Constitution Day 2012

In honor of the US Constitution, I thought it would be appropriate to have a little fun. Below you will find a few multiple choice/true-false questions I give (or similar questions) to my Constitution class – once on the first day and once at the end, to see the progress of the students. I hope to be giving another class in the early part of next year. We usually meet one evening a week for a couple of hours for 12 weeks. I’ll post the answers in a few days. Circle you answer. Enjoy!

1. The phrase “separation of church and state” appears in the US Constitution.
True
False

2. According to the US Constitution, the President of the United States has war-making power.
True
False

3. The Legislative Branch consists of the Senate and House of Representatives.
True
False

4. According to the US Constitution, the Judicial Branch has the power to create law.
True
False

5. Which is NOT a branch of the Federal Government? (choose 1)
Executive
Defense Judicial
Legislative

6. According to the US Constitution, can any branch give any of its Constitutional power to one of the other branches or to another entity? Yes
No

7. Which of the following Federal activities are authorized by the US Constitution? (choose 1)
Department of Energy
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Education
None of them

8. Where does the following phrase/concept appear? The Federal government must provide for public education.
Communist Manifesto
US Constitution

9. The concept of a graduated income tax (such as what we have today) is one of the planks of the Communist Manifesto.
True
False

10. The Federal Reserve is a Federal government organization.
True
False

11. Who said the following sentence: We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.
George Washington
Karl Marx
Benjamin Franklin

12. All Federal employees, to include the President and Congress, take an oath (or affirmation) to support the US Constitution.
True
False

13. The President is “Commander-In-Chief” of the nation
During times of declared war
As soon as he takes office
At military functions
None of these

15. Who said the following sentence: Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
Joseph Stalin
Vladimir Lenin
James Madison

16. The concept of a central bank (the Federal Reserve) is one of the planks of the Communist Manifesto.
True
False

17. The Bill of Rights is:
The first 10 amendments
The 15th Amendment
The entire Constitution
All of the amendments

18. The President is elected if he:
Wins a majority of electoral votes
Wins most of the country’s votes
Wins all of the States’ votes
Wins most of the States’ votes

19. What was the name of the document used prior to the US Constitution:
The Articles of Confederation
The Declaration of Independence
The Federalist Papers
The Emancipation Proclamation

20. What type of government is the Federal Government required to guarantee to all States?
Democracy
Oligarchy
Dictatorship
Republican

21. The 10th Amendment states, in part, that the federal government has no powers which are not enumerated in the US Constitution.
True
False

22. Congress can limit the jurisdiction of federal courts, to include the Supreme Court.
True
False

23. What type of government did the Constitution form for the United States?
A Democracy
An Oligarchy
A Dictatorship
A Republic

Bonus Questions:

1. If neither the President nor Vice-President can serve, the position would be filled by:
The Speaker of the House
The Chief Justice
The elected President of the Senate
The Secretary of State

2. Is the United Nations an institution that the United States should support?
Yes
No

Support your answer:

3. The United Nations was formed with the help of US citizens who were found to be traitors and communist sympathizers.
True
False

4. The United Nations currently has all of the characteristics of government except: (choose 1)
Military
Judicial
Legislative
Taxing

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