Herrin Government A

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  • 1. 
    Which term refers to the concept that even government leaders must follow the same laws as regular citizens?
    • A. 

      Citizen participation

    • B. 

      Political tolerance

    • C. 

      Rule of law

    • D. 

      Transparency

  • 2. 
    Why was sovereignty important to our founding fathers?
    • A. 

      They were trying to declare independence from a monarchy

    • B. 

      They were intent on preventing any branch of government from gaining too much control

    • C. 

      They wanted all free men to have the right to vote

    • D. 

      They believed that slavery should be illegal

  • 3. 
    Which of the following statements identifies a reason why the Articles of Confederation failed?
    • A. 

      The executive branch held too much power

    • B. 

      The judicial branch was inefficient

    • C. 

      The government had no authority to collect taxes

    • D. 

      Large states dominated the law-making process

  • 4. 
    What was the original purpose of the Philadelphia Convention?   
    • A. 

      To write a new Constitution

    • B. 

      To elect a new President

    • C. 

      To revise the Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      To compose a Bill of Rights

  • 5. 
    Which man is known as “The Father of the Constitution”?  
    • A. 

      John Locke

    • B. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      George Washington

  • 6. 
    Why did the Federalists oppose a Bill of Rights?  
    • A. 

      They were concerned that a Bill of Rights may inadvertently leave out a vital right

    • B. 

      They were concerned that a Bill of Rights would decrease the power of state governments

    • C. 

      They were concerned that a Bill of Rights would give promote a monarchy

    • D. 

      They were concerned that a Bill of Rights would inhibit the judicial branch

  • 7. 
    How does the debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana address the issue of federalism?   
    • A. 

      It has been declared legal by the federal government, but illegal in many states

    • B. 

      The federal government has not taken a stand on the issue, but several states have

    • C. 

      It is considered illegal by the federal government, but it is legal in some states

    • D. 

      None of the state governments have yet addressed the issue, however, local governments have

  • 8. 
    How does the Full Faith and Credit Clause apply to the issue of same-sex marriage? 
    • A. 

      Same-sex marriage is an exception to the Full Faith and Credit Clause

    • B. 

      Same-sex marriage has been outlawed by the federal government, but is considered legal in most states

    • C. 

      The federal government has declared that same-sex marriage must be recognized, even in states that do not allow it to be performed

    • D. 

      The federal government has declared that it is legal, but it is regulated by individual states

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      James Madison

  • 10. 
    Which case established the precedent of Judicial Review?
    • A. 

      Marbury v. Madison

    • B. 

      McCulloch v. Maryland

    • C. 

      New Jersey v. TLO

    • D. 

      US v. Nixon

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Abortion

    • B. 

      Free speech

    • C. 

      Freedom of religion

    • D. 

      Search and seizure

  • 14. 
    What is the purpose of the Establishment Clause? a.       b.      c.      
    • A. 

      To allow for free speech in cases regarding religious institutions

    • B. 

      To prevent the government from promoting a state religion

    • C. 

      To allow individuals to worship in any way they choose

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Blanket

    • B. 

      Caucus

    • C. 

      Closed

    • D. 

      Open

  • 16. 
    Which Amendment was the focus of the case of Tinker v. DesMoines?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 17. 
    Which statement accurately describes the Senate?
    • A. 

      It has 50 members

    • B. 

      It is a continuous body

    • C. 

      The presiding officer is known as the Speaker of the House

    • D. 

      Members must be at least 35 years old

  • 18. 
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      435

    • D. 

      538

  • 19. 
    Which of the following statements is a criticism of the Electoral College?  
    • A. 

      Only Senators are allowed to vote in it

    • B. 

      It is possible to win the popular vote without winning the actual election

    • C. 

      It makes counting the votes tedious and difficult

    • D. 

      Because electors are bound by law, they do not have any personal discretion in voting

  • 20. 
    • A. 

      Joe Biden

    • B. 

      Hillary Clinton

    • C. 

      Richard Lugar

    • D. 

      Nancy Peolosi

  • 21. 
    Which Congressional District of Indiana is Evansville located in?
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      6

    • C. 

      8

    • D. 

      10

  • 22. 
    Which of the following is an example of a check which the Executive Branch has on the Judicial Branch?
    • A. 

      The President may declare laws unconstitutional

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court may override a presidential veto with a 2/3 vote

    • C. 

      the judicial branch may impeach the President

    • D. 

      The President appoints the members of the Supreme Court

  • 23. 
    Which is the only office for which you must be a natural-born citizen?
    • A. 

      Congressman

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      Senator

    • D. 

      Supreme Court Justice

  • 24. 
    • A. 

      Autocracy

    • B. 

      Sovereign

    • C. 

      Suffrage

    • D. 

      Validity

  • 25. 
    • A. 

      7

    • B. 

      9

    • C. 

      11

    • D. 

      13