American Revoultion & US Constitution Era Assessment

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United States Constitution Quizzes & Trivia

Answer the following questions using all of the information that you know


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to the Declaration of Independence, where does government get its power?
    • A. 

      Its Constitution

    • B. 

      Its military

    • C. 

      Its elected officials

    • D. 

      The consent of the governed (the people)

  • 2. 
    What fundamental political idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Government should guarantee its citizens economic security.

    • B. 

      The central government and states should share power.

    • C. 

      A government that denies its people certain basic rights can be overthrown.

    • D. 

      Rulers derive their right from God and are bound to govern in the nation’s best interest.

  • 3. 
    Who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      James Madison

  • 4. 
    The government created by the Articles of Confederation lasted only a few years because it:
    • A. 

      Had no plan to organize the Northwest Territory

    • B. 

      Lacked the ability to enforce its authority

    • C. 

      Circulated no paper money

    • D. 

      Compelled the states to abide by its treaties

  • 5. 
    Who has the power to impeach or bring charges against the president?
    • A. 

      The vice president

    • B. 

      The House of Representatives

    • C. 

      The Senate

    • D. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 6. 
    Separation of powers refers to what?
    • A. 

      Separation of church and state

    • B. 

      Separation of military and civilian authority

    • C. 

      Separation of campaign donations from an elected official’s votes

    • D. 

      Separation of the functions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches

  • 7. 
    The Constitution says the role of Congress is to:
    • A. 

      Make laws

    • B. 

      Enforce laws

    • C. 

      Interpret laws

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is NOT a requirement to become president?
    • A. 

      Be a natural born citizen of the United States

    • B. 

      Be at least 35 years old

    • C. 

      Vote in at least two previous presidential elections

    • D. 

      Have resided in the country for at least 14 years

  • 9. 
    The system of “checks and balances” does what?
    • A. 

      Maintains proper fiscal discipline by controlling spending

    • B. 

      Keeps any branch from becoming too powerful

    • C. 

      Requires government jobs be open to all qualified citizens

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 10. 
    How many Supreme Court justices are called for in the Constitution?
    • A. 

      At least five

    • B. 

      No more than 11

    • C. 

      Nine

    • D. 

      The Constitution doesn’t specify.

  • 11. 
    The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called what?
    • A. 

      The preamble

    • B. 

      The Establishment Clauses

    • C. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • D. 

      The Articles of Confederation

  • 12. 
    Which amendment guarantees the right to criticize the U.S. government?
    • A. 

      First

    • B. 

      Second

    • C. 

      Fourth

    • D. 

      Fifth

  • 13. 
    What does it mean when accused criminals “plead the fifth”?
    • A. 

      They want their right to an attorney.

    • B. 

      They refuse to testify against themselves.

    • C. 

      They agree to testify against someone else if they get immunity.

    • D. 

      They believe they're wrongly accused.

  • 14. 
    Until the 25th Amendment passed, what happened if a vice president died in office?
    • A. 

      The president appointed a replacement.

    • B. 

      A special election was held for vice president.

    • C. 

      The speaker of the House became vice president.

    • D. 

      There was no vice president until the next presidential election.

  • 15. 
    Who was considered the "Father of the Constitution" because he wrote much of it?
    • A. 

      William Hamilton

    • B. 

      James Madison

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      Samuel Adams

  • 16. 
    What important document begins (after another line which would give this completely away!!)...."When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness....."
    • A. 

      The Bible

    • B. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      The U.S. Constitution

    • D. 

      The Preamble

  • 17. 
    Which document is considered the 'supreme law of the United States'?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Preamble

    • C. 

      Bible

    • D. 

      Constitution

  • 18. 
    The Halifax Resolves....
    • A. 

      Were the first state constitution independent of the English

    • B. 

      Represented the first official call for independence from England

    • C. 

      Urged all colonies to join the war effort

    • D. 

      Created a new government in each of the colonies

  • 19. 
    The US Constitution set a federal system of government. What does this mean?
    • A. 

      The states have all of the power and make all the laws

    • B. 

      The national government has all of the power and makes all of the laws

    • C. 

      The power is divided between the state and national government

    • D. 

      The President makes all the laws for the US

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