Week 2- U.S. Constitution

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United States Constitution Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    Congress has all of the following powers EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The right to set salaries for its members

    • B. 

      The right to remove members of Congress

    • C. 

      The right to create huge national debt

    • D. 

      The power to serve temporarily as members of the Electoral College

    • E. 

      The right not to pay the military

  • 2. 
    The Senate became a more democratic institution because
    • A. 

      A. Filibuster and cloture rules were clarified

    • B. 

      B. More nonwealthy citizens were being elected

    • C. 

      C. More states were added to the union, thus more senators

    • D. 

      D. The seniority system was weakened

    • E. 

      E. Elections were taken from states and given to the public

  • 3. 
     Every ten years, the House must
    • A. 

      A. Select a new speaker

    • B. 

      B. Reorganize the committees

    • C. 

      C. Set the national budget priorities

    • D. 

      D. Redistribute the numbers of representatives the states have

    • E. 

      E. Redistribute the power of subcommittee and committee chairpersons

  • 4. 
    One power the president holds without congressional check is
    • A. 

      A. Selecting the leaders of the executive branch

    • B. 

      B. Creating the federal budget

    • C. 

      C. Guiding the year’s agenda through the State of the Union message

    • D. 

      D. The ability to request that certain committees hear his priorities

    • E. 

      E. The ability to forgive the crimes of some citizens

  • 5. 
    Which of the following powers is NOT given to the president by the U.S. Constitution
    • A. 

      The president has the power to grant pardons for federal crimes

    • B. 

      The president can create new Cabinet

    • C. 

      The president has the power to veto bills sent to him by Congress

    • D. 

      The president commissions officers in the various branches of the military

    • E. 

      D. The president has the power to appoint ambassadors with the advice and consent of the United States Senate

  • 6. 
    1.  Which of the following concepts are mentioned in the Preamble to the Constitution
    I.   Establish justice II.  Provide for the common defense III. Secure the blessings of education IV. Promote the general welfare
    • A. 

      I, II, III, and IV

    • B. 

      III only

    • C. 

      I and II only

    • D. 

      I, II, III only

    • E. 

      I, II and IV

  • 7. 
    The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution establishes which of the following?
    • A. 

      A. It repealed the policy of prohibition established earlier

    • B. 

      B. It limited U.S. presidents to two terms

    • C. 

      C. It established a system for presidential succession and presidential disability

    • D. 

      D. It lowered the voting age in the United States to 18 years of age

    • E. 

      E. It changed the method by which Congress can raise its salaries

  • 8. 
    1.  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This text is from which Amendment?
    • A. 

      A. 5th Amendment

    • B. 

      B. 4th Amendment

    • C. 

      C. 10th Amendment

    • D. 

      D. 2nd Amendment

    • E. 

      E. 6th Amendment

  • 9. 
    1. Which of the following BEST describes the concept of “reserved powers” of the states?
    • A. 

      A. These are powers given to the states through the implied powers concept

    • B. 

      B. These are powers not specifically granted to the national government or denied to states

    • C. 

      C. These are powers given only to Congress and are not available to the executive branch

    • D. 

      D. These are powers given only to the Supreme Court

    • E. 

      E. These are powers such as foreign trade agreements over which states maintain only a small amount of control

  • 10. 
    1. Which of the following has the responsibility for creating additional federal courts and assigning the number of judges who will preside in them?
    • A. 

      A. The secretary of the treasury

    • B. 

      B. The attorney general

    • C. 

      C. The secretary of the Department of Justice

    • D. 

      D. The president

    • E. 

      E. The Congress

  • 11. 
    Which of the following was viewed by the framers of the Constitution as the center of policy making in the U.S.?
    • A. 

      A. President’s Cabinet

    • B. 

      B. Secretary of State

    • C. 

      C. President

    • D. 

      D. Congress

    • E. 

      E. Supreme Court

  • 12. 
    When the Articles of Confederation were adopted, the nation's major concern was dominated by
    • A. 

      Slavery

    • B. 

      Religious freedom

    • C. 

      Equality for Women

    • D. 

