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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. Who was the 16th President of the United States?
(a) John Adams.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) James Madison.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

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

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

4. What is one check on the President held by the Supreme Court?
(a) Controls all spending of money in U.S. government.
(b) May override President's veto by 2/3 vote.
(c) May refuse to give its consent to approve a Presidential election.
(d) May bring suits or issue court orders against public officers.

5. Cullop asserts which term for American government is correct?
(a) Independent republic.
(b) Democratic confederation.
(c) Democratic republic.
(d) Republican democracy.

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

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

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

9. In what year were the Articles of Confederation finally ratified?
(a) 1781.
(b) 1787.
(c) 1777.
(d) 1785.

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

11. Whom was the final draft of the Constitution written by?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) John Jay.
(c) Gouverneur Morris.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

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

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

14. On what date did the Constitution go into effect?
(a) July 4, 1789.
(b) March 4, 1789.
(c) March 4, 1788.
(d) July 4, 1788.

15. Article I addresses the legislative branch of government and includes how many sections?
(a) 12.
(b) 10.
(c) 11.
(d) 13.

Short Answer Questions

1. Section 1 of Article I outlines that Congress is comprised of how many bodies of delegates from each state?

2. Together the group in Philadelphia constructed the Constitution requiring a federal government comprised of which three branches?

3. What type of government does the U.S. have?

4. The U.S. government is currently located where?

5. If force is necessary to see that a U.S. law is carried out, the Congress has the power to add what to the U.S. military forces?

(see the answer keys)

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