FSOT : Trivia Questions On U.S. Government! Quiz

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FSOT : Trivia Questions On U.S. Government! Quiz

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  • 1. 
    What are the 5 reasons listed in the Preamble of the Constitution for the formation of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.

    • B. 

      Establish justice, promote democracy, provide for the welfare of the people, insure the rights of the people, and promote religious liberty.

    • C. 

      Establish freedom of religion, provide freedom of the press, allow the people to peaceably assemble, petition the Government for a redress of grievances, ensure lasting liberty.

    • D. 

      Establish that all men are created equal; provide for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; secure these rights; establish Government as consent from the governed, throw off the Tyranny of the King of Britain.

  • 2. 
    What are the qualifications to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      At least 25-years-old, a natural-born citizen of the United States, living in the state he or she is elected from

    • B. 

      At least 25-years-old, a citizen of the United States for 7 years, living in the state he or she is elected from

    • C. 

      At least 27-years-old, a natural born citizen of the United States, living in the congressional district he or she is elected from

    • D. 

      At least 27-years-old, a citizen of the United States for 10 years, living in the congressional district he or she is elected from

  • 3. 
    What are the qualifications to be elected to the U.S. Senate?
    • A. 

      At least 30-years-old, a citizen of the United States for 9 years, no felony convictions, and currently residing in the state he or she is elected from

    • B. 

      At least 30-years-old, a natural-born citizen of the United States, no felony convictions, and currently residing in the state he or she is elected from

    • C. 

      At least 30-years-old, a citizen of the United States for 9 years, and currently resides in the state he or she was elected from

    • D. 

      At least 30-years-old, a natural-born citizen of the United States, and currently residing in the state he or she was elected from

  • 4. 
    Which of the following term lengths is mismatched with its office?
    • A. 

      2 years - House of Representatives

    • B. 

      4 years - U.S. Senate

    • C. 

      4 years - U.S. Presidency

    • D. 

      6 years - U.S. Senate

  • 5. 
    Who is President of the Senate?
    • A. 

      The president pro tempore

    • B. 

      The Senate Majority Leader

    • C. 

      The Vice President of the United States

    • D. 

      The House Majority Leader

  • 6. 
    Prior to the Seventeenth Amendment, how were U.S. Senators elected?
    • A. 

      Elected by popular vote

    • B. 

      Appointed by State governors

    • C. 

      Elected by State legislatures

    • D. 

      Appointed by the President

  • 7. 
    U.S. Representatives in the House of Representatives are currently apportioned according to which formula?
    • A. 

      One Representative per 30,000 citizens

    • B. 

      One Representative per 30,000 citizens, with slaves counting at 3/5 a person

    • C. 

      The population of the U.S. at the last census, divided by 50

    • D. 

      The population of the U.S. at the last census, divided by 435

  • 8. 
    How are vacancies in the U.S. House of Representatives filled?
    • A. 

      By special election

    • B. 

      By gubernatorial appointment

    • C. 

      By presidential appointment

    • D. 

      By the runner-up in the previous election

  • 9. 
    How are vacancies in the U.S. Senate filled?
    • A. 

      By special election

    • B. 

      By gubernatorial appointment

    • C. 

      By presidential appointment

    • D. 

      By the runner-up of the previous election

  • 10. 
    Congress must meet at least ______ time(s) per year.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      There is no minimum requirement

  • 11. 
    During a session of Congress, neither house may adjourn for more than _____ without consent of the other.
    • A. 

      1 day

    • B. 

      3 days

    • C. 

      7 days

    • D. 

      14 days

  • 12. 
    All bills for raising revenue must originate where?
    • A. 

      In the House of Representatives

    • B. 

      In the Senate

    • C. 

      In the White House

    • D. 

      In a joint session of Congress

  • 13. 
    Presidential vetoes can be overcome by:
    • A. 

      Nothing. A Presidential veto is binding.

    • B. 

      A 2/3 majority in both houses in Congress.

    • C. 

      A popular state referendum where more than 2/3 of the states pass the bill.

    • D. 

      A popular election where more than 2/3 of Americans pass the bill.

  • 14. 
    The President has ________ day(s) (excluding Sundays) to veto a bill.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      7

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      30

  • 15. 
    True or False: The President of the United States has line-item veto power.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Defense appropriations made by Congress are only valid for how long?
    • A. 

      1 year

    • B. 

      2 years

    • C. 

      3 years

    • D. 

      5 years

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is NOT a power granted to Congress under the Constitution?
    • A. 

      To borrow money on the credit of the United States

    • B. 

      To negotiate treaties with foreign nations

    • C. 

      To negotiate commerce with foreign nations

    • D. 

      Establish immigration and naturalization laws

    • E. 

      To coin money

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is NOT a power granted to Congress under the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Provide punishment for counterfeiting

    • B. 

      Establish post offices

    • C. 

      Grant patents

    • D. 

      Create federal courts under the Supreme Court

    • E. 

      Tax state exports

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is NOT a power granted to Congress under the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Power to declare war

    • B. 

      Power to raise an army

    • C. 

      Power to institute an army draft

    • D. 

      Power to veto military action proposed by the President

    • E. 

      Power to govern and discipline the militia

  • 20. 
    The precursor to the current Constitution was known by what name?
    • A. 

      Articles of Confederation

    • B. 

      The States' Compact

    • C. 

      The Magna Carta

    • D. 

      The Great Charter

  • 21. 
    The U.S. Constitution was ratified in what year?
    • A. 

      1774

    • B. 

      1776

    • C. 

      1787

    • D. 

      1796

  • 22. 
    The "Great Compromise" refers to what?
    • A. 

      An agreement allowing slave holding states to join the Union.

    • B. 

      An agreement providing for population-based representation in the House and equal representation in the Senate.

    • C. 

      An agreement allowing blacks, but not women, to vote.

    • D. 

      An agreement allowing Indian tribes to remain sovereign entities on Federal land.

  • 23. 
    Under the original Constitution, only one branch of government was designed to be directly elected by the people.  What branch was this?
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Senate

    • C. 

      The Presidency

    • D. 

      Federal Judges

  • 24. 
    In years between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution being ratified, the United States was governed by which body?
    • A. 

      A unicameral Congress

    • B. 

      The Presidency, under George Washington

    • C. 

      A bicameral Congress

    • D. 

      There was no federal government during these years.

  • 25. 
    Under the original Constitution, who could vote in Federal elections?
    • A. 

      White, land-owning men.

    • B. 

      All white men, regardless of land ownership.

    • C. 

      All men, regardless of race or land ownership.

    • D. 

      Each state set its own standards.