      Political dominance by the central government

    • E. 

      Economic issues

  • 13. 
    Which of the following documents represents the first adopted Constitution for the United States
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Bill of Rights

    • C. 

      Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      Virginia Plan

    • E. 

      Connecticut Plan

  • 14. 
    Which of the following statements describe the Articles of Confederation? I. Domination of the government by the states II. A national congress with one house and no executive III. No national court system IV. No ability of the central government to enforce the collection of taxes
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      I and II only

    • C. 

      I, II, and III only

    • D. 

      I and IV only

    • E. 

      I, II, III, and IV

  • 15. 
    Which of the following plans created a compromise that led to the formation of a bicameral legislation
    • A. 

      The Great Compromise

    • B. 

      New Jersey Plan

    • C. 

      Virginia Plan

    • D. 

      Three-Fifth Compromise

    • E. 

      The federalist and anti federalist compromise

  • 16. 
    The constitution's writers carefully drafted a document that would create
    • A. 

      Strong states and a weak central government

    • B. 

      Weakened power in the state and national government

    • C. 

      The ability to adapt to changing times

    • D. 

      A dominant national government with no active participation from the states

    • E. 

      An equal distribution of power between the states and national government

  • 17. 
    Which of the following governmental bodies is most directly responsible to the electorate
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Senate

    • C. 

      The executive branch

    • D. 

      The Supreme Court

    • E. 

      The bureaucracy

  • 18. 
    The implied power clause in the Constitution has been described as the ability of Congress to take which of the following actions
    • A. 

      Pass an assault weapons ban

    • B. 

      Withdraw funds allocated to troops in Haiti

    • C. 

      Pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

    • D. 

      Raise the price of stamps to 34 cents

    • E. 

      Pass a law setting quotas for immigration

  • 19. 
    All of the following are evidence of the original dominance of Congress EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Presidential veto powers

    • B. 

      The length and detail of Article I

    • C. 

      Checks on presidential appointments

    • D. 

      The legislative branch is the first Article of the Consitution

    • E. 

      All are examples of Congressional dominance

  • 20. 
    Which power was NOT included in the U.S. Constitution
    • A. 

      The vice president's position in two federal branches

    • B. 

      The president is the commander in chief

    • C. 

      Congress's power to filibuster bills to death

    • D. 

      Congress's power to suspend writs of habeas corpus

    • E. 

      Congress's ability to tax

  • 21. 
    Each of the following was true of the founders’ goals for the legislature EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A. The public could directly select only some members

    • B. 

      B. The legislature should have controls placed on its powers

    • C. 

      C. The legislature should defer to the executive in foreign matters

    • D. 

      D. The legislature could set its own salary level

    • E. 

      E. The legislature should be the clear leader of the national government

  • 22. 
    The founders wanted to limit the legislative powers over citizens by
    • A. 

      A. Denying them the power to remover certain rights in peace times

    • B. 

      B. Having only the House create tax legislation

    • C. 

      C. Having the Supreme Court decide the constitutional status of laws

    • D. 

      D. Giving the executive power to increase or decrease taxes

    • E. 

      E. Giving the executive the power to create independent agencies

  • 23. 
    Today the Constitution calls for these officials to be directly elected by registered voters
    • A. 

      A. Justices of the Supreme Court

    • B. 

      B. President and vice president

    • C. 

      C. Cabinet secretaries in the Presidential Cabinet

    • D. 

      D. House and Senate Members

    • E. 

      E. Members of the electoral college

  • 24. 
    John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government advocates
    • A. 

      Social contract

    • B. 

      Rights for the minority

    • C. 

      Natural rights

    • D. 

      Democratic rule

    • E. 

      Life, liberty and property

  • 25. 
    All of the following are considered enumerated or expressed powers of the Congress except
    • A. 

      Coining U.S. currency after the Constitution was ratified

    • B. 

      Establishing inferior courts in addition to the Supreme Court

    • C. 

      Setting up the first National Bank of the United States

    • D. 

      Establishing uniform immigration laws

    • E. 

      Regulating commerce among the several states