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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. The U.S. is a group of individual states that afford certain specific duties and responsibilities to which government?
(a) State.
(b) Central.
(c) Independent.
(d) United.

2. The Articles of Confederation was not the best plan for a number of reasons and fell by the wayside when?
(a) 1783.
(b) 1787.
(c) 1789.
(d) 1785.

3. When Cullop states the U.S. has a "government of the people, by the people, for the people," whom is he quoting?
(a) Abraham Lincoln.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) George Washington.

4. Article II addresses the executive branch and includes how many sections?
(a) 4.
(b) 2.
(c) 1.
(d) 3.

5. In what year were the Articles of Confederation finally ratified?
(a) 1781.
(b) 1777.
(c) 1785.
(d) 1787.

6. What is one check on the Supreme Court held by the Congress?
(a) Congress may refuse to give consent to a Supreme Court appointment.
(b) Senate may refuse to give consent to a Supreme Court appointment.
(c) May override Supreme Court decisions by 51% vote of both houses.
(d) Congress may withhold consent to treaties approved by Supreme Court.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Cullop asserts which term for American government is correct?
(a) Democratic confederation.
(b) Democratic republic.
(c) Independent republic.
(d) Republican democracy.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What form of government is defined as representative?

2. What type of democracy is that in which the people handle government matters on their own behalf?

3. What type of government does the U.S. have?

4. Powers denied the Congress are in which section of Act I?

5. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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