CRMS The Constitution Test
by Milissa Wechter
| 20 Questions
4 pts
Why is the U.S. Constitution called a “living document”?
A It has changed with time
B It is rewritten by each president.
C It has remained the same over the years
D It is signed each year by members of Congress
4 pts
Why did the delegates start the Preamble to the Constitution with the words “We, the people”?
A to record that all the citizens wrote the Constitution
B to state that government power comes from the people
C to declare that the people were separating from Great Britain
D to provide an introduction that would interest readers
4 pts
What is the primary work of Congress?
A to make laws for the country
B to debate whether laws are constitutional
C to determine who will be the candidate for president
D to be the chief executives of the states they represent
4 pts
What is the final step before a national bill becomes a law?
A It is signed by the president.
B It is voted on by the citizens.
C It is passed by the Supreme Court.
D It is approved by the state legislators
4 pts
Why does each state have two senators?
A to balance the rights of large and small states
B so the Senate does not become overcrowded
C to assure there are enough people to pass the laws
D so that one can take over if the other is unavailable
4 pts
What is the purpose of the system of checks and balances?
A to list the responsibilities of elected officials
B to make it difficult to amend the Constitution
C to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful
D to share power between state and national governments
4 pts
All of these are duties of the executive branch except
A negotiating treaties.
B carrying out the laws.
C proposing new taxes.
D nominating federal judges.
4 pts
Why does the Constitution establish the principle of majority rule?
A so decisions are based on what the president wants
B so decisions represent what most of the people want
C so decisions are made only when more than half of the people vote
D so decisions are made when most of the members of Congress are present
4 pts
Which of these describes the responsibility of the judicial branch?
A to put laws into effect
B to resolve disputes under the law
C to veto decisions of the Supreme Court
D to propose bills needed to achieve justice
4 pts
What name is given to the Supreme Court’s power to declare a law unconstitutional?
A federalism
B veto power
C impeachment
D judicial review
4 pts
The U.S. population can directly participate in government in all of these ways except through
A passing laws.
B joining interest groups.
C participating in elections.
D belonging to political parties.
4 pts
Which of these powers is shared by state and national governments?
A raising taxes
B declaring war
C printing money
D negotiating treaties
4 pts
Which of these refers to the sharing of power between national and state governments?
A bicameral
B federalism
C commerce
D nationalism
4 pts
An amendment to the Constitution can be ratified by three-fourths of the
A Senate
B citizens.
C state legislatures
D Supreme Court justices.
4 pts
Which of these can propose an amendment to the Constitution?
A Congress
B governors
C presidents
D Supreme Court
4 pts
All of these are advantages to having states share a common market except that
A it creates a single national economy.
B trade outside of the country is prohibited.
C a large business can be located in several states.
D goods and resources can move more easily across the country
7 pts
How does the president balance the power of Congress?
7 pts
How does the Supreme Court prevent the president and Congress from abusing their power?
7 pts
How does Congress check the power of the president?
15 pts
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