Part I (55 credits)
1 Which aspect of the American political system was most
ideas of John Locke and Baron de Montesquieu?
1 executive control of foreign policy
2 limitations on the power of government
3 government regulation of the economy
4 creation of the electoral college
2 Which principle of government is proposed in the Declaration
1 Political power originates with a
strong central government.
2 The primary function of government is to protect natural rights.
3 A system of checks and balances is the most effective way to
prevent governmental abuse of power.
4 Individual liberties must be guaranteed by a strong bill of
3 "We, the people of the United States, in
order to form a more perfect union,
justice, . . . and
secure the blessings of liberty . . . do ordain and establish
Constitution for the United States of America."
- Preamble to the United States Constitution
This quotation from the Preamble illustrates the constitutional
1 have a right to a trial by jury
2 are guaranteed an adequate standard of living
3 are the true source of political power
4 have the right to assemble
4 During the ratification debates of 1788 to 1791,the
activities of the
Anti-federalists led to the
1 drafting of the Declaration of
2 strengthening of the Articles of Confederation
3 adoption of the Northwest Ordinance
4 addition of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution
5 The framers of the United States Constitution showed the
commitment to democratic principles in their decisions
1 method for choosing members of the
2 election of members of the House of Representatives
3 election of Senators
4 selection of Supreme Court justices
6 What was a major impact of many of the Supreme Court
justice John Marshall?
1 strengthening of the powers of the
2 restrictions on big business
3 reduction of racial discrimination
4 expansion of the rights of the accused
7 "The Constitution is as the Supreme Court interprets
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Which constitutional principle does this quotation best
4 concurrent powers
8 What is a primary role of lobbyists in the political process?
1 to draft bills for legislators
2 to present the views of special interest groups on proposed
3 to locate citizens willing to run for public office
4 to provide legislators with unbiased information on important
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