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With the words "We the People," the Constitution establishes its authority on the basis of
Which statement of the Bill of Rights is not true?
The amendments were ratified at the same time as the constitution
The informal amendment process
Results from the daily experiences of the gov't
The President's Cabinet is an example of informal amendment by
In most cases involving judicial review, the courts have
Found the governmental actions in question to be constitutional
Which of the following best describes the concept of limited gov't?
Gov't must operate within certain bounds set by the people
Which of the following is a method of formal amendment?
Proposed by two-thirds of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures
Which of the following informal amendments was a result of party practices?
The use of the electoral college as a rubber stamp for the popular vote
The basic constitutional rights of the people FIRST set out in the
Bill of Rights
Which of the following is not true of the use of executive agreement?
It is among the Executive powers in article II of the Constitution
The Legislative branch can check the judicial branch by its power to
Remove judges through impeachment
Which of the following is the subject of a constitutional amendment?
All of the above (prohib. of alcohol, repeal of pre. amend, & presidential term limits)
The Judiciary Act of 1789 was an example of
Congress informally amending the Constitution
The President's power to veto an act of Congress is an example of
Checks and balances
Which of the following accounts for the ability of the Constitution to endure more than 200 years?
Built-in provisions for accommodating change
According to Article V of the Constitution, no amendment may
Deprive a State of its equal representation in the Senate
The Bill of Rights guarantees all of the following except
The right of women to vote
Which of the following is mentioned by the Constitution and its amendments?
Succession of Vice President to presidency
Which of the following is NOT an example of the checks and balances system?
The President makes an an executive agreement
When there is separation of powers,
The power is distributed among three independent branches of gov't
Which of the following is NOT true of the Constitution?
It has not been changed in 50 years
Each of the four methods of formal amendment
Demonstrates the principle of federalism
Congress can informally amend the Constitution by
All of the Above (passing basic legal., adding meaning.., exercise)
One criticism of the formal amendment process is that
State legislatures, rather than convention delegates elected by the people, often ratify
Which of the following was formally amended to the Constitution?
Prohibition of alcoholic beverages
Which of the following statements about informal amendments is TRUE?
Some have been proposed and ratified as formal amendments
Which of the following amendments was ratified FIRST?
The amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech
An ___ is a way to change the Constitution
The government and its officers must obey the ____, which is another way of describing the concept of limited government.
Rule of Law
A(n) ____ is one of the seven numbered sections of the Constitution.
The system of ____ helps keep one branch of government from dominating the actions of the others
Checks and Balances
The Constitution provides for the ____ by creating three distinct branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.
Separation of powers
A(n) ____ carries the same force of law as a treaty.
A governmental action that denies someone fair and equal treatment under the law may be declared ____.
The first ten amendments are called the ____.
Bill of Rights
Changes to the written provisions of the Constitution may be made only through the process of ___
The inability of the central gov't to gain the support of the States under the Article of Confederation contributed to the inclusion in the new Constitution of
The gov't is held accountable for its actions under which of the following principles in the gov't?
the rule of law
The concept of separation of powers is a means to what end?
which of the six basic principles of the Constitution can be diluted when the president and a majority of the members of Congress are of the same political party?
separation of powers
The power of judicial review applies to actions by
both the federal gov't and the states
Ratification by which of the following is considered to be the most in keeping with principle of popular sovereignty?
Which branch of the federal gov't plays the largest role in the formal amendment process?
The constitution requires proposed amendments to have greater State support for
The bill of rights was added to the Constitution to meet the demands of the
Once ratified, a constitutional amendment may only be changed by
To some extent, the consitutional changes brought about by various presidents have circumvented
the system of checks and balances
To which branch of gov't fell the task of "adding flesh to the bone" of the Consitution
Which of the following describes the avenue by which the Supreme Court can shape the Constitution?
by deciding what the words of the Constitution mean in practice
An action by a public official or agency that violates an unwritten custom
both; may cause the custom to be added to the Constitution and is unusual
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