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Constitution Day Quiz Part 1

DIRECTIONS:  Use the knowledge gained in Lesson 1 , as well as a copy of the Constitution, to answer the following questions.

Which of the following is an example of "checks and balances"?
  1. Congress elects its Speaker
  2. The right to a jury trial
  3. Congress can override a presidential veto
  4. The presidential power to pardon
The Constitution called for an army and navy, but which amendment put a restriction on the military and its soldiers?
  1. First Amendment
  2. Third Amendment
  3. Fifth Amendment
  4. Seventh Amendment
Why did the framers of the Constitution decide that the president - rather than the public or the Congress - can choose Supreme Court justices?
  1. They thought the president was the only person to be trusted on judicial matters.
  2. They wanted the justices to be independent and free from influence by any group of voters or interests.
  3. They thought the president could do the job faster than the Congress.
  4. They wanted the justices to do the bidding of the president.
What rule in the Constitution ensures that the president does not make any unwise agreements with foreign nations?
  1. The Senate must agree to the ratification of all treaties.
  2. The president must write his plans in a formal letter.
  3. The Supreme Court must review all agreements.
  4. The president is forbidden to negotiate.
Why did the framers of the Constitution make the ratification process for new amendments so strenuous?
  1. They wanted to protec the core values of the Constitution by making it difficult to make changes.
  2. They thought the process would be good training for future leaders.
  3. They hoped the Constitution would never be changed.
  4. They felt that a strenuous process would build character.
In the original Constitution, senators were to be elected by state legislatures. Which amendment allowed the general public to elect senators?
  1. 12th Amendment
  2. 14th Amendment
  3. 27th Amendment
  4. 17th Amendment
Which of the following did Article I Section 8 NOT allow Congress to regulate commerce with?
  1. Indian Tribes
  2. Corporations
  3. Foreign Nations
  4. States
Why did the phrase including the words "necessary and proper" in Article I Section 8 later come to be called the elastic clause?
  1. Because it tied the hands of Congress
  2. Because it guaranteed all bills would be necessary and proper
  3. Because it gave Congress flexibility
  4. Because it established the nation's clothing industry
How did the Sixteenth Amendment ensure the stability of the federal government?
  1. It guaranteed African Americans the right to vote.
  2. It called for a system of internal improvements.
  3. It allowed the government to collect income taxes.
  4. It outlawed alcoholic beverages.
How do you think the Thirteenth Amendment affected the population of the United States?
  1. It gave women the right to vote and added many new voters to the population.
  2. It abolished slavery and counted millions of newly freed citizens as part of the population.
  3. It outlawed discrimination and prohibited people from identifying their race.
  4. It cut funding and cancelled the population census.
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