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

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

3. 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) United.
(d) Federation.

4. What is one check on the Supreme Court held by the President?
(a) May impeach Supreme Court justices.
(b) Appoints Supreme Court justices for 10-year terms.
(c) Appoints Supreme Court justices.
(d) Appoints Supreme Court justices with approval of Congress.

5. When Cullop states the U.S. has a "government of the people, by the people, for the people," whom is he quoting?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

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

7. The federal government is based on the concept that it should benefit the majority, which means what?
(a) There invariably will be people in the majority who are unhappy.
(b) There invariably will be people in the minority who are indifferent.
(c) There invariably will be people in the minority who are happy.
(d) There invariably will be people in the minority who are unhappy.

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

9. 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) 3.
(b) 4.
(c) 5.
(d) 2.

10. What form of government is defined as representative?
(a) Egalitarian.
(b) Totalitarian.
(c) Republican.
(d) Parliamentary.

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

12. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Cullop asserts which term for American government is correct?

2. A land region belonging to a government is the definition of what?

3. The new Constitution required that which federal branch of government would be responsible for making laws?

4. Article II addresses the executive branch and includes how many sections?

5. Which section of Article IV deals with admission of new states?

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