Unit 1 Forms & Foundations Of American Government

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Unit 1 Forms & Foundations Of American Government

50 multiple choice and true/false questions (1 point each)


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A system for maintaining order and security in a society is known as a _____________
    • A. 

      Monarchy

    • B. 

      Government

    • C. 

      Culture

  • 2. 
    When the control in a government is in a hereditary position, such as a king or queen, this is known as a _______________
    • A. 

      Democracy

    • B. 

      Monarchy

    • C. 

      Oligarchy

  • 3. 
    When a government has total control over every aspect its citizens lives, it is known as a_____________ government.
    • A. 

      Totalitarian

    • B. 

      Dictatorship

    • C. 

      Anarchy

  • 4. 
    When no formal government system exists, the country is considered to be an _________________.
    • A. 

      Oligarchy

    • B. 

      Anarchy

    • C. 

      Dictatorship

  • 5. 
    When the control of government is achieved and maintained through force, this is known as a ______________________
    • A. 

      Oligarchy

    • B. 

      Monarchy

    • C. 

      Dictatorship

  • 6. 
    A ___________________ exists when people are the source of authority in a government.
    • A. 

      Democracy

    • B. 

      Oligarchy

    • C. 

      Dictatorship

  • 7. 
    When the people directly vote on issues confronting their society, their form of government is a ________________________________
    • A. 

      Representative Democracy

    • B. 

      Direct Democracy

    • C. 

      Indirect Monarchy

  • 8. 
    When the people elect representatives to vote on the issues confronting their society, their form of government is a _________________________
    • A. 

      Direct Democracy

    • B. 

      Direct Monarchy

    • C. 

      Representative Democracy

  • 9. 
    When a government is controlled by a few select individuals or a small group of people, this is known as an _________________________
    • A. 

      Anarchy

    • B. 

      Monarchy

    • C. 

      Oligarchy

  • 10. 
    When there is a division of powers between national and state governments, this is a _________________________ form of government.
    • A. 

      Federal

    • B. 

      Unitary

    • C. 

      Confederate

  • 11. 
    When all key powers are concentrated with the national or central government, this is a  ___________________________ form of government.
    • A. 

      Democratic

    • B. 

      Unitary

    • C. 

      Confederate

  • 12. 
    When all key powers lie with each individual state governments, this is a ______________ form of government.
    • A. 

      Federal

    • B. 

      Democratic

    • C. 

      Confederate

  • 13. 
    Under the Articles of Confederation, the United States could best be described as a Confederate form of government.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Under the Constitution, the United States could best be described as a ______________ form of government.
    • A. 

      Totalitarian

    • B. 

      Federal

    • C. 

      Confederate

  • 15. 
    The Ancient Greeks contributed the idea of a ___________________ to the world.
    • A. 

      Direct Democracy

    • B. 

      Social Contract

    • C. 

      Representative Democracy

  • 16. 
    The Ancient Romans contributed the idea of a __________________ to the world.
    • A. 

      Direct Democracy

    • B. 

      Social Contract

    • C. 

      Representative Democracy

  • 17. 
    The Magna Carta was the first document to set limits on a monarch’s power. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    The Magna Carta established the “rule of law,” but these laws did not apply to the monarchy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    The English “Right of Petition” was the first document to prohibit “arbitrary arrests,” but it did allow the king to “quarter” his army in private homes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    The English Bill of Rights gave British subjects the right to petition the king, to bear arms, and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    Thomas Hobbes was the political theorist who first introduced the idea that government was the result of a social contract between people and their rulers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Thomas Hobbes believed that people living under a social contract did not need an absolute ruler to enforce the laws of their social contract.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    John Locke also believed in a social contract theory, which he based on the theory of natural rights that included the right to life, liberty, and the ownership of property. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    John Locke believed that people needed an absolute monarch to ensure their natural rights.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Montesquieu was the first to introduce the concept of “separation of powers.”
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False