Trivia Quiz On Amending The Constitution!

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Trivia Quiz On Amending The Constitution!

Welcome to the quiz that tests just how much you know when it comes to amending the constitution legally. As a law student, you need to know about some of the amendments in the parts and the process through which they were achieved. Take up this quiz to see if might need to do some more research on the topic.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which political institution can most easily bring about informal change to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      The Senate

    • B. 

      The House

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court

    • D. 

      State governors

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is an example of cultural altering the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Adding an amendment to provide for an income tac

    • B. 

      Federal courts interpreting the Constitution to prohibit many forms of discrimination

    • C. 

      A law providing for a national role in environmental policy

    • D. 

      Creating a Federal Communications Commission to monitor the airwaves

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is a hypothetical example of the amendment process as laid out in Article V of the Constitution? 
    • A. 

      The president and the Supreme Court work together to create an amendment on war powers

    • B. 

      The Senate and House pass a resolution condemning government wiretapping, which becomes an amendment after it is signed by the president

    • C. 

      State legislature, both houses of Congress, and a majority of voters approve a national health care system in a nationwide referendum

    • D. 

      A proposed amendment to balance federal budgets is accepted by 2/3 vote in both houses of Congress and the by legislatures in 3/4 of the states

  • 4. 
    To raise money to pay for the French and Indian War and the expenses of administering the colonies, what did Parliament enact?
    • A. 

      The Sugar act

    • B. 

      An export tax

    • C. 

      The Slave Act

    • D. 

      The Stamp Act

  • 5. 
    What would it take to get an equal rights amendment added to the U.S. Constitution?
  • 6. 
    What was the purpose of the First Continental Congress?
    • A. 

      To iron out the difference between the colonists and the king

    • B. 

      To express solidarity with the people of Boston

    • C. 

      To declare independence from Great Britain

    • D. 

      To express support for the Coercive Acts

  • 7. 
    What did the Declaration of Independence do?
    • A. 

      It set out the reasons for separation of the colonies from Great Britain

    • B. 

      It established a government for the newly independent colonies

    • C. 

      It declared war with Great Britain

    • D. 

      It created a union between the newly independent states

  • 8. 
    Which of the following did the Articles of Confederation contain?
    • A. 

      A legislative branch

    • B. 

      A simple majority requirement for enacting laws

    • C. 

      State governments that are subservient to the national government

    • D. 

      A judicial branch

  • 9. 
    What was the greatest weakness of the Articles of Confederation?
    • A. 

      Its failure to provide for a strong central government

    • B. 

      The national government's unchecked power to tax

    • C. 

      The ease with which it could be amended

    • D. 

      The inability to out an end to the Revolutionary War

  • 10. 
    Which of these events provided a dramatic example of the weakness inherent in the Articles of Confederation?
    • A. 

      Shay's Rebellion

    • B. 

      Battles at Lexington and Concord

    • C. 

      French and Indian War

    • D. 

      Philadelphia Convention

  • 11. 
    Why do some consider the supremacy clause to be the linchpin of the entire federal system?
    • A. 

      The supremacy clause is what gives the national government enforceable power over the states

    • B. 

      The supremacy clause prevents the national government from expanding its powers beyond those enumerated in the Constitution

    • C. 

      The supremacy clause ensures that the federal government does not infringe on the powers of the states

    • D. 

      The supremacy clause gives the president the authority to interpret laws so as to maintain the supremacy of the federal system

  • 12. 
    By which method can an amendment to the Constitution be ratified?
    • A. 

      A vote in specially called conventions in 3/4 of the states

    • B. 

      Popular vote

    • C. 

      A vote of 2/3 of the members in both houses of Congress

    • D. 

      Approval of a majority of the Supreme Court

  • 13. 
    An amendment to the Constitution can be proposed by _______.
    • A. 

      A vote of 2/3 of the members of both houses of Congress

    • B. 

      Citizens, through the initiative process

    • C. 

      Special conventions in 3/4 of the states

    • D. 

      The president of the United States

  • 14. 
    The fact that an adoption that takes place in Nevada is also recognized in Florida is an example of _______.
    • A. 

      The full faith and credit clause

    • B. 

      Checks and balances

    • C. 

      The supremacy clause

    • D. 

      Federalism

  • 15. 
    When the Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation as the country's first system of government, it did not create an executive branch to administer national laws because at that time the Framers feared that _________.
    • A. 

      A president could become a tyrant

    • B. 

      The office of the president would be too expensive

    • C. 

      The president would pursue an agenda different from the pursued by Congress

    • D. 

      The bureaucracy for such a branch would be unmanageable

  • 16. 
    Which of the following best summarizes the Southern position in the debate that resulted in the Three-Fifths Compromise?
    • A. 

      Slaves could not vote, but the South wanted them included in the population count

    • B. 

      The South preferred that saves not be counted for purposes of representation because slaves were considered to be property

    • C. 

      The South preferred that only 3/5 of all slaves should be allowed to vote in elections for the House of Representatives

    • D. 

      The South preferred that slaves not count as people for purposes of representation in the House and that the vote of each slave only count as 3/5 of a vote

  • 17. 
    How did the Framers design the Constitution so that it could adapt over time?
    • A. 

      The language in the Constitution was left intentionally vague so that it could remain flexible

    • B. 

      The legislative branch is permitted to disregard outdated amendments

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court was given the power to change the text of the Constitution in order to protect individual liberty

    • D. 

      The president was given extensive emergency powers to help the United States successfully navigate through times of crisis

  • 18. 
    Why did the anti-Federalists push for the inclusion of a bill of rights in the Constitution?
    • A. 

      They felt that the Constitution lacked sufficient protections against the possibility that the new government could abuse power

    • B. 

      They felt that an explicit guarantee of basic rights would allow the new government to operate more efficiently

    • C. 

      They felt that an explicit guarantee of basic rights was essential to attract new settlers to the republic

    • D. 

      They felt that the new government would be unable to provide for the general welfare without the inclusion of a bill of rights

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is an example of how the legislative branch checks the executive branch?
    • A. 

      The presidential impeachment process

    • B. 

      The ability to rule federal laws unconstitutional

    • C. 

      The power to appoint federal judges

    • D. 

      The ability to veto legislation

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is an informal process for amending the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Changes in judicial interpretation of the Constitution

    • B. 

      Laws passed by state legislatures

    • C. 

      Calling a national constitutional convention

    • D. 

      Repeal of previous amendments to the Constitution

  • 21. 
    Which of the following phrases best describes the Articles of Confederation?
    • A. 

      A loose league of friendship between independent states

    • B. 

      A unitary system of states

    • C. 

      A federation of dependent colonies

    • D. 

      A union of intertwined states

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