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

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

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

4. On what date did the Constitution go into effect?
(a) July 4, 1789.
(b) March 4, 1788.
(c) March 4, 1789.
(d) July 4, 1788.

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

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

7. 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) 2.
(c) 5.
(d) 4.

8. The Congress separated into the House of Representatives and the Senate is the result of a dispute termed what?
(a) "The Great Conflict".
(b) "The Great Dispute".
(c) "The Great Compromise".
(d) "The Great Debate".

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

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

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

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

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

14. Some say the government of the U.S. is one in which the people are responsible for self-governing, or what Cullop calls what?
(a) Independence.
(b) Confederation.
(c) Republic.
(d) Democracy.

15. What type of democracy is one in which the people elect officials in order to represent them in all aspects of government?
(a) United.
(b) Direct.
(c) Federation.
(d) Indirect.

Short Answer Questions

1. The government under the Articles of Confederation would be supervised by an assembly of people called a Congress, restricted in what fashion?

2. Article III covers the judicial branch and includes how many sections?

3. What is one check on the President held by the Supreme Court?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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