Quiz On Constitutional Democracy

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following was true under the Articles of Confederation?
    • A. 

      The Congress did not have the power to tax or to regulate interstate commerce.

    • B. 

      The President served as commander in chief.

    • C. 

      Sovereignty was vested in the national government.

    • D. 

      The Congress consisted of one chamber in which states were represented according to population.

  • 2. 
    Which of the following was not a goal of the Framers of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      To create a national government that was stronger than the one that existed under the Articles of Confederation

    • B. 

      To protect the liberties of the people from the proposed government

    • C. 

      To establish democracy as the basis for the new government to the maximum extent possible

    • D. 

      To preserve the sovereignty of the states

  • 3. 
    Through grants of power in the Constitution, the Framers sought to
    • A. 

      Define the powers of state government.

    • B. 

      Create a government in which power was vested in the national government only.

    • C. 

      Both empower the national government and limit its powers.

    • D. 

      Enumerate the rights of the people.

  • 4. 
    The term checks and balances refers to
    • A. 

      A form of government in which power is divided between a national government and states.

    • B. 

      A constitutional system in which power is divided among three branches of government.

    • C. 

      A form of government in which the people govern through elected representatives.

    • D. 

      A constitutional system in which branches of government are interlocked such that no one branch can act without the support or agreement of another.

  • 5. 
    The Framers created a system of checks and balances in the Constitution in order to
    • A. 

      Establish a pure democracy.

    • B. 

      Establish a form of democracy known as a republic.

    • C. 

      Protect the liberties of the people.

    • D. 

      Preserve the sovereignty of the states.

  • 6. 
    The Great Compromise at the Constitutional Convention refers to an agreement that
    • A. 

      Permitted states to count three-fifths of slaves for purposes of apportionment.

    • B. 

      Created a Congress of two chambers where state representation would be according to population in one and equal among the states in the other.

    • C. 

      Established that the President would be elected by an electoral college.

    • D. 

      Prohibited Congress from abolishing the slave trade prior to 1808.

  • 7. 
    The Constitutional Convention was concluded on
    • A. 

      July 4, 1787

    • B. 

      September 17, 1787

    • C. 

      July 4, 1791

    • D. 

      September 17, 1791

  • 8. 
    Under the political theory that underlies the Constitution, the Bill of Rights grants Americans rights they would not otherwise possess.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The significance of the Supreme Court’s holding in Marbury v. Madison (1803) was that
    • A. 

      The Supreme Court has the power to order the President to correct a legal wrong he has committed

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court has the power to declare an act of Congress unconstitutional

    • C. 

      Congress has the power modify the Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction

    • D. 

      The President, as the head of a co-equal branch of government, does not have to obey an order from the Supreme Court

  • 10. 
    Slavery was abolished by the _____ Amendment to the Constitution.
    • A. 

      13th

    • B. 

      14th

    • C. 

      15th

    • D. 

      16th