Missouri Government Review Quiz

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Government Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz is composed of released items from DESE for practice in preparation for the end-of-course exam in Government.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    1.  Which of these is the main function of the legislative branch?
    • A. 

      to make laws

    • B. 

      To enforce laws

    • C. 

      To define laws

    • D. 

      To interpret laws

  • 2. 
    State PopulationsTexas:  23,507,783Florida:  18,089,880Michigan:  10,095,643Missouri:  5,842, 713According to the chart, which state has the largest delegation in the United States House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      Missouri

    • B. 

      Florida

    • C. 

      Michigan

    • D. 

      Texas

  • 3. 
    Which best explains why groups may hold meetings to discuss unpopular ideas in the United States?
    • A. 

      State laws allow their actions.

    • B. 

      Executive orders protect their actions.

    • C. 

      Constitutional rights protect their actions.

    • D. 

      Minicipal ordinances permit their actions.

  • 4. 
    4.  2000 Presidential ElectionPercentage of Eligible Voters Who Cast a Ballot18-24 Years Old        29%All Voters                 55%Which of these can best be concluded from the information above?
    • A. 

      Many Americans did not know their political rights.

    • B. 

      Many college students volunteered in their communities.

    • C. 

      Many young people neglected their civic responsibilities.

    • D. 

      Many American citizens actively participated in civic life.

  • 5. 
    Mason thinks he has a great idea for a law.  What is the best action for Mason to take to get the law passed?
    • A. 

      Post his opinions on a website

    • B. 

      Talk with his best friend about his idea

    • C. 

      Write a letter to the editor of the local paper

    • D. 

      Contact his representative in Congress about his idea

  • 6. 
    Which example best demonstrates a change in government involvement in the economy?
    • A. 

      Involvement in the United Nations

    • B. 

      Creation of the Social Security Administration

    • C. 

      Deployment of military troops to Iraq

    • D. 

      Implementation of the Voting Rights Act

  • 7. 
    Which is the result of having a political system dominated by two political parties?
    • A. 

      It is easier to obtain a majority of votes.

    • B. 

      There is less confusion in the primaries.

    • C. 

      There are fewer legal challenges to elections.

    • D. 

      It increases voter turnout.

  • 8. 
    The Articles of Confederation represented the
    • A. 

      Rejection of weaknesses in the Bill of Rights

    • B. 

      First attempt at self-government in the United States

    • C. 

      Acceptance of British rule in the colonies

    • D. 

      Early effort to improve United States ties to other nations

  • 9. 
    Which issue is exclusively the responsibility of federal law?
    • A. 

      Driver's licenses

    • B. 

      Gun control

    • C. 

      Teaching certifications

    • D. 

      Counterfeit money

  • 10. 
    Congress is prohibited from establishing an official religion by the
    • A. 

      First Amendment

    • B. 

      Second Amendment

    • C. 

      Fourth Amendment

    • D. 

      Fifth Amendment

  • 11. 
    Which person is a member of the legislative branch?
    • A. 

      President

    • B. 

      Speaker of the House

    • C. 

      Secretary of education

    • D. 

      Ambassador to the United Nations

  • 12. 
    Which feature of ancient Rome made it a republic?
    • A. 

      Absence of a king or emperor

    • B. 

      Rule by elected representatives

    • C. 

      Right to speak in civic gatherings

    • D. 

      Equality for all adult male citizens

  • 13. 
    The expansion of suffrage in the United States best illustrates society's changing views of
    • A. 

      Civil rights

    • B. 

      Limited government

    • C. 

      Popular sovereignty

    • D. 

      Due process of law

  • 14. 
    Mexico has a governmental system in which the power is divided between the national government and each state.Based on the above information, what type of government system does Mexico have?
    • A. 

      Capitalism

    • B. 

      Communism

    • C. 

      Federalism

    • D. 

      Totalitarianism

  • 15. 
    Which part of the Connecticut (or Great) Compromise benfits states with smaller populations?
    • A. 

      Each state has two representatives in the Senate.

    • B. 

      The Senate ratifies all treaties with foreign nations.

    • C. 

      All bills for spending money must originate in the House of Representatives.

    • D. 

      A state's population determines how many members it has in the House of Representatives.

  • 16. 
    -1980: Candy Lightner establishes Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to advocate for strong drunk driving laws-1988: Minimum drinking age set at twenty-one in all fifty states-1992: Alcohol-related driving deaths drop 26 percent since 1984The best title for the list above is
    • A. 

      The Critical Need for Federal Speed Limit Reform

    • B. 

      The Growing Problem of Drunk Driving in the United States

    • C. 

      Why Alcohol Advertising Needs to be Banned

    • D. 

      How an Individual Citizen Helped Improve Community Safety

  • 17. 
    Enlightenment-era political philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Montesquieu
    • A. 

      Rejected governmental policies that allowed the expansion of property rights

    • B. 

      Adhered to traditional social customs in the creation of governmental offices

    • C. 

      Emphasized governmental structures based on reason and social progress

    • D. 

      Pursued strict obedience to religious scripture in governmental affairs

  • 18. 
    Which statement best describes a function of interest groups?
    • A. 

      They nominate candidates to run for elected office.

    • B. 

      They attempt to override presidential actions by protesting.

    • C. 

      They advocate for citizens who have similar ideas about issues.

    • D. 

      The organize public education forums to raise money for a cause.

  • 19. 
    Which of these circumstances illustrates a danger of majority rule?
    • A. 

      A law is ruled unconstitutional by a judge.

    • B. 

      A law is used to oppress a group of people.

    • C. 

      A petition is signed by many people.

    • D. 

      A prisoner is wrongly let out of prison.

  • 20. 
    Mr. Leonard was not required to testify at his own trial for armed robbery.This is known as
    • A. 

      Right to legal counsel

    • B. 

      Right against false testimony

    • C. 

      Right to legal privacy

    • D. 

      Right against self-incrimination

  • 21. 
    • A. 

      States

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      Businesses

    • D. 

      Supreme Court

  • 22. 
    Some people believe that the Supreme Court has too much power because justices
    • A. 

      Accumulate great sums of campaign contributions

    • B. 

      Can ignore the outcome of confirmation hearings

    • C. 

      Issue decisions in cases brought to them

    • D. 

      Serve until they die or choose to retire

  • 23. 
    Which headline best illustrates an example of checks and balances?
    • A. 

      "President to Seek Second Term"

    • B. 

      "House Passes Tax Legislation"

    • C. 

      "Senate Confiirms New Chief Justice"

    • D. 

      "Supreme Court Rejects Case"

  • 24. 
    "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."                                                            --President Abraham Lincoln, 1863Which is the best conclusion about Presidnet Lincoln's quotation?
    • A. 

      He believed all men are created equal.

    • B. 

      He intended to be reelected.

    • C. 

      He supported a republic.

    • D. 

      He was against slavery.

  • 25. 
    The most important role of the Electoral College is to
    • A. 

      Nonimate candidates to local offices and Congress

    • B. 

      Vote for the president and vice president

    • C. 

      Settle national elections in case of a tie

    • D. 

      Educate voters prior to an election