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Fasttrack to America's Past
Section 3: Revolutionary Years
|Section 3: Revolutionary
Years Practice Test 3B
Directions: Choose the one best answer, and mark
your paper with the appropriate letter.
1. After the Revolution, the 13 states were first organized into a nation with a document called “The Articles of Confederation.” What was the main problem with that system?
A. The national and state governments were equal
2. The opening lines of the Constitution, beginning with “We the People,” tell the purposes or goals of the Constitution. What is this section called?
A. The Declaration of Sentiments
3. The Constitution created a design of government known as federalism or a federal system. Which of these statements best defines the system of federalism?
A. It is a system with only one level of
government, the national
4. In what year was the Constitution written and sent to the states for ratification?
5. Which of these is NOT the name of one of the three major branches of the federal government as described in the Constitution?
A. the Judicial
6. Why did the delegates in Philadelphia create a system of “separation of powers” and “checks and balances” in the Constitution?
A. They wanted to be sure the federal law was
supreme over any state law.
7. What view did Anti-Federalists like Patrick Henry of Virginia have of the proposed Constitution as it was sent to the states for ratification?
A. They were the greatest supporters of
ratification of the Constitution.
8. If a lawyer says he is an expert in “First Amendment cases,” he probably is often in court on cases involving
A. guns and citizens’ rights to “bear arms”
9. To get a search warrant for a house, what must a police officer do to meet the requirements of the Fourth Amendment?
A. obtain proof that a crime has been committed in
10. What role does the Constitution give to the
president in regard to the military?
A. He is prohibited from having any power over the
11. Why was the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution?
A. mainly to protect the powers of the new federal
12. What is the Cabinet?
A. a nickname for the Congress
13. Which of these figures was most important in establishing a solid financial foundation and banking system for the United States in its early years?
A. George Washington
14. How did the political party system first come into use in the United States?
A. Parties were always part of the election system
under the rules of the Constitution.
15. What was the objection critics of the Sedition Act made during the election of 1800?
A. The law violated the citizens’ free speech
rights to criticize the government.
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