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

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

3. Section 1 of Article I outlines that Congress is comprised of how many bodies of delegates from each state?
(a) 3.
(b) 4.
(c) 1.
(d) 2.

4. What is one check on the President held by the Supreme Court?
(a) May refuse to give its consent to approve a Presidential election.
(b) Controls all spending of money in U.S. government.
(c) May bring suits or issue court orders against public officers.
(d) May override President's veto by 2/3 vote.

5. Some say the government of the U.S. is one in which the people are responsible for self-governing, or what Cullop calls what?
(a) Republic.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Independence.
(d) Confederation.

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

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

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

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

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

11. Together the group in Philadelphia constructed the Constitution requiring a federal government comprised of which three branches?
(a) Executive, legislative, and judicial.
(b) Democratic, Republican, and Independent.
(c) Democratic, Republican, and Whig.
(d) President, Senate, and House of Representatives.

12. The President is afforded the ability to set up a Cabinet of advisers including how many members?
(a) 12.
(b) 13.
(c) 18.
(d) 15.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Constitution could not be put into effect until it had been ratified by three fourths of the states, or how many of the original states?

2. Cullop asserts which term for American government is correct?

3. The new Constitution required that which federal branch of government would be responsible for making laws?

4. What is the length of a term for a member of the House of Representatives?

5. The first major document of the U.S. government was the Declaration of Independence which was signed in what year?

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