Creation Of The American Government

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Creation Of The American Government

This quiz aligns with AKS 35: 35a - analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the Georgia constitution of 1777 and the Articles of Confederation, 35b - assess how weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation led to a need to revise the Articles, 35c - describe the role of Georgia at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 including the role of Abraham Baldwin and William Few, 35d - describe the reasons why Georgia ratified the new constitution


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What was the main weakness of the Georgia Constitution of 1777?
    • A. 

      It created an independent executive branch

    • B. 

      It established two parts in the legislative branch

    • C. 

      It gave too much power to the legislative branch

    • D. 

      It placed too much importance on checks and balances

  • 2. 
    Under Georgia's Constitution of 1777, governors were selected by
    • A. 

      The legislature

    • B. 

      The citizens' vote

    • C. 

      The chairman of each parish

    • D. 

      The executive council of Georgia

  • 3. 
    What is true about the following statements:
    • Georgians feared the governor would become a dictator
    • In the past, the governor showed too much loyalty to the King
    • Georgians believed the legislature, which was closer to the people, should have more power
    • A. 

      The Executive Branch had very limited powers

    • B. 

      The Governor was well liked

    • C. 

      The Legislative Branch had very limited powers

    • D. 

      There was no judicial branch in Georgia

  • 4. 
    The first written plan for the government of the United States was called the
    • A. 

      American Constitution

    • B. 

      Colonial Confederation

    • C. 

      Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      Constitution of the United States

  • 5. 
    Under the Articles of Confederation, there was no
    • A. 

      Governor

    • B. 

      Law-making body

    • C. 

      Equality among the states

    • D. 

      Legislature or court system

  • 6. 
    The initial purpose in calling the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to
    • A. 

      Establish a national court system

    • B. 

      Regulate trade between the states

    • C. 

      Declare independence from Great Britain

    • D. 

      Revise the Articles of Confederation

  • 7. 
    The U.S. Constitution was actually signed by only two of Georgia's four delegates. The two signers were William Few and
    • A. 

      George Walton

    • B. 

      Button Gwinnett

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      Abraham Baldwin

  • 8. 
    How many states ratified the Constitution before Georgia?
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      5

  • 9. 
    What was Georgia's view on slavery during the Constitutional Convention?
    • A. 

      The Georgia delegates thought the slaves should not count as people

    • B. 

      The Georgia delegates wanted slavery banned

    • C. 

      The Georgia delegates did not care if slavery was banned or allowed

    • D. 

      The Georgia delegates wanted slaves to count towards it's population

  • 10. 
    Who was elected first president under the US Constitution?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C. 

      John Adams

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 11. 
    What definition BEST describes Separation of Powers?
    • A. 

      The Legislative branch is most powerful

    • B. 

      The Judical and Executive Branches have the same power

    • C. 

      All branches have equal and separate powers

    • D. 

      The Executive Branch shares powers with the Leguslative Branch

  • 12. 
    What is put in place to ensure separation of powers?
    • A. 

      The Judicial Branch

    • B. 

      Federalism

    • C. 

      Confederation

    • D. 

      Checks and Balances

  • 13. 
    In a confederation form of government, who has most of the power?
    • A. 

      Federal Government

    • B. 

      State Government

    • C. 

      They share power equally

    • D. 

      County governments

  • 14. 
    What was the effect of Shay's Rebellion, where a few farmers attacked court houses in Massachusetts to protest their high taxes?
    • A. 

      Massachusetts was placed under direct rule

    • B. 

      The strengths of the Articles prevented the attack from getting worse

    • C. 

      The federal government was too weak and could not help

    • D. 

      Daniel Shay became president

  • 15. 
    "Representation in Congress should be equal" Who said it?
    • A. 

      Large state delegate

    • B. 

      Small state delegate

    • C. 

      Northern state delegate

    • D. 

      Southern state delegate

  • 16. 
    Why did Georgia want a strong central government at the Constitutional Convention?
    • A. 

      They had a weak state government

    • B. 

      They needed help protecting themselves from the Native Americans

    • C. 

      They were used to it with the King of England

    • D. 

      They did not want the slaves to count in their population

  • 17. 
    How were laws passed under the Constitution?
    • A. 

      9 votes were needed

    • B. 

      2/3 of both houses

    • C. 

      7 votes were needed

    • D. 

      50% plus one vote in both houses plus the signature of the President

  • 18. 
    Under which document were taxes not required?
    • A. 

      Articles of Confederation

    • B. 

      U.S. Constitution

    • C. 

      Bill of Rights

    • D. 

      Declaration of Independence

  • 19. 
    Which branch of government passes laws
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Judicial

  • 20. 
    Which branch of government makes sure that laws are constitutional?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Judicial

    • D. 

      Answer option 4