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In the 1780’s, mqany Americans distrusted a strong central government. This distrust is best shown by the
a) lack of debate over the ratification of the United States Constitution
b) plan of government set up by the Articles of Confederation
c) development of a Federal court system
d) constitutional provision for a strong President

In the United States, the use of implied powers, the amending process, and Supreme Court interpretations have resulted in
a) a general loss of individual rights
b) a strengthening of the principle of separation of powers
c) the Constitution being adapted to fit changing times
d) the limiting of Presidential power in domestic affairs

Which quotation from the United States Constitution provides for a Federal system of government (federalism)?
a) “He shall have power . . . with the advice and consent of the Senate, . . . and . . . shall appoint . . .“
b) “Every bill . . . shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the President of the United States; . . .
c) “The powers not delegated to the United States . . . are reserved to the states . . .“
d) “Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other stat

The system of checks and balances is best illustrated by the power of
a) the President to veto a bill passed by Congress
b) Congress to censure one of its members
c) a governor to send the National Guard to stop a riot
d) state and Federal gov-ernments to levy and collect taxes

The major role of political parties in the United States is to
a) protect the American public from corrupt public officials
b) insure that free and honest elections are held
c) nominate candidates for public office and conduct campaigns
d) meet constitutional requirements for choosing the President

Thomas Jefferson was against a loose interpretation of the Constitution. He believed the government could only do what was written. Adherence to a strict interpretation of the Constitution would have prevented President Thomas Jefferson from
a) making the Louisiana Purchase
b) writing “State of the Union” messages
c) receiving ambassadors
d) commissioning military officers

Which factor has made the strongest contribution to the development of religious freedom in the United States?
a) Which factor has made the strongest contribution to the development of religious freedom in the United States?
b) Religious groups have remained politically unified.
c) School prayer has been ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court.
d) Guarantees in the Constitution have encouraged religious expression and toleration.

Which phrase from the Declaration of Independence most clearly reflects the idea that the people are the source of government?
a) “. . . that all men are created equal,...”
b) “. .. all men are . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights
c) “. . . deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . .“
d) “. . . governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes . . .

One way in which the United States Constitution differed from the Articles of Confederation was that the Constitution
a) created a national government having three branches
b) provided for the direct election of the President by the voters
c) made the amendment process more difficult
d) increased the powers of the states

At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, delegates from the small states most strongly supported the idea of
a) establishing a strong national executive
b) levying taxes on exports
c) popular election of Senators
d) equal representation for the states in the national legislature

One way in which the authors of the Constitution tried to create “limited government” was by providing for
a) a loyal opposition through a two-party system
b) a loyal opposition through a two-party system
c) the establishment of naturalization laws
d) the popular election of Federal judges

“The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.” Which interpretation of the Bill of Rights does this statement illustrate?
a) The needs of the government are more important than civil liberties.
b) Constitutional protections of liberty are not absolute.
c) The Supreme Court can eliminate freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights.
d) The Bill of Rights does not safeguard individual liberties.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This reflects beliefs derived from
a) the Magna Carta
b) the divine right monarchs of Europe
c) John Locke’s theory of natural rights
d) Marxist philosophy

The United States Government is considered a federal system because
a) the people elect national officials
b) both national and state governments exist within the nation
c) foreign policy is handled by state governments
d) each state has equal represen-tation in the United States Senate

Antifederalists criticized the United States Constitution primarily because governing power was concentrated in the
a) State legislatures
b) President’s Cabinet
c) delegates to the Constitutional Convention
d) National Government

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