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Online Lessons 3-4-5-6 Practice Test



This practice test covers these lessons -
      Lesson 3:  Documents from the Revolution and Beyond
      Lesson 4:  Constitution Building
      Lesson 5:  The Constitution
      Lesson 6:  The Bill of Rights

Multiple Choice

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

 1. 

The colonial pamphlet that called King George of England a “Royal Brute” and blamed him for colonial difficulties was
a.
the Declaration of Independence.
b.
“Two Treatises on Civil Government.”
c.
“Common Sense.”
d.
the Articles of Confederation.
e.
“The American Crisis.”
 

 2. 

At the time of the Constitution’s ratification,
a.
the states accepted the national bill of rights as applying to them.
b.
no states had bills of rights.
c.
few states had adequate constitutions.
d.
all states had specified rights of the citizens, but there was not a national bill of rights.
e.
a bill of rights existed already in several states and in the national government.
 

 3. 

Issues of search and seizure are covered in the
a.
First Amendment.
b.
Third Amendment.
c.
Fourth Amendment.
d.
Fifth Amendment.
e.
None of the above.
 

 4. 

Power during the years of the Articles of Confederation rested mostly with the
a.
President.
b.
Congress.
c.
British Parliament.
d.
Courts..
e.
state legislatures.
 

 5. 

Which of the following called only for equal representation of the states during the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention?
a.
the New Jersey Plan
b.
the Three-Fifths Compromise
c.
the Virginia Plan
d.
the Connecticut Compromise
e.
the Bill of Rights
 

 6. 

Of those who attended the Philadelphia Convention, which of the following traits would be least likely to be found?
a.
many were wealthy planters
b.
many were from the urban centers
c.
all the delegates were men
d.
many were highly educated
e.
many came from the western frontiers
 

 7. 

The Supreme Court case of Marbury vs. Madison in 1803 established the power of ___?___, which had been assumed by the Founders, but not enumerated (listed) in the Constitution.
a.
presidential impeachment
b.
congressional supremacy
c.
judicial review
d.
congressional oversight of the bureaucracy
e.
states’ rights
 

 8. 

The original Constitution forbids all of the following EXCEPT
a.
suspension of free speech.
b.
suspension of habeas corpus.
c.
ex post facto laws.
d.
bills of attainder.
e.
limits on the prosecution of treason.
 

 9. 

The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution
a.
during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
b.
to ensure the Constituion was ratified in highly-contested states.
c.
as a provision of the Annapolis Convention.
d.
just prior to the Civil  War.
e.
as part of the Great Compromise.
 

 10. 

The concept of checks and balances within the Constitution insures
a.
congressional supremacy.
b.
presidential supremacy.
c.
that no one branch of government can dominate, but must share power with the others.
d.
that all branches of government have “checks” insuring they are totally independent.
e.
the federal courts can eventual make final rulings when the three branches disagree.
 

 11. 

The Declaration of Independence was
a.
the first section of our living Constitution.
b.
an argument justifying revolution and an appeal for world recognition of the United States as a nation.
c.
the outline of our first American government.
d.
less important when it was written than as a historical document today.
e.
the work of Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin attempting to sway Americans to take up arms against the mother country.
 

 12. 

The significance of the Supreme Court case of Barron vs. Baltimore (1833) was that
a.
the Bill of Rights was nationalized entirely.
b.
the constitutional guarantee regarding ex post facto laws did now apply to the state legislatures.
c.
states could nullify federal laws when they violated “natural law doctrines.”
d.
the Bill of Rights was determined to only limit or restrain the national government, not the state governments.
e.
the Court now had the power of judicial review over national and state laws.
 

 13. 

Which of the following was NOT a point of contention and argument during the Constitutional Convention?
a.
slavery
b.
the manner in which states would have representation in Congress
c.
the number of votes each state was granted in Congress
d.
the powers of the president
e.
the right of taxation should initially rest with the people in Congress
 

 14. 

In the Constitution, powers not specifically granted to Congress but, instead, are implied for Congress are to be found in
a.
the Commerce Clause.
b.
the Necessary and Proper Clause.
c.
the First Amendment.
d.
the Tenth Amendment.
e.
the Great Compromise.
 

 15. 

The Articles of Confederation failed for all of the following reasons EXCEPT
a.
the Articles lacked any provision for executive power.
b.
Congress lacked sufficient taxation powers under the Articles.
c.
Congress lacked the sufficient power to maintain an army for domestic and international security.
d.
the Articles did not provide for federal courts.
e.
the Articles did not allow for all states to have representation in Congress.
 

 16. 

Thomas Jefferson leaned heavily on the works of ___?___ in constructing his arguments in the Declaration of Independence.
a.
Thomas Paine
b.
Samuel Adams
c.
John Locke
d.
the Bible and contemporary Christian literature
e.
Alexander Hamilton
 

 17. 

Article Three of the Constitution establishes
a.
the federal court system that was lacking in the Articles of Confederation.
b.
the bicameral system of Congressional representation.
c.
the two-part executive with a President and a Vice President, each with separate functions.
d.
the federal bureaucracy which would fall under the control of the chief executive of the nation.
e.
free elections and the two-party political system.
 

 18. 

Prior to the writing of the Constitution in Philadelphia
a.
few states had considered writing their own documents of a similar nature.
b.
many participants at the convention had been involved in penning their own state constitutions.
c.
the idea of one definitive document as a constitution did not exist.
d.
the United States had to rely on Jefferson’s outline in the Declaration of Independence for the basis of its government.
e.
the United States existed only as independent states without a national constitution.
 

 19. 

With the case of ___?___ in 1925, the Supreme Court began selectively incorporating or nationalizing the Bill of Rights on a case by case, right by right basis.
a.
Barron v. Baltimore
b.
Engle v. Vitale
c.
Gideon v. Wainwright
d.
Brown v. Topeka Board of Education
e.
Gitlow v. New York
 

 20. 

The process of amending the Constitution is found in Article ___?___ .
a.
One, which also concerns the legislature.
b.
Two, which also concerns the executive branch.
c.
Five, which alone spells out the methods available to change the original document.
d.
Three, which also concerns the judicial branch.
e.
Four, which also concerns the issues of full faith and credit and privileges and immunities of citizens.
 



 
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