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GOV 310L Get the Gist: The Texas Constitution
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Which of the following is a purpose of a constitution?
to create procedures for making laws
What is one flaw of most constitutions?
They are deeply influenced by the historical and cultural context of time in which they were written.
Which of the following is an accurate comparison between state constitutions and national constitutions?
State constitutions are amended more frequently than national constitutions.
Whereas the federal constitution divides power into executive, judicial, and legislative branches, states often divide powers among multiple authorities. What is one result of this?
Many lower-level officials have shared or overlapping responsibilities.
Which tool allows citizens to vote on a law in a popular election?
What important event occured in Texas in 1876?
The current constitution of Texas was first drafted.
The Constitution of Coahuila y Tejas instructed the legislature to promote which of the following initiatives that has persisted into modern times?
The Constitution of Coahuila y Tejas was influenced by several existing constitutions. The division of government powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches was borrowed from which of the following?
The U.S. Constitution
Why does The Handbook of Texas Online say that the constitution of 1845 is the most respected of Texas's constitutions?
It was simple and direct.
The General Provisions article of the constitution of 1845 concentrated on restricting legislative powers. Which of the following provisions was included in this section?
Total accrued state debt could not exceed $100,000 except in cases of war, insurrection, or invasion.
Texas's becoming the 28th state in the union caused which of the following events?
the adoption of the constitution of 1845
The constitution of 1845 gave the powers to appoint the attorney general and secretary of state to which of the following?
What event caused the creation of the Confederate Constitution of 1861?
Texas seceded from the United States.
Which previous constitution remained the most influential for the constitution of 1866?
the constitution of 1845
What was the outcome of the constitutional convention of 1868-1869?
a long, detailed, and incomplete constitution published under military orders and ratified by popular vote?
Which of the following was included among the educational public policies specified in the Radical Republican Constitution of 1869?
compulsory school attendance
The United States government required which of the following in order for Texas to qualify for readmission to the union?
Texas had to reject laws passed under the Confederacy.
Why did many ordinary citizens dislike the constitution of 1869?
It had been created under pressure from Washington and the Radical Republicans.
The Democratic Party's regaining control of the Texas government precipitated which of the following?
the Constitutional Convention of 1875
What was the effect of the 1875 constitution on the legislature?
The legislature was given less time in session with which to deliberate and react to events.
The Texas Constitution is the second largest of the 50 state constitutions. What is one contributing factor to this?
A high level of detail is specified in the constitution, including policy matters such as the creation of hospital districts.
What is the end result of the extensive length and disorganization of the Texas Constitution, combined with the framers' refusal to hire a stenographer with public funds?
The Texas Constitution is extremely difficult to understand.
The framers' support for government regulation of economic and social relationships and fear of potential abuses of authority by holders of public office reflects what political leaning?
How many articles, not including the preamble, are included in the Texas Constitution?
The framers of the 1876 Texas Constitution were reacting to perceived abuses by both the national and state governments under the Radical Republicans. How is this reaction reflected in the bill of rights?
through a series of sweeping generalizations aimed at averting the perceived political dangers of the time
By prohibiting a single individual from exercising powers of more than one branch, the framers accomplished which of the following?
ensuring the separation of powers
Which branch of the Texas government was given primacy by the constitution's framers?
the legislative branch
How many executive offices did Article IV outline?
Which of the following was done in order to divide authority and disperse the executive branch's ability to actively govern?
The constitution made six of the seven offices in the executive branch elected.
What mode of selection for the judiciary does the constitution specify?
Which of the following courts did the constitution establish?
Which was the first constitution in Texas that included language regarding public education?
the 1827 Constitution of Coahuila y Tejas
How does the Texas Constitution aim to limit the legislature's ability to classify objects for purposes of taxation?
by declaring in Article VIII's first sentence that "taxation shall be equal and uniform"
The framers of the Texas Constitution of 1876 considered the formation of counties to be particularly important. What restriction did they place on the legislature's ability to create new counties?
New counties created had to be no smaller than 900 square miles and shaped in a squareform unless located along the border.
How many articles of the Texas Constitution are exclusively dedicated to the topic of local government?
What is one consequence of passing numerous proposed amendments during one election?
Voters may feel both overwhelmed and uninformed.
A proposal (with support from two-thirds of each chamber of the legislature) and ratification (with support of a majority of citizens) are necessary for which of the following?
the adoption of a constitutional amendment
What has been the result of the relatively stringent amendment process established by the Texas Constitution?
More than 600 amendments have been proposed, and nearly 500 of these have been ratified.
The need to pass amendments in response to other amendments is called what?
Which of the following offers the BEST description of Article XVI of the Texas Constitution?
It contains a variety of specific policy items that could have been better placed in other parts of the constitution.
What happened to the document created during the constitutional convention of 1974?
It failed to receive enough legislative votes to go to the electorate for ratification.
What was the "Missouri Plan" included in the 1975 proposed revision to the Texas Constitution
a nonpartisan commision that reviews candidates for a judicial vacancy, then allows the governor to select appointees from an approved list
When was the most recent attempt to propose a new constitution for the state of Texas?
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