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Constitution Test Multiple Choice Practice Questions



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

The governmental body which has the power to try the president after impeachment is
a.
the House of Representatives
c.
the House Ethics Committee
b.
the Supreme Court
d.
none of the above
 

 2. 

All of the following correctly identify which level of government--state or national--has the most power over a given area EXCEPT
a.
national government--foreign affairs
d.
national government--gambling laws
b.
national government--the military
e.
state government--driver’s licensing laws
c.
state government--marriage laws
 

 3. 

Judicial review refers to
a.
review of court decisions by the President
c.
requirements for a unanimous vote in Supreme Court decisions
b.
confirmation of judicial appointments by the Senate
d.
power of the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of laws
 

 4. 

Which political party currently holds the majority in the House of Representatives?
a.
Democrats
d.
Greens
b.
Republicans
e.
Libertarians
c.
Independents
f.
Communists
 

 5. 

Which of the following is NOT an example of the checks and balances system?
a.
The President appoints a new member of the Supreme Court.
b.
The President fires her head of military operations in Iraq.
c.
The Congress overrides a presidential veto.
d.
The Supreme Court declares a presidential act to be unconstitutional.
 

 6. 

Which of the following is TRUE of the Constitution?
a.
It was ratified by the thirteen original states with little opposition.
b.
It establishes the rules by which our government runs.
c.
The first ten amendments to the Constitution are collectively known as The Bill of Rights.
d.
If a state law conflicts with the Constitution, sometimes the state law can override the Constitution.
e.
both b and c
 

 7. 

Which feature of the federal government is specifically described in the United States Constitution?
a.
congressional committee system
c.
Senate approval of nominations to the Supreme Court
b.
president’s Cabinet
d.
two-party political system
 

 8. 

Each of the following summarizes a major weakness of the Articles of
Confederation EXCEPT
a.
the new government had no way of resolving conflicts between the states
c.
it created an executive branch with excessive power
b.
no sound taxing policy was established
d.
the government had no control over interstate commerce
 

 9. 

A basic feature of a “federal” system of government is that it
a.
punishes citizens who break the law
c.
has an elected national court system
b.
divides power between the national and state governments
d.
makes sure all minorities receive equal pay
 

 10. 

Under the U.S. Constitution, state governments have the power to
a.
print money
c.
license teachers
b.
establish term limits for members of Congress
d.
regulate interstate commerce
 

 11. 

All of the following are expressed powers granted to Congress in the Constitution EXCEPT
a.
to regulate commerce
c.
to make treaties
b.
to tax
d.
to print money
 

 12. 

Which of the following was NOT an argument against the Constitution?
a.
The federal government was given too little  power.
c.
It lacked a Bill of Rights.
b.
It would not work in such a big, spread-out contry.
d.
All of the above were arguments against the Constitution.
 

 13. 

Delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 structured the Congress the way that they did as a way to
a.
assure the right to vote for all males
c.
insure the speedy passage of legislation
b.
address the issue of population difference among the states
d.
satisfy the different interests of rich and poor citizens
 

 14. 

In which of the following does it state that any powers not given specifically to the national government go back to the states?
a.
Article I of the Constitution
c.
Amendment 10
b.
Article III of the Constitution
d.
none of the above
 

 15. 

Which of the following is a qualification to become president of the United States?
a.
14 years residence in the U.S.
d.
all of the above
b.
must be 35 years old or older
e.
b and c
c.
must be born in the U.S.A.
 

 16. 

Unlike federal or confederate governmental systems, unitary governments
a.
have local governments that are sub-units of the central government
c.
provide for a central government that is weak
b.
are exceedingly rare in the world
d.
share power with state and local governments that have distinct and separate powers
 

 17. 

Supreme Court Justices are
a.
elected by the people
c.
chosen by other Justices
b.
appointed by the Senate, approved by the House of Representatives
d.
nominated by the President, approved by the Senate
 

 18. 

Which of the following correctly identifies those president who have been impeached and convicted in U.S. history?
a.
Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon
c.
Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson
b.
Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton
d.
none
 

 19. 

John Locke argued that human beings have a natural right to each of the following EXCEPT
a.
property
c.
pursuit of happiness
b.
liberty
d.
life
 

 20. 

How many members are there in the U.S. Senate?
a.
54
c.
435
b.
100
d.
535
 

 21. 

Which political party currently holds the majority in the U.S. Senate?
a.
Democrats
d.
Greens
b.
Republicans
e.
Libertarians
c.
Independents
f.
Communists
 

 22. 

Which of the following statements is TRUE?
a.
In a presidential system, the president is guaranteed a majority in the legislature
c.
Most governments in the world are parlimentary systems
b.
The prime minister in a parlimentary system is elected independently from the legislative branch
 

 23. 

Which is an example of an implied power of Congress?
a.
Establishing a Federal Reserve system of banks
c.
Establishing post offices
b.
Vetoing a law proposed by the president
d.
Borrowing money
 

 24. 

How long is the term of office for a member of the House of Representatives?
a.
2 years
c.
6 years
b.
4 years
d.
8 years
 

 25. 

The power to regulate commerce (trade) among the states and with foreign countries explicitly lies with the
a.
legislative branch
c.
judicial branch
b.
executive branch
d.
president’s Cabinet
 



 
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