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An___ to the constitution, both written an unwritten, can be made in one of two basic ways.

Executive agreement

A pact made by the President, using the process of ____, carries the same force of law as a treaty

Rule of law

Dictators may operate outside the ____, but under the Constitution the government and its officers must obey it.


It is the people who are the only source of governmental power in a system of ____.


Governments that obey the fundamental law of the land are abiding by the principle of _____.


In the United States, any governmental action that denies someone fair and equal treatment under the law may be declared______.

Checks and balances

The system of ____ helps keep one branch of government from dominating the actions of the others

Separation of powers

The constitution provides for the _____ by creating three distinct branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.

Bill of right

The first ten amendments, which provide the protection of basic individual rights and liberties, are called the_______.

Formal amendment

Changes to the written provisions of the constitution may be made only through the process of ____.

Informal amendment

Changes in the constitution that do not lead to changes in the written document


Advisory board to the president

Marbury v. Madison

Court case involving the process of informal amendment

Supreme court

" a constitutional convention in continuous session"

Executive agreement

Pact made by a president with heads of a foreign state.

Limited government

Which of the following principles holds that government may do only those things that the people have given it power to do?

Separation of powers

When James Madison wrote, " the accumulation of all the same hands......may be pronounced as the very definition of tyranny," he was arguing on behalf of which of the following constitutional principles?

Each branch is subject to a number of restraints by the other branches

The principle of checks and balances means that


Which of the following constitutional principles was devised as a compromise between a powerful central government and loose confederation of states?

Checks and balances

Which constitutional principle applies when the Senate confirms or rejects the President's appointee to run the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)?

Involves changing the written words of the constitution

The formal amendment process

Informal amendments

The constitution has grown and changed mostly as a result of

Bill of rights

The basic constitutional rights of the people were FIRST set out in the


Which of the following is NOT true of the use of executive agreement?


Formal amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by

???? Judicial power to declare governmental actions unconstitutional

Which power was established through the informal amendment process?


Which of the following was formally amended to the constitution?

Popular sovereignty

With the words " we the People," the constitution establishes its authority on the basis of

Checks and balances

The president's power to veto an act of Congress is an example


The framers reconciled the need for an effective central government with a respect for State governments by creating a system of

The amendments were ratified at the same time as the Constitution

Which statement about the Bill of Rights is NOT true?

Built- in provisions for accommodating change

Which of the following accounts for the ability of the Constitution to endure for more than 200 years?

Deprive a state of its equal representation in the Senate

According to article V of the constitution, no amendment may

Keeps the Constitution responsive and up to date

The informal amendment process

The right to a speedy trial by jury

The Bill of rights guarantees all of the following except


The president's cabinet is an example of informal amendment by


In most cases involving judicial review, the courts have

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