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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 Constitution was ratified by what date?
(a) March 2, 1789.
(b) July 4, 1789.
(c) July 4, 1788.
(d) July 2, 1788.

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

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

4. How old is the U.S. Constitution in comparison with others?
(a) Oldest written constitution in use in the western hemisphere.
(b) Oldest written constitution in use anywhere in the world.
(c) Oldest written constitution in use in the northern hemisphere.
(d) 3rd oldest written constitution in use anywhere in the world.

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

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

7. 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.

8. The Constitution was ratified by what consent?
(a) 10.
(b) 8.
(c) Unanimous.
(d) 9.

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

10. The government under the Articles of Confederation would be supervised by an assembly of people called a Congress, restricted in what fashion?
(a) Could not impose laws, raise an army, or introduce taxes.
(b) Could not impose laws, or introduce taxes.
(c) Could not impose laws, or raise an army.
(d) Could not raise an army, or introduce taxes.

11. Who was the 16th President of the United States?
(a) John Adams.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) James Madison.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Elections give all citizens the opportunity to make their voices known, and to choose the official that would do what?

2. The return of a fugitive by one authority to another is the definition of what?

3. 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?

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

5. Each house of Congress keeps a journal of what it does day to day, and each morning Congress is in session these are published where?

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