen and a resident of the state.

    • E.

      A represenative's term is 2 years.

    Correct Answer
    A. There are 100 members in the House.
    Explanation
    The statement "There are 100 members in the House" is not true because the House of Representatives actually has 435 members. Each state is allocated a certain number of representatives based on its population.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is NOT true about the Senate?

    • A.

      Senators have a 6 year term.

    • B.

      In order to maintain stability in this chamber only 1/3 are rotated out at a time.

    • C.

      Senator's must be 30 years old, a 9 year citizen, and a resident of the State.

    • D.

      The Senate approves/gives "advice and consent" on treaties and appointments of hte President.

    • E.

      The # of Senator's a state receives is based on a state's population.

    Correct Answer
    E. The # of Senator's a state receives is based on a state's population.
    Explanation
    The statement "The # of Senator's a state receives is based on a state's population" is not true about the Senate. The Senate is composed of two senators from each state, regardless of the state's population. This is known as equal representation and is a key feature of the Senate, ensuring that each state has an equal voice in the legislative process.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is NOT a power of the president?

    • A.

      Enforce the law.

    • B.

      Be commander in chief.

    • C.

      Veto bills

    • D.

      Pardon individuals.

    • E.

      Make the laws.

    Correct Answer
    E. Make the laws.
    Explanation
    The president does not have the power to make the laws. This power is reserved for the legislative branch of government, specifically the Congress. The president's role is to enforce the laws, serve as commander in chief of the military, veto bills (although this power is limited and can be overridden by Congress), and pardon individuals.

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  • 7. 

    What article of the Constitution covers the legislative branch (Congress)?

    • A.

      I

    • B.

      II

    • C.

      III

    • D.

      IV

    • E.

      VII

    Correct Answer
    A. I
    Explanation
    Article I of the Constitution covers the legislative branch (Congress). This article outlines the powers, structure, and responsibilities of Congress, including the House of Representatives and the Senate. It establishes the bicameral nature of Congress and outlines the process for making laws. It also grants specific powers to Congress, such as the power to levy taxes, regulate commerce, and declare war. Article I is the longest and most detailed article in the Constitution, reflecting the importance of the legislative branch in the system of checks and balances.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following is NOT true about the House?

    • A.

      IL has 18 Representatives in the US House of Representatives

    • B.

      The # of Representatives a state receives is based on population.

    • C.

      There are 435 total representatives.

    • D.

      The Vice President is actually the Speaker of the House.

    • E.

      You have to be 25 years old and a 7 year citizen to be a US Rep.

    Correct Answer
    D. The Vice President is actually the Speaker of the House.
    Explanation
    The Vice President is not actually the Speaker of the House. The Speaker of the House is an elected position within the House of Representatives and is separate from the role of the Vice President. The Speaker of the House is responsible for leading the House, setting the legislative agenda, and representing the House to the President and the Senate. The Vice President, on the other hand, is the second-highest-ranking official in the executive branch of the government and presides over the Senate.

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  • 9. 

    The head of the Department of Justice is called....?

    • A.

      The Secretary of Justice.

    • B.

      Attorney General

    • C.

      Surgeon General

    • D.

      US Attorney

    Correct Answer
    B. Attorney General
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Attorney General. The head of the Department of Justice is referred to as the Attorney General. This individual is responsible for overseeing the enforcement of federal laws and representing the United States in legal matters. The Attorney General is appointed by the President and serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the federal government.

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  • 10. 

    What cabinet department handles foreign affairs?

    • A.

      Department of the Interior

    • B.

      Department of State

    • C.

      Department of Justice

    • D.

      Department of Health and Human Services

    Correct Answer
    B. Department of State
    Explanation
    The Department of State handles foreign affairs. This department is responsible for maintaining diplomatic relations with other countries, negotiating treaties, and representing the United States in international organizations. It plays a crucial role in promoting and protecting American interests abroad, as well as facilitating diplomacy and resolving conflicts. The other options listed, such as the Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, and Department of Health and Human Services, do not have primary responsibility for foreign affairs.

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  • 11. 

    Who actually chooses the President?

    • A.

      The people

    • B.

      Congress

    • C.

      The electoral college

    Correct Answer
    C. The electoral college
    Explanation
    The President is actually chosen by the electoral college. In the United States, when citizens vote for President, they are actually voting for a group of electors who are pledged to support a particular candidate. These electors, who make up the electoral college, then cast their votes for President based on the popular vote in their respective states. The candidate who receives a majority of electoral votes (270 out of 538) becomes the President. Therefore, while the people do play a role in electing the President through their votes, it is ultimately the electoral college that officially chooses the President.

