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