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

2. What is the length of a term for a member of the House of Representatives?
(a) 3 years.
(b) 4 years.
(c) 1 year.
(d) 2 years.

3. Some say the American government is one in which elected officials act on behalf of the people, or what Cullop says is the definition of what?
(a) Independence.
(b) Confederation.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Republic.

4. How many changes have there been since the Constitution was ratified?
(a) 18.
(b) 10.
(c) 16.
(d) 26.

5. Giving a limited amount of power to the central government and allowing each state to keep the majority of laws and powers was what?
(a) The basis of a socialist document.
(b) The basis of the revised document.
(c) The basis of the initial document.
(d) The basis for a centralized government.

6. The main body of the Constitution is separated into how many blocks, known as Articles?
(a) 7.
(b) 8.
(c) 5.
(d) 6.

7. How old is the U.S. Constitution in comparison with others?
(a) Oldest written constitution in use in the western hemisphere.
(b) Oldest written constitution in use in the northern hemisphere.
(c) 3rd oldest written constitution in use anywhere in the world.
(d) Oldest written constitution in use anywhere in the world.

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

9. The Constitution was ratified by what date?
(a) March 2, 1789.
(b) July 4, 1788.
(c) July 4, 1789.
(d) July 2, 1788.

10. 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.

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

12. If a person's preferred candidate is not elected, there will be another election in which that candidate has what option?
(a) Request a vote ballot recount be taken.
(b) Try again, but only for a different position.
(c) Try only once more for election by a majority vote.
(d) Try again for election by a majority vote.

13. The author stipulates that how many different kinds of democracy exist?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 4.
(d) 3.

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

15. The President is afforded the ability to set up a Cabinet of advisers including how many members?
(a) 12.
(b) 13.
(c) 15.
(d) 18.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one check on the Supreme Court held by the Congress?

2. The first major document of the U.S. government was the Declaration of Independence which was signed in what year?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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