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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What type of government does the U.S. have?
(a) Indirect.
(b) Federation.
(c) United.
(d) Direct.

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

4. The federal government is based on the concept that it should benefit the majority, which means what?
(a) There invariably will be people in the minority who are unhappy.
(b) There invariably will be people in the minority who are happy.
(c) There invariably will be people in the majority who are unhappy.
(d) There invariably will be people in the minority who are indifferent.

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

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

7. Powers denied the Congress are in which section of Act I?
(a) 9.
(b) 7.
(c) 6.
(d) 8.

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

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

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

11. The return of a fugitive by one authority to another is the definition of what?
(a) Extortion.
(b) Explication.
(c) Extrication.
(d) Extradition.

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 citizens within the article.
(c) Separate various ideas within the article.
(d) Separate various laws within the article.

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

14. What is the length of a term for a member of the House of Representatives?
(a) 1 year.
(b) 2 years.
(c) 4 years.
(d) 3 years.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was the 16th President of the United States?

3. On what date did the Constitution go into effect?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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