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  • 12. 

    All of Article 2 is about which branch of the US Government?

    • A.

      Legislative

    • B.

      Judicial

    • C.

      Executive

    • D.

      Congress

    Correct Answer
    C. Executive
    Explanation
    Article 2 of the US Constitution is solely dedicated to the Executive branch of the US Government. It outlines the powers and responsibilities of the President, including their role as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the ability to make treaties, appoint federal officers, and enforce laws. This article establishes the President as the head of the Executive branch, distinct from the Legislative branch (Article 1) and the Judicial branch (Article 3). Therefore, the correct answer is "Executive."

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  • 13. 

    Section 1 of Article 2 establishes that the term (time that they serve) for the position of Vice President and President shall be:

    • A.

      2 years

    • B.

      4 years

    • C.

      6 years

    • D.

      8 years

    • E.

      Lifetime (as long as they get re-elected!)

    Correct Answer
    B. 4 years
    Explanation
    Section 1 of Article 2 establishes that the term for the position of Vice President and President shall be 4 years. This means that the elected President and Vice President will serve a term of 4 years before the next election takes place. This provision ensures that there is a regular and scheduled process for the election of these positions, allowing for a smooth transition of power and ensuring that the elected officials are accountable to the people.

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  • 14. 

    CHECK THE BOXES to that tell the correct answers. THERE WILL BE MORE THAN ONE! Section 1 of Article 2 creates which offices?

    • A.

      President

    • B.

      Senators

    • C.

      Representatives

    • D.

      Vice President

    • E.

      Speaker of the House

    • F.

      Leader of the Senate

    • G.

      NONE OF THESE

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. President
    D. Vice President
    Explanation
    Section 1 of Article 2 creates the offices of President and Vice President.

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  • 15. 

    The minimum age to serve as the President or Vice President is:

    • A.

      30 years old

    • B.

      25 years old

    • C.

      35 years old

    • D.

      45 years old

    Correct Answer
    C. 35 years old
    Explanation
    The minimum age to serve as the President or Vice President is 35 years old. This requirement ensures that individuals who hold these positions have gained enough life experience and maturity to make important decisions on behalf of the country. It also indicates that they have had enough time to establish a successful career and gain the necessary skills and knowledge for leadership roles. This age requirement is meant to ensure that only individuals who are well-prepared and qualified can hold such high-level positions in the government.

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  • 16. 

    Who is the Commander in Chief of all the armed forces and militia?

    • A.

      The President

    • B.

      The Vice President

    • C.

      The Speaker of the House

    • D.

      The highest general amongst all the branches of the military

    • E.

      The governor of each state is the commander for all forces out of their state and no other is above him/her (states' rights)

    Correct Answer
    A. The President
    Explanation
    The President is the Commander in Chief of all the armed forces and militia. This is stated in the United States Constitution, which grants the President the power to command and control the military. As the highest-ranking official in the executive branch, the President has the authority to make decisions regarding national defense and military operations. This role ensures civilian control over the military and allows the President to effectively protect the country and its interests.

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  • 17. 

    Which of these does the President get to do? CHECK ALL BOXES THAT ARE CORRECT--THERE WILL BE MORE THAN ONE!

    • A.

      Pardon any criminal, even those convicted of the death penalty

    • B.

      Make treaties (agreements) with other nations

    • C.

      Sentence any criminal to death whether they have had a trial or not.

    • D.

      Pick judges for many courts other than the supreme court (with Senate approval)

    • E.

      Pick the members of his/her cabinet (advisors), such as Secretary of State

    • F.

      Break any laws of the United States that he/she feels are necessary, to ensure the safety of the people.

    • G.

      Pick judges for the supreme court (with Senate approval)

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Pardon any criminal, even those convicted of the death penalty
    B. Make treaties (agreements) with other nations
    D. Pick judges for many courts other than the supreme court (with Senate approval)
    E. Pick the members of his/her cabinet (advisors), such as Secretary of State
    G. Pick judges for the supreme court (with Senate approval)
    Explanation
    The President has the power to pardon any criminal, including those convicted of the death penalty, which means they can grant clemency and release them from their punishment. The President also has the authority to make treaties with other nations, which are agreements that require Senate approval. Additionally, the President can select judges for many courts other than the Supreme Court, as well as pick members of their cabinet, such as the Secretary of State. Lastly, the President can also choose judges for the Supreme Court, but this selection also requires Senate approval.

