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

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

3. Article V addresses amending the Constitution in which two steps?
(a) Offered, endorsed.
(b) Proposed, accepted.
(c) Proposed, ratified.
(d) Ratified, signed.

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

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

6. What is one check on the Supreme Court held by the President?
(a) Appoints Supreme Court justices.
(b) Appoints Supreme Court justices for 10-year terms.
(c) Appoints Supreme Court justices with approval of Congress.
(d) May impeach Supreme Court justices.

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

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

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

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

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

12. What do the states that make up the U.S. constitute?
(a) A confederation.
(b) A symposium.
(c) A community.
(d) A federation.

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

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

15. A land region belonging to a government is the definition of what?
(a) Community.
(b) Empire.
(c) Territory.
(d) State.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom was the final draft of the Constitution written by?

2. The Congress separated into the House of Representatives and the Senate is the result of a dispute termed what?

3. 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?

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

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

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