Dill Zotos Government Test - Set 4
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Using your knowledge of apportionment, how many Congressional districts are there in the U.S.?
435 - That is the same number as the number of representatives in the House. There is one representative for each district.
How many senators must vote "yes" in order to override a Presidential veto?
At least 66, which is two-thirds of the Senate.
If every senator voted on a bill and there was a tie, how many "yes" votes were cast?
Fifty votes were cast. There are 100 senators and a tie means 50 voted "yes" and 50 voted "no." The Vice-President would then be called in to vote and break the tie.
If the Chief of State, the Chief Justice, the President, the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader were all sitting at a table, how many people would be there? Explain.
Four would be there because the Chief of State IS the President.
To answer this, use the map that shows "Numbers of U.S. Representatives Per State" either on the classroom poster or in your unit. Compare these five states MI, WI, IL, IN, and OH. Which of these has the highest population according to the 2010 census? Explain how you know this from the map.
Illinois has the highest population of the states listed. Of those states, Illinois has the most representatives and representation is based on population.
The Supreme Court has made a unanimous decision!!! How many justices supported the decision? Explain.
Nine justices supported the decision. Unanimous means "all" and there are nine justices on the Supreme Court.
Refer to your amendment list for this question: A person is arrested. The police start to ask questions of the suspect. The suspect refuses to answer. Which amendment allows the suspect to remain silent?
Fifth amendment. You do not have to say anything that may be used against you in a court of law. Whatever answers you give the police will be recorded and may be brought up at the trial so you have the right to remain silent.
Refer to your amendment list for this question: A person is on trial for theft of a car. He requests that a jury listen to his case instead of just a judge. Which amendment gives him this right?
Refer to the amendment list for this question. A student decides to wear a t-shirt to school supporting her favorite candidate for Congress. Which rights are being exercised and which two amendments allow her to do so?
She is exercising her right of free speech in the First Amendment and her right of free choice from the ninth amendment, given that there is no federal or state law telling what clothes people have to wear.
Refer to the amendment list for this question. A representative is upset that a magazine is planning to print a story about an embarrassing incident that happened involving the representative because it may damage her good reputation and cause people to forget all of the hard work she has done for her district. Unfortunately, there is nothing she can do to stop the magazine from printing the story. Which right is going to be exercised by the magazine and which amendment allows it?
Freedom of the Press in the First Amendment.
Refer to the amendment list for this question. If you wanted to arrange a large gathering of people to rally in support of a bill that was going to be voted on in your state capital, which right are you planning to exercise? Which amendment allows it? And, what step must you take to be sure your gathering is legal?
Freedom to gather peacefully which is also known as Freedom of Assembly. This is found in the First Amendment. You must get a permit to assemble, though!
In which document would you look to find out which branch has the power to impose taxes? Which branch is it?
You would look in the document called the Constitution and it is the Legislative Branch.
We have two executive departments that work hard to keep the country safe. One protects our interests in foreign countries and one protects us domestically, here in our own nation. Name these two executive departments in the correct order.
Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security
Once a year the Congress hears the President give a speech about the condition of the nation and his ideas for new laws that he believes will improve the condition of the nation. What is the name of that speech?
State of the Union Address
What is a synonym for union, as in the State of the Union Address?
Possible answers: nation, country, USA
In this speech, the "state of the union," which means the "condition of the nation," is presented by the President.
In the 1970s, a national 55 mph speed limit that Congress imposed on all states was actually unconstitutional. This is because the Constitution gives the control of highways to the states, not the national government. This is an example of what feature in our system of government?
Federalism - a system of government where the national and state governments share powers so that neither becomes too powerful.
In a presidential election, Maine gets four electoral votes and California gets 55. Explain the formula for figuring out how many electoral votes each state gets.
The number of electoral votes is determined by adding two to the number of representatives a state has.
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