Va/US Government Semester Final Exam

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      5

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Elephant

    • B. 

      Eagle

    • C. 

      Turkey

    • D. 

      Donkey

  • 3. 
    How many justices sit on the U.S. Supreme Court? 
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      7

    • D. 

      9

  • 4. 
    In what year was the U.S. Constitution written?
    • A. 

      1607

    • B. 

      1776

    • C. 

      1787

    • D. 

      1865

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      James Madison

    • B. 

      Patrick Henry

    • C. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • D. 

      Pubilus

  • 6. 
    Of the following, which power belongs to the Federal government? 
    • A. 

      Provide schooling

    • B. 

      Print money

    • C. 

      Issue driver's license

    • D. 

      Approve land zoning permits

  • 7. 
    How many constitutional amendments were created to regulate and protect voting rights?  
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 8. 
    CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENT: this called for a strong central government and a bicameral legislature: 
    • A. 

      Virginia Plan

    • B. 

      New Jersey Plan

    • C. 

      Mississippi Plan

    • D. 

      Albany Plan

  • 9. 
    The _____________ was the first document that limited government and empowered the people...
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Mayflower Compact

    • C. 

      Magna Carta

    • D. 

      U.S. Constitution

  • 10. 
    This court case established judicial review...
    • A. 

      Brown v. Board of Education

    • B. 

      Roe v.Wade

    • C. 

      Rosie Parks v. United States

    • D. 

      Marbury v. Madison

  • 11. 
    Civil Rights activist who led the march on Selma, Alabama?
    • A. 

      Jesse Jackson

    • B. 

      Martin Luther King Jr

    • C. 

      Barack Obama

    • D. 

      Louis Farakhan

  • 12. 
    This amendment guaranteed suffrage to people regardless of color, race or previous condition of servitude...
    • A. 

      13th

    • B. 

      14th

    • C. 

      15th

    • D. 

      19th

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Gun ownership

    • B. 

      Jury duty

    • C. 

      Military service

    • D. 

      Pay poll tax

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      18

    • B. 

      21

    • C. 

      35

    • D. 

      40

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      To declare war

    • B. 

      To define states laws

    • C. 

      To establish treaties

    • D. 

      To protect rights of citizens

    • E. 

      None of the above

    • F. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    Of the following, which is NOT required to amend the constitution?
    • A. 

      Be passed by two-thirds of House and Senate

    • B. 

      Be authorized by the President

    • C. 

      Be ratified by three-fourths of states

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 17. 
    All impeachment trials are tried by the ____________________?
    • A. 

      Cabinet

    • B. 

      House of Representatives

    • C. 

      Senate

    • D. 

      Supreme Court

  • 18. 
    The existing holder of a political office [senate, house of representatives, president etc...] is called?
    • A. 

      Majority leader candidate

    • B. 

      Precedent candidate

    • C. 

      Interest group candidate

    • D. 

      Incumbent candidate

  • 19. 
    Powers that are NOT enumerated or prohibited by the constitution, but are instead left for the states are called?
    • A. 

      Inherent powers

    • B. 

      Reserved powers

    • C. 

      Implied powers

    • D. 

      Delegated powers

  • 20. 
    The ACT the prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities is the?
    • A. 

      Patriot Act

    • B. 

      Hatch Act of 1939

    • C. 

      Federal Elections Campaign Act

    • D. 

      Ethics in Government Act of 1978

  • 21. 
    Congressional review (supervision) of federal agencies, programs and activities is known as?
    • A. 

      Recission

    • B. 

      Logrolling

    • C. 

      Gerrymandering

    • D. 

      Oversight

  • 22. 
    A system of government where powers are constitutionally divided between national government and state governments is called?
    • A. 

      Limited government

    • B. 

      Direct democracy

    • C. 

      Federalism

    • D. 

      Representative democracy

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      A President usually vetoes one-third of all bills passed by Congress

    • B. 

      A President can threaten to veto a bill to try and influence Congress against passing a law, because the President knows Congress does not have enough votes to override a veto

    • C. 

      A President can only veto a bill if at least 50 percent of the citizens approve of the veto process

    • D. 

      A President vetoes bills if they are passed in Congress by the opposing political party

  • 24. 
    Which federal agency determines monetary policy for the United States? 
    • A. 

      Federal Reserve Board

    • B. 

      Department of Treasury

    • C. 

      Office of Management and Budget

    • D. 

      International Monetary Fund

  • 25. 
    • A. 

      Labor unions may require members to make political contributions

    • B. 

      Labor unions may ignore a court order to have workers to return to their jobs

    • C. 

      Labor unions can lead employees in a strike

    • D. 

      Labor unions can prevent public access to a work (business) job site

  • 26. 
    If no presidential candidate receives the mandated 270 electoral votes, then the presidency is determined by? 
    • A. 

      Supreme Court

    • B. 

      House of Representatives

    • C. 

      Senate

    • D. 

      Cabinet members

  • 27. 
    • A. 

      Roe v.Wade

    • B. 

      Gideon v. Wainwright

    • C. 

      Baker v. Carr

    • D. 

      Korematsu v. United States

  • 28. 
    The exchange of political favors by legislatures, such as trading votes is known as logrolling?  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
    The obstructive tactic used by a senator to disrupt discussion or a vote on a bill is called?
    • A. 

      Caucusing

    • B. 

      Quorum call

    • C. 

      Gerrymandering

    • D. 

      Filibuster

  • 30. 
    The person who presides over the Senate when the Vice-President is absent is known as the Majority Leader?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 31. 
    The practice of redrawing congressional district lines to favor a political party is called?
    • A. 

      Gerrymandering

    • B. 

      Reapportionment

    • C. 

      Redistricting

    • D. 

      Affirmative action

  • 32. 
    The senate procedure that requires 60 votes to stop a filibuster is called?
    • A. 

      Recission

    • B. 

      Reconciliation

    • C. 

      Cloture

    • D. 

      Override

  • 33. 
    The total number of amendments to the U. S. Constitution is?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      27

    • C. 

      31

    • D. 

      42

  • 34. 
    Article II of the constitution is about__________________ branch of government?
    • A. 

      Judicial

    • B. 

      Congressional

    • C. 

      Executive

    • D. 

      Legislative

  • 35. 
    Patrick Henry is best associated with which of the quotes? 
    • A. 

      One if by land, two if by sea

    • B. 

      Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

    • C. 

      Give me liberty or give me death

    • D. 

      Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead

  • 36. 
    • A. 

      Thomas Hobbes

    • B. 

      John Locke

    • C. 

      Baron Montesquieu

    • D. 

      Benjamin Farnklin

  • 37. 
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      538

    • C. 

      325

    • D. 

      270

  • 38. 
    The idea of self-government is evident by which of three words found in the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Justice for all

    • B. 

      We the people

    • C. 

      Liberty for all

    • D. 

      We the citizens

  • 39. 
    For how many years does a U.S. Senator serve after being elected? 
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      6

    • D. 

      8

  • 40. 
    • A. 

      Black market

    • B. 

      Socialist, communist

    • C. 

      Command

    • D. 

      Capitalist, free market

  • 41. 
    • A. 

      Land mass

    • B. 

      Population

    • C. 

      Supreme Court

    • D. 

      Congress

  • 42. 
    The District of Columbia (Washington DC) representative is the only non-voting member of congress?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 43. 
    Which of the following Acts passed by King George Washington caused the colonists to revolt, resulting in the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      The Stamp Act

    • B. 

      The Quartering Act

    • C. 

      The Sugar Act

    • D. 

      The Massachusetts Government Act

    • E. 

      None of the above

    • F. 

      All of the above