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  • 18. 

    What is "Impeachment?"

    • A.

      The removal of any senator by the President

    • B.

      The removal of the President from his/her office

    • C.

      The name of the President's yearly speech about how the nation is doing.

    • D.

      The trial that determines whether the President is guilty of treason.

    Correct Answer
    B. The removal of the President from his/her office
    Explanation
    Impeachment is the process of removing the President from his/her office. It is a legal procedure initiated by the House of Representatives to accuse the President of committing "high crimes and misdemeanors." If the House votes in favor of impeachment, the case is then presented to the Senate for trial. If two-thirds of the Senate finds the President guilty, he/she is removed from office. Impeachment is a constitutional safeguard designed to hold the President accountable for any unlawful actions or abuses of power.

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  • 19. 

    What is a "State of the Union" address?

    • A.

      The removal of any senator by the President or its state

    • B.

      The removal of the President from his/her office

    • C.

      The name of the President's yearly speech about how the nation is doing.

    • D.

      The trial that determines whether the President is guilty of treason.

    Correct Answer
    C. The name of the President's yearly speech about how the nation is doing.
    Explanation
    A "State of the Union" address refers to the President's yearly speech where they provide an update on the current condition and progress of the nation. It is an opportunity for the President to address Congress and the American people, discussing various issues, outlining their agenda, and highlighting achievements and challenges faced by the country. This speech allows the President to communicate their vision and priorities for the upcoming year.

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  • 20. 

    Which of these are duties of the President?

    • A.

      Make suggestions about what laws to pass or things to discuss in Congress

    • B.

      Review every single trial verdict passed by the Supreme Court, ever.

    • C.

      Review all cases of sentencing to the Death Penalty in the US to determine whether or not he/she should pardon the criminal.

    • D.

      Act as head of nation, by hosting other heads of nations when they visit.

    • E.

      Make sure that the laws of the United States are carried out.

    • F.

      Give an annual speech called the "State of the Union" address

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Make suggestions about what laws to pass or things to discuss in Congress
    D. Act as head of nation, by hosting other heads of nations when they visit.
    E. Make sure that the laws of the United States are carried out.
    F. Give an annual speech called the "State of the Union" address
    Explanation
    The duties of the President include making suggestions about what laws to pass or things to discuss in Congress, acting as the head of the nation by hosting other heads of nations when they visit, making sure that the laws of the United States are carried out, and giving an annual speech called the "State of the Union" address. These responsibilities are part of the President's role in leading the country, representing it on the international stage, and ensuring the effective functioning of the government. The other options listed, such as reviewing every single trial verdict passed by the Supreme Court or all cases of sentencing to the Death Penalty, are not duties of the President.

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  • 21. 

    Which section outlines the impeachment process?

    • A.

      Article 1, Section 1

    • B.

      Article 2, Section 2

    • C.

      Article 2, Section 4

    Correct Answer
    C. Article 2, Section 4
    Explanation
    Article 2, Section 4 outlines the impeachment process. This section of the United States Constitution states that the President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States can be removed from office if they are found guilty of committing "high crimes and misdemeanors." It establishes the grounds for impeachment and the subsequent trial process.

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  • 22. 

    According to the Constitution, the President must

    • A.

      Be a man who owns property.

    • B.

      Be at least 35 years of age.

    • C.

      Have held one major public office.

    • D.

      Have lived in the U. S. for at least 20 years.

    Correct Answer
    B. Be at least 35 years of age.
    Explanation
    According to the Constitution, the President must be at least 35 years of age. This requirement ensures that the President has gained enough life experience and maturity to handle the responsibilities of the highest office in the country. Age is often considered a factor in determining one's ability to make wise decisions and handle the pressures of leadership. It is also believed that by the age of 35, individuals have had enough time to establish their careers and gain the necessary experience to effectively govern a nation.

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  • 23. 

    A President can serve no more than _____ years in office.

    • A.

      8

    • B.

      4

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      12

    Correct Answer
    C. 10
    Explanation
    A President can serve no more than 10 years in office. This is because the maximum number of years a President can serve is two terms, each term being 4 years. If a Vice President takes over for a President who has served less than 2 years, they can still serve two full terms, totaling 10 years in office.

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  • 24. 

    One of the major flaws in the electoral college system is that

    • A.

      The winner of the popular vote is not guaranteed the presidency.

    • B.

      The incumbent President is usually reelected.

