POLS Chapter 3 Quiz
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A constitution promotes ________ if the general public agrees that the government has the right to govern its citizens.
The provision in the Republic of Texas Constitution that states that property acquired during marriage is owned equally by both spouses is referred to as
a. community property.
b. the home-rule charter.
c. common law.
d. the homestead provision.
When the constitutional convention convened to establish the first constitution of Texas in 1836, it sought to establish a(n) ________ form of government.
In order to limit the power of the governor by providing for the election of some of the officers that governors were previously allowed to appoint, the only amendment to the constitution of ________ established the beginning of a long ballot with which Texans are familiar today.
The 1869 Constitution served as the instrument of government for an era that most Texans and traditional historians would regard as the most ________ in the state's history.
a. corrupt and abusive
b. liberal and open-minded
c. conservative and traditional
d. ideological and progressive
Which of the following rights is guaranteed by the Texas Bill of Rights but is not specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution?
a. The Texas Bill of Rights allows for same-sex marriages.
b. The Texas Bill of Rights prohibits discrimination based on sex.
c. The Texas Bill of Rights allows for the creation of monopolies.
d. The Texas Bill of Rights allows for public prayer in schools.
Article 2 of the Texas Constitution limits government powers based on
a. a separation of powers.
b. a bicameral legislature.
d. judicial review.
The concept that each branch of government is assigned power to limit abuses in the others is called
a. judicial review.
b. separation of powers.
c. checks and balances.
d. directive authority.
In comparison to other large, populous states, the salaries of Texas legislators are
a. slightly higher.
b. the highest in the nation.
c. much lower.
d. about the same.
Which of the following is a correct statement about Texas special sessions?
a. The governor can call as many special sessions as he or she wishes.
b. There are no restrictions on how long a special session can last.
c. The legislators are the only ones who are able to call themselves into session.
d. The leadership of the legislature sets the agenda for special sessions.
Because of the ________ in the Texas Constitution, its framers guaranteed that even relatively unimportant decisions that could be easily handled by the legislature must be changed only by constitutional amendment.
b. statute-like detail
c. ambiguous wording
d. checks and balances
Although the Texas Constitution provides that the governor is the chief executive, it actually establishes ________ executive by dividing executive powers among several independently elected officers.
a. an indirect
b. an independent
c. a partisan
d. a plural
Which of the following is true regarding the governorship in Texas?
a. The Texas constitution limits the governor's salary.
b. Texas does not impose term limits on its chief executive.
c. The Texas governor does not have the authority to fire appointed officials.
d. In order to be governor of Texas, one must be at least thirty-five years of age.
The Texas Constitution has produced a court system in Texas that is
Texas is the only state other than Oklahoma that has
a. Judicial life terms.
b. two courts of final appeal.
c. nonpartisan elections.
d. judicial term limits.
Which is of the following is a suffrage requirement outlined in Article 6 of the Texas Constitution?
a. It denies the right to vote of persons seeking mental health treatment.
b. It denies the right to vote of persons over age 85.
c. It denies the right to vote of all convicted felons.
d. It denies the right to vote of persons under age 18.
The Texas legislature has the power to establish limited-purpose local governments called ________ that perform functions that counties and cities cannot afford because of constitutional tax and debt limits.
a. limited-purpose districts
b. general-law charters
c. special districts
d. home-rule charters
If citizens initiate a petition to remove an official before the end of his or her term, this is handled by a special election called
a. a referendum.
b. a long ballot.
c. an initiative.
d. a popular recall.
Texas permits voters to decide directly on only three matters: constitutional amendments, the state income tax, and
a. redistricting legislative boundaries.
b. judicial appointments.
c. the state budget.
d. legislative salaries.
In Texas, the proposal of a constitutional amendment must be approved by
a. a majority of the voting-age population.
b. a majority of the total membership of each house of the Texas legislature.
c. two-thirds of the total membership of each house of the Texas legislature.
d. three-fourths of the total membership of each house of the Texas legislature.
In Texas, ratification of constitutional amendments requires
a. a three-fourths vote of the total membership of each house of the Texas legislature.
b. approval by a majority of those persons voting on the amendment in either a general or a special election.
c. a two-thirds vote of the total membership of each house of the Texas legislature.
d. a two-thirds vote in the state senate and approval from the governor.
Between 1995 and 2013, an average of only ________ percent of Texas's voting age population cast a ballot in constitutional amendment elections.
Although most state constitutions are long like Texas's constitution, few are as ________ as Texas's constitution.
Most recent constitutional amendments have been ________ by Texas voters, while the 1975 attempt to revise and reorganize the Texas Constitution ________ .
a. rejected; failed to pass
b. rejected; was only partially successful
c. approved; failed to pass
d. approved; was successful
The text asserts that by including details of public policies such as education in the Texas constitution, the framers have perhaps unintentionally
a. increased public support and financing for the public school system.
b. made the public schools system more accountable to governing institutions.
c. reduced legislative responsibility to the public school system.
d. opened the door to extensive court intervention in public school finance.