What United States document establishes the core principles on which our government is based?

American Government Quiz

1. The most notable philosophies influencing America’s founding were

(Points : 1)       divine right of kings.


liberalism and republicanism.

free markets.

Question 2. 2. Indirect democracy differs from direct democracy in that (Points : 1)       the people don’t get to vote.      the people elect representatives.

the government serves the public interest.

the people participate in public affairs and vote on all matters.

Question 3. 3. Which of these beliefs is NOT a tenant of modern liberalism? (Points : 1)       The state needs to regulate private affairs to protect individuals from harm.      The modern, complex economy is self-correcting and no longer has the capacity to deprive individuals of their rights.

Corporate power can be threatening to individual liberty.

Distribution and redistribution of resources is necessary to promote liberty.

Question 4. 4. In 1607, the English monarch King James I granted a charter to which organization to establish a settlement in the Chesapeake region? (Points : 1)       Plymouth Company      Virginia Company

Pilgrim Company

Dutch East India Company

Question 5. 5. English philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke shared the view that all government arrangements should be based on what principle?@Chapter 1.2 Core American Values (Points : 1)

Mutual interest      Reason

The Social Contract

Divine Right

Question 6. 6. English philosopher John Locke wrote in his Second Treatise that the individual exists in a hypothetical state of __________. (Points : 1)       Bliss      Conflict



Question 7. 7. Which of these is NOT a power of the Executive Branch of government? (Points : 1)       Execute laws      Declare war

Issue pardons

Appoint judges

Question 8. 8. The Bill of Rights, as a whole, protects states’ rights because (Points : 1)       its prohibitions only apply to the national government.      it does not mention the people.

it does not mention the states.

it concerns the natural rights of the people.

Question 9. 9. The Federalist Papers were intended to (Points : 1)       demonstrate the evils of faction.      convince New Yorkers to petition their legislators to support ratification.

show that Virginia was not to be feared.

showcase the brilliance of Hamilton, Madison, and Jay.

Question 10. 10. Impeachment can be characterized as a (Points : 1)       sole responsibility of the Senate.      shared function between the Senate and the Supreme Court.

shared function between the House of Representative and the Senate.

sole responsibility of the House of Representatives.

Question 11. 11. Harold Lasswell’s statement of “who gets what, when, and how” is one definition of (Points : 1)       government      policy



Question 12. 12. John Locke, writer of Second Treatise of Government, coined the expression: “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Points : 1)       True      False

Question 13. 13. What United States document establishes the core principles on which our government is based? (Points : 1)       Constitution      Articles of Confederation

Bill of Rights

Magna Carta

Question 14. 14. The Anti-Federalists were concerned that the Constitution did not (Points : 1)       adequately protect states’ rights.      expressly limit powers of the national government.

establish a strong national government.

provide for a strong enough defense.

Question 15. 15. The Connecticut Plan, also known as the Great Compromise, combined elements of which two other plans during the Constitutional Convention of 1787? (Points : 1)       The New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan      The New York Plan and the Georgia Plan

The Massachusetts Plan and the Virginia Plan

The New York Plan and the Carolina Plan


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