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Floyd G. Cullop
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Section 1 of Article I outlines that Congress is comprised of how many bodies of delegates from each state?
(a) 2.
(b) 4.
(c) 1.
(d) 3.

2. Attending the convention in Philadelphia for revision of the Articles of Confederation were delegates from all but which state?
(a) New Jersey.
(b) Connecticut.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Rhode Island.

3. Today the Constitution is separated into how many parts?
(a) 3.
(b) 26.
(c) 10.
(d) 2.

4. What type of democracy is that in which the people handle government matters on their own behalf?
(a) United.
(b) Federation.
(c) Direct.
(d) Indirect.

5. The government under the Articles of Confederation would be supervised by an assembly of people called a Congress, restricted in what fashion?
(a) Could not impose laws, or introduce taxes.
(b) Could not impose laws, or raise an army.
(c) Could not raise an army, or introduce taxes.
(d) Could not impose laws, raise an army, or introduce taxes.

6. Cullop states the government in the U.S. is referred to by many different names, but by which two most frequently?
(a) American government, federal government.
(b) United States government, national government.
(c) Federal government, national government.
(d) United States government, federal government.

7. What is one check on the Congress held by the President?
(a) May withhold information from Congress.
(b) May adjourn Congress at will.
(c) May appoint Supreme Court justices for 10-year terms.
(d) May veto bills of Congress with Supreme Court majority approval.

8. Under the Articles of Confederation, there would be what?
(a) A central power, but no executive or judiciary.
(b) A central power, executive, and judiciary.
(c) No central power, executive, or judiciary.
(d) A central power and executive, but no judiciary.

9. The Articles of Confederation was not the best plan for a number of reasons and fell by the wayside when?
(a) 1785.
(b) 1789.
(c) 1787.
(d) 1783.

10. What is one check on the President held by the Congress?
(a) May override the President's veto by 51% vote in both houses.
(b) May propose Constitutional amendments affecting office of President.
(c) May bring suits or issue orders against public officers.
(d) May refuse to give its consent to approve a Presidential election.

11. What type of democracy is one in which the people elect officials in order to represent them in all aspects of government?
(a) Direct.
(b) Indirect.
(c) Federation.
(d) United.

12. The U.S. government is currently located where?
(a) Washington, the District of Columbia.
(b) Boston, Massachusetts.
(c) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(d) New York, New York.

13. Together the group in Philadelphia constructed the Constitution requiring a federal government comprised of which three branches?
(a) Democratic, Republican, and Whig.
(b) President, Senate, and House of Representatives.
(c) Democratic, Republican, and Independent.
(d) Executive, legislative, and judicial.

14. The first major document of the U.S. government was the Declaration of Independence which was signed in what year?
(a) 1778.
(b) 1776.
(c) 1777.
(d) 1775.

15. What is a court-martial?
(a) Military trial held under military law.
(b) Trial of civilian federal officials held under federal law.
(c) Trial of elected federal officials held under federal law.
(d) Trial of elected federal officials held in the Supreme Court.

Short Answer Questions

1. Drafting the Constitution was a difficult task, and there had to be how many main compromises in order to arrive at a final decision?

2. In what year were the Articles of Confederation finally ratified?

3. How did people eventually refer to this initial document?

4. What length of term do members of the Senate serve?

5. What is the Constitution a contract between?

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