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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 is one check on the Congress held by the President?
(a) May adjourn Congress at will.
(b) May veto bills of Congress with Supreme Court majority approval.
(c) May appoint Supreme Court justices for 10-year terms.
(d) May withhold information from Congress.

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

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

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

5. What type of democracy is that in which the people handle government matters on their own behalf?
(a) Indirect.
(b) Direct.
(c) United.
(d) Federation.

6. 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 majority who are unhappy.
(b) There invariably will be people in the minority who are unhappy.
(c) There invariably will be people in the minority who are happy.
(d) There invariably will be people in the minority who are indifferent.

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

8. Today the Constitution is separated into how many parts?
(a) 2.
(b) 10.
(c) 3.
(d) 26.

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

10. Whom was the final draft of the Constitution written by?
(a) Gouverneur Morris.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) John Jay.

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

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

13. Article III covers the judicial branch and includes how many sections?
(a) 4.
(b) 5.
(c) 2.
(d) 3.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What length of term do members of the Senate serve?

2. Which section of Article IV deals with admission of new states?

3. Under the Articles of Confederation, there would be what?

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

5. When Cullop states the U.S. has a "government of the people, by the people, for the people," whom is he quoting?

(see the answer keys)

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