Quiz 7.A Articles Of Confederation

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Quiz 7.A Articles Of Confederation - Quiz

This quiz is on Virginia SOL 7. A for US History I thru 1877


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of these did not happend BEFORE the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783?

    • A.

      Second Cont. Congress signs the Dec. of Independence

    • B.

      Second Cont. Congress decided to right the Articles of Confederation

    • C.

      Articles of Confederation ratified (signed into action)

    • D.

      Constitution ratified (signed into action)

    Correct Answer
    D. Constitution ratified (signed into action)
    Explanation
    The Constitution was ratified and signed into action after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The Treaty of Paris marked the end of the American Revolutionary War and the recognition of American independence by Great Britain. The Second Continental Congress signing the Declaration of Independence and deciding to write the Articles of Confederation both occurred before the Treaty of Paris. The Articles of Confederation were also ratified and signed into action before the Treaty of Paris. Therefore, the only option that did not happen before the signing of the Treaty of Paris is the ratification and signing of the Constitution.

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  • 2. 

    Articles of Confederation were written by this group.

    • A.

      British Parliament

    • B.

      Sepratists

    • C.

      Second Continental Congress

    • D.

      Constitutional Convention

    Correct Answer
    C. Second Continental Congress
    Explanation
    The Second Continental Congress is the correct answer because they were the ones responsible for drafting and adopting the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation served as the first constitution of the United States, outlining the powers and structure of the national government. The Second Continental Congress, which took place during the American Revolution, played a crucial role in the formation of the new nation and its early governance.

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  • 3. 

    What was the goal in writing the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      To provide money to the 13 states

    • B.

      To provide unity and stability to the 13 states

    • C.

      To keep Rhode Island

    • D.

      To keep Britian off America's back

    Correct Answer
    B. To provide unity and stability to the 13 states
    Explanation
    The goal in writing the Articles of Confederation was to provide unity and stability to the 13 states. The Articles aimed to establish a central government that could coordinate and govern the states, ensuring that they worked together as a unified entity. It aimed to create a framework for cooperation and decision-making among the states, promoting stability and preventing conflicts between them.

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  • 4. 

    What is a constitution?

    • A.

      Plan of government

    • B.

      Laws

    • C.

      Rules of a country

    • D.

      A and C

    Correct Answer
    D. A and C
    Explanation
    A constitution is a plan of government that outlines the structure and powers of a country's government. It also establishes the fundamental laws and principles that govern the country. Therefore, the correct answer is A and C, as a constitution serves as both the plan of government and the rules of a country.

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  • 5. 

    The Articles of Confederation was the first constitutional agreement between the states. Why did the Second Continental Congress not want a strong central government?

    • A.

      So states could control trade

    • B.

      So states could control the army

    • C.

      Because of recent experience with the British king

    • D.

      No one wish to be President

    Correct Answer
    C. Because of recent experience with the British king
    Explanation
    The Second Continental Congress did not want a strong central government because of their recent experience with the British king. This suggests that they were wary of giving too much power to a central authority, as they had just fought a war to gain independence from a tyrannical monarchy. They likely wanted to ensure that the states had more control and autonomy in order to prevent the concentration of power in the hands of a single ruler.

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  • 6. 

    The Articles of Confedeation establish a very weak central or national government. The 13 states would best be described as

    • A.

      A monarchy

    • B.

      A "firm league of friendship"

    • C.

      A Congress

    • D.

      A group of colonies

    Correct Answer
    B. A "firm league of friendship"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a 'firm league of friendship'". This is because the Articles of Confederation, which were the first constitution of the United States, created a decentralized system of government where power was primarily held by the individual states. The central government had limited authority and relied on the cooperation and voluntary participation of the states, hence the term "firm league of friendship" to describe the relationship between the states. This phrase emphasizes the loose and cooperative nature of the government structure established by the Articles of Confederation.

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  • 7. 

    One of the major weakness of the Articles was there was no _________ and _________ branches of government only a legislative one.

    • A.

      Judicial, executive

    • B.

      Executive, military

    • C.

      Treasury, judicial

    • D.

      State, local

    Correct Answer
    A. Judicial, executive
    Explanation
    The major weakness of the Articles of Confederation was the absence of separate judicial and executive branches of government, as there was only a legislative branch. This meant that there was no system of checks and balances in place, resulting in a lack of accountability and potential abuse of power. Without a separate judicial branch, there was no independent body to interpret laws and ensure their constitutionality. Similarly, without a separate executive branch, there was no central authority to enforce laws and carry out the day-to-day operations of the government. This centralized power in the legislative branch weakened the effectiveness and stability of the government under the Articles.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following was not a power of the central or national government under the Articles of Confederation

    • A.

      Conduct foreign affairs

    • B.

      Coin money

    • C.

      Maintain an army and navy

    • D.

      Regulate interstate commerce or business

    Correct Answer
    D. Regulate interstate commerce or business
    Explanation
    The power to regulate interstate commerce or business was not granted to the central or national government under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation, which were the first constitution of the United States, established a weak central government and gave most powers to the individual states. The central government had limited authority and was unable to regulate trade or business activities between the states. This lack of power to regulate interstate commerce was one of the major weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and eventually led to the adoption of the Constitution in 1787.

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  • 9. 

    The central or national government had no power to _________. Making it impossible to pay off war debts or create national progams.

    • A.

      Fight

    • B.

      Legislate

    • C.

      Tax

    • D.

      Negotiate

    Correct Answer
    C. Tax
    Explanation
    The central or national government had no power to tax. This meant that they were unable to generate revenue to pay off war debts or create national programs. Without the ability to tax, the government would have been severely limited in its financial capabilities and would have struggled to meet its financial obligations.

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  • 10. 

    Since the central or national government could not regulate interstate commerce or business, states began to put _________ on the goods of other states in order to keep their own trade strong.

    • A.

      Taxes

    • B.

      Tariffs

    • C.

      Currency

    • D.

      Laws

    Correct Answer
    B. Tariffs
    Explanation
    States began to put tariffs on the goods of other states in order to keep their own trade strong. Tariffs are taxes or duties imposed on imported or exported goods. By imposing tariffs on goods from other states, states were able to protect their own industries and businesses from competition, thereby promoting their own trade and economic growth.

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  • 11. 

    Another weakness with the Articles of Confederation was in the area of ____________. This was because both states and the central or national government could print or coin money.

    • A.

      Money

    • B.

      Dollars

    • C.

      Currency

    • D.

      Gold

    Correct Answer
    C. Currency
    Explanation
    The weakness with the Articles of Confederation in the area of currency was due to the fact that both states and the central or national government had the authority to print or coin money. This lack of a unified currency system led to confusion and inconsistency in trade and commerce between states. It also made it difficult for the central government to effectively manage the economy and regulate monetary policy.

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  • 12. 

    What happens when the amount of currency circulating through an economy increases.

    • A.

      Its becomes more valuable

    • B.

      It loses value

    Correct Answer
    B. It loses value
    Explanation
    When the amount of currency circulating through an economy increases, it loses value. This is because an increase in the supply of money leads to inflation, causing the purchasing power of each unit of currency to decrease. As more money becomes available, people have more to spend, which drives up demand and prices. Consequently, the value of the currency decreases as it becomes less scarce and more abundant in the economy.

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