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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 declare laws Congress passes and President signs, unconstitutional.
(b) May call special sessions of Congress.
(c) May veto bills of Congress.
(d) May veto bills of Congress.

2. 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 again for election by a majority vote.
(d) Try only once more for election by a majority vote.

3. What length of term do members of the Senate serve?
(a) 4 years.
(b) 2 years.
(c) 8 years.
(d) 6 years.

4. Attending the convention in Philadelphia for revision of the Articles of Confederation were delegates from all but which state?
(a) Rhode Island.
(b) Virginia.
(c) Connecticut.
(d) New Jersey.

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

6. The first major document of the U.S. government was the Declaration of Independence which was signed in what year?
(a) 1776.
(b) 1778.
(c) 1777.
(d) 1775.

7. What does Part I: Introduction to the Constitution begin by defining?
(a) Constitutional government.
(b) Articles of Confederation.
(c) Declaration of Independence.
(d) Oath of Office.

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

9. The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was introduced in what year?
(a) 1783.
(b) 1777.
(c) 1779.
(d) 1781.

10. The Constitution stipulates senators must have been a U.S. citizen a minimum of 9 years, live in the state they represent, and what minimum age?
(a) 21.
(b) 30.
(c) 18.
(d) 25.

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

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

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

14. 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) Indirect.
(d) United.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Articles of Confederation was not the best plan for a number of reasons and fell by the wayside when?

2. Today the Constitution is separated into how many parts?

3. The President has the power to appoint ambassadors with the approval of what group?

4. The President is charged with ensuring what?

5. Drafting the Constitution was a difficult task, and there had to be how many main compromises in order to arrive at a final decision?

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