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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. What is one check on the Congress held by the Supreme Court?
(a) May call special sessions of Congress.
(b) May veto bills of Congress.
(c) May declare laws Congress passes and President signs, unconstitutional.
(d) May veto bills of Congress.

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

3. The Constitution would also call for what to ensure the branches would have equal power?
(a) A system of equal balances.
(b) A system of checks and balances.
(c) A system of balanced measures.
(d) A system of weights and balances.

4. What is known as congressional immunity protects all members from being arrested while attending a session of their house, or while going to or from it, except for what?
(a) Treason, felony, or breach of the peace.
(b) Treason, violent felony, or breach of promise.
(c) Treason, violent felony, or breach of peace.
(d) Murder, arson, or armed robbery.

5. What is the Constitution a contract between?
(a) Federal government, state governments.
(b) United States government, England.
(c) Federal government, local governments.
(d) American people, federal government.

6. The President has the power to appoint ambassadors with the approval of what group?
(a) Senate.
(b) Congress.
(c) House of Representatives.
(d) Supreme Court.

7. Section 10 of Article I covers power that are denied to whom?
(a) Cities.
(b) Unincorporated territory.
(c) States.
(d) Counties.

8. Drafting the Constitution was a difficult task, and there had to be how many main compromises in order to arrive at a final decision?
(a) 2.
(b) 3.
(c) 4.
(d) 5.

9. Cullop states that the Constitution is meaningless unless who enforces it?
(a) The President.
(b) The people it represents.
(c) The legislative branch.
(d) The Supreme Court.

10. Some say the government of the U.S. is one in which the people are responsible for self-governing, or what Cullop calls what?
(a) Independence.
(b) Republic.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Confederation.

11. The Congress separated into the House of Representatives and the Senate is the result of a dispute termed what?
(a) "The Great Compromise".
(b) "The Great Dispute".
(c) "The Great Conflict".
(d) "The Great Debate".

12. What is one check on the Supreme Court held by the Congress?
(a) Congress may refuse to give consent to a Supreme Court appointment.
(b) May override Supreme Court decisions by 51% vote of both houses.
(c) Senate may refuse to give consent to a Supreme Court appointment.
(d) Congress may withhold consent to treaties approved by Supreme Court.

13. The new Constitution required that which federal branch of government would be responsible for making laws?
(a) Executive.
(b) Judicial.
(c) Legislative.
(d) Attorney General.

14. How did people eventually refer to this initial document?
(a) Articles of Confederation.
(b) Pledge of Allegiance.
(c) ACPU.
(d) Constitution.

15. Article V addresses amending the Constitution in which two steps?
(a) Offered, endorsed.
(b) Proposed, ratified.
(c) Proposed, accepted.
(d) Ratified, signed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Each house of Congress keeps a journal of what it does day to day, and each morning Congress is in session these are published where?

2. What is one check on the Supreme Court held by the President?

3. Who was the 16th President of the United States?

4. How many changes have there been since the Constitution was ratified?

5. What is one check on the Congress held by the President?

(see the answer keys)

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