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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. If force is necessary to see that a U.S. law is carried out, the Congress has the power to add what to the U.S. military forces?
(a) National Guard.
(b) Any police, firefighters.
(c) Any police.
(d) State police.

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

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

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

5. The President is charged with ensuring what?
(a) Seeing that laws are enforced.
(b) Seeing that Congress enforces the laws.
(c) Seeing that laws are proposed to Congress, signed by Supreme Court.
(d) Seeing that the Supreme Court enforces the laws.

6. Together the group in Philadelphia constructed the Constitution requiring a federal government comprised of which three branches?
(a) Democratic, Republican, and Independent.
(b) President, Senate, and House of Representatives.
(c) Executive, legislative, and judicial.
(d) Democratic, Republican, and Whig.

7. 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 Debate".
(c) "The Great Dispute".
(d) "The Great Compromise".

8. What is one check on the Congress held by the Supreme Court?
(a) May call special sessions of Congress.
(b) May declare laws Congress passes and President signs, unconstitutional.
(c) May veto bills of Congress.
(d) May veto bills of Congress.

9. 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) Confederation.
(b) Republic.
(c) Independence.
(d) Democracy.

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

11. The Constitution would also call for what to ensure the branches would have equal power?
(a) A system of equal balances.
(b) A system of checks and balances.
(c) A system of weights and balances.
(d) A system of balanced measures.

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

13. The President has the power to appoint ambassadors with the approval of what group?
(a) Congress.
(b) Senate.
(c) Supreme Court.
(d) House of Representatives.

14. Cullop states that the Constitution is meaningless unless who enforces it?
(a) The Supreme Court.
(b) The President.
(c) The people it represents.
(d) The legislative branch.

15. Elections give all citizens the opportunity to make their voices known, and to choose the official that would do what?
(a) Best represent their interests.
(b) Best represent their state.
(c) Best represent their hometown.
(d) Best represent their political party.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Some say the government of the U.S. is one in which the people are responsible for self-governing, or what Cullop calls what?

3. If a person's preferred candidate is not elected, there will be another election in which that candidate has what option?

4. 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?

5. What type of democracy is one in which the people elect officials in order to represent them in all aspects of government?

(see the answer keys)

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