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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The new Constitution required that which federal branch of government would be responsible for making laws?
(a) Executive.
(b) Attorney General.
(c) Judicial.
(d) Legislative.

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

4. Each house of Congress keeps a journal of what it does day to day, and each morning Congress is in session these are published where?
(a) "Washington Post".
(b) "Congressional Record".
(c) "Legislative Journal".
(d) "Congressional Journal".

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

6. The Constitution could not be put into effect until it had been ratified by three fourths of the states, or how many of the original states?
(a) 8.
(b) 10.
(c) 13.
(d) 9.

7. 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) Arizona, Utah.
(b) New Mexico, Nevada.
(c) North Dakota, Nevada.
(d) New Mexico, North Dakota.

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

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

10. All revenue bills must originate where?
(a) House of Representatives.
(b) Joint caucus of both houses.
(c) Senate.
(d) Committee of members from both houses, Internal Revenue Service.

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

12. Articles within the Constitution are further divided into categories called Sections for what purpose?
(a) Separate various states the article concerns.
(b) Separate various ideas within the article.
(c) Separate various citizens within the article.
(d) Separate various laws within the article.

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

14. What is one check on the Congress held by the President?
(a) May withhold information from Congress.
(b) May adjourn Congress at will.
(c) May appoint Supreme Court justices for 10-year terms.
(d) May veto bills of Congress with Supreme Court majority approval.

15. 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) United.
(c) Indirect.
(d) Federation.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author stipulates that how many different kinds of democracy exist?

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

3. Elections give all citizens the opportunity to make their voices known, and to choose the official that would do what?

4. 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?

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

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