    • C.

      The majority party in Congress has an advantage when the electorate votes.

    • D.

      Electors are required to vote according to the wishes of their constituency.

    Correct Answer
    A. The winner of the popular vote is not guaranteed the presidency.
    Explanation
    The major flaw in the electoral college system is that the winner of the popular vote is not guaranteed the presidency. This means that even if a candidate receives the most votes from the general public, they may still lose the election if they do not win the majority of electoral votes. This has happened in a few instances in history, leading to debates about the fairness and effectiveness of the electoral college system.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following is eligible to run for the presidency: a 45-year old banker who was born and raised in Wyoming or a 30-year-old State legislator who was born in Virginia, lived abroad for 10 years, then returned to Virginia?

    • A.

      The banker

    • B.

      The State legislator

    • C.

      Neither a nor b

    • D.

      Both a and b

    Correct Answer
    A. The banker
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the banker. According to the US Constitution, to be eligible for the presidency, a person must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years old, and have been a resident of the country for at least 14 years. Since the banker was born and raised in Wyoming, they meet the natural-born citizen requirement, and as a 45-year-old, they exceed the minimum age requirement. The State legislator, on the other hand, was born in Virginia but lived abroad for 10 years, which may not meet the residency requirement. Therefore, the banker is the only eligible candidate.

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  • 26. 

    The President's military powers

    • A.

      Are strictly limited to times of war.

    • B.

      Are shared with Congress.

    • C.

      Only apply to the use of the United States Army and its weapons.

    • D.

      May never be used to keep the domestic peace.

    Correct Answer
    B. Are shared with Congress.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are shared with Congress." This means that the President's military powers are not solely in their control, but instead, they must work in conjunction with Congress. This is in line with the system of checks and balances in the United States government, where the President is responsible for making military decisions, but Congress has the power to declare war, fund the military, and regulate its activities. This ensures that decisions regarding the use of military force are made collectively and not solely by the President.

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  • 27. 

    The president is expected to be responsible for all of the following except

    • A.

      Presiding over the Senate in case of a tie vote

    • B.

      Administering the federal bureacracy

    • C.

      Expressing the nation's sentiments during a time of crisis

    • D.

      Presenting the Stae of the union address each year

    Correct Answer
    A. Presiding over the Senate in case of a tie vote
    Explanation
    The president is responsible for presiding over the Senate in case of a tie vote. This means that if there is a tie in the Senate, the president has the authority to cast the deciding vote. However, the president is not responsible for administering the federal bureaucracy, expressing the nation's sentiments during a time of crisis, or presenting the State of the Union address each year.

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  • 28. 

    It would be accurate to say that presidents

    • A.

      May appoint members of the white house staff without congressional approval

    • B.

      May appoint cabinet secretaries without congressional approval

    • C.

      May appoint justices of the supreme court without congressional approval

    • D.

      Remove members of the supreme court but only with the approval of congress

    Correct Answer
    A. May appoint members of the white house staff without congressional approval
    Explanation
    The president has the power to appoint members of the White House staff without congressional approval. This is because the White House staff is considered part of the executive branch, and the president has the authority to choose individuals to serve in these positions. Unlike cabinet secretaries and justices of the Supreme Court, who require confirmation by the Senate, the president can directly appoint members of the White House staff without needing congressional approval.

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  • 29. 

    "at the end of the day" the president's powers in world affairs are primarily dependant on

    • A.

      A compliant Congress

    • B.

      Command of a capable military

    • C.

      His status in the united nations

    • D.

      NATO

    Correct Answer
    B. Command of a capable military
    Explanation
    The president's powers in world affairs are primarily dependent on their command of a capable military. This means that the president's ability to exert influence and make decisions on the global stage is heavily reliant on the strength and effectiveness of the military forces under their control. Without a capable military, the president's ability to project power and protect national interests would be severely limited.

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  • 30. 

    The constitution stipulates that the vice president is to 

    • A.

      Prepare himself for the presidency

    • B.

      Represent the government at funerals of dignitaries

    • C.

      Preside over the senate

    • D.

      Preside over the cabinet in the absence of the president

    Correct Answer
    C. Preside over the senate
    Explanation
    The constitution mandates that the vice president presides over the senate. This means that the vice president is responsible for overseeing and maintaining order during senate sessions, ensuring that proper procedures are followed, and casting a vote in the event of a tie. This role allows the vice president to have a significant influence in the legislative process and ensures a smooth functioning of the senate.

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