Constitution Era STAAR Review
by Belinda Lawson
| 15 Questions

Which speaker is in favor of ratifying the Constitution?
Speaker 1
Speaker 2
Speaker 3
Speaker 4
In the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution, which point would have been made by a Federalist?
"The existing national government lacks the ability to add new states to the union."
"The states are in danger of losing the ability to raise revenue."
"The existing national government lacks the power to perform essential functions."
"The states are unable to protect the rights of the people."
Why did the Anti-Federalists demand that a bill of rights be added to the U.S. Constitution?
To strengthen the authority of the federal government
To improve the organization of the judiciary
To give each state an equal amount of power
To protect individual freedoms from the federal government

The excerpt provides one example of which constitutional principle?
Checks and Balances
Popular Sovereignty
Individual Rights

Which principle of the U.S. government is most clearly reflected in the amendment above?
Checks and Balances
Separation of Powers
Due Process
George Mason refused to sign the Constitution and opposed its ratification because he believed that it --
did not adequately protect individuals from potential government abuse
did not give the executive branch enough power to oversee the military
prevented the legislative branch from effectively governing the states
prevented the judicial branch from using judicial review to overturn acts of the legislature

First Amendment
Fourth Amendment
Fifth Amendment
Tenth Amendment
Which of these is a guarantee of the First Amendment?
States have the power to regulate public education
People can choose whether and how to participate in religious services
Persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty
Citizens have the right to be judged by a jury of their peers

This information was included in a slide-show presentation to a high school history class. Which documenet was the focus of this presentation?
The Mayflower Compact
The Articles of Confederation
The Virginia Declaration of Rights
The Declaration of Independence
Which excerpt from the U.S. Constitution best illustrates the principle of popular sovereignty?
"Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members..."
"The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States..."
"The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore..."
"The Times, Places, and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof."
Which headline provides the best example of a First Amendment guarantee in action?
"Religious University Forced to Close by State"
"Mormons Hold State Convention Downtown"
"Congress Declares a National Day of Remembrance"
"Protestors Arrested at Antiwar Rally"

Patrick Henry was criticizing which aspect of the Constitution in this excerpt?
The eligibility requirements for congressional office
The power granted to the central government
The establishment of a separate judicial branch
The difficulty of the amendment process

Which provision of the U.S. Constitution reflects this grievance?
The President can appoint justices with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Congress has the power to establish federal courts.
The commerce clause allows Congress to regulate trade among the states.
Congress can override a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.
The Articles of Confederation allowed each state only one vote in Congress. Which question reflects a major concern states had about this arrangement?
Should states attempt to resolve conflicting claims to territory?
Should states change their procedure for selecting representatives?
Should unanimous state approval for national laws be required?
Should more populous states receive greater representation?
With which of the arguments would the authors of The Federalist Papers most likely have agreed?
A bill of rights should be included in the Constitution before it is ratified.
Having a stronger central government will make the country more stable and prosperous.
The Three-Fifths Compromise will result in fair and equal representation.
Universal suffrage should be constitutionally guaranteed.
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