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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 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 peace.
(c) Murder, arson, or armed robbery.
(d) Treason, violent felony, or breach of promise.

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

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

4. To be a member of the House of Representatives for any state having more than two representatives, the individual must live in the district within the state he or she represents, except for which two states?
(a) New Mexico, North Dakota.
(b) New Mexico, Nevada.
(c) North Dakota, Nevada.
(d) Arizona, Utah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. What type of government does the U.S. have?
(a) Federation.
(b) Indirect.
(c) Direct.
(d) United.

12. 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 the initial document.
(b) The basis of the revised document.
(c) The basis for a centralized government.
(d) The basis of a socialist document.

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

14. Which section of Article IV deals with admission of new states?
(a) 4.
(b) 2.
(c) 3.
(d) 1.

15. 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 raise an army, or introduce taxes.
(b) Could not impose laws, raise an army, or introduce taxes.
(c) Could not impose laws, or raise an army.
(d) Could not impose laws, or introduce taxes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. The Constitution would also call for what to ensure the branches would have equal power?

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

5. How old is the U.S. Constitution in comparison with others?

(see the answer keys)

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