Foundations of American History
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  • Question 1
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    Q. The Bill of Rights was added to the US Constitution primarily to-
    answer choices
    provide the President with power in times of emergency
    establish fair and impartial elections
    protect individual liberties
    guarantee voting privileges to minorities
  • Question 2
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    Q. Which guarantees freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion to individuals in the United States?
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    the Treaty of Paris of 1783
    the Articles of Confederation
    the First Amendment to the US Constitution
    the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution
  • Question 3
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    Q. Which of the following was an important characteristic of American society as noted by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831-1832?
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  • Question 4
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    Q. Which has been an important limitation on the power of eminent domain found in the Fifth Amendment?
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    The reciting of prayers in public schools has been prohibited.
    There must be a "clear and present danger" before it can be exercised.
    Individuals accused of committing crimes are protected from abusive behavior by the police.
    Governments must provide "reasonable compensation" when taking a person's property.
  • Question 5
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    Q. Which of the following words are part of the Declaration of Independence?
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    "They are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"
    "All persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States"
    "No soldier shall, in times of peace, be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner"
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"
  • Question 6
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    Q. Which action would be protected by the First Amendment?
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    A reporter publishes an article critical of city officials.
    A man on trial refuses to testify against himself.
    A woman asks to see a lawyer before answering questions from the police.
    A family refuses to permit soldiers to be housed in their home.
  • Question 7
    30 seconds
    Q. In the US, illegally obtained evidence cannot be used in a court of law against someone. This rule is based on an individual's constitutional right to-
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    face accusers in open court
    be protected against double jeopardy
    a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury
    protection against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • Question 8
    30 seconds
    Q. Which statement describes a limitation on government action established by the Bill of Rights?
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    Congress controls interstate commerce.
    The President shares control over foreign policy with Congress.
    The Supreme Court can declare acts of Congress unconstitutional.
    Government officials cannot enter a home without the owners permission or a valid search warrant.
  • Question 9
    30 seconds
    Q. Which principle was adopted in the US Constitution to ensure that no one branch of the federal government became too powerful?
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    republican government
    popular sovereignty
    judicial review
    checks and balances
  • Question 10
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    Q. What has been the impact of the First Amendment's separation of church and state on the American way of life?
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    It has brought about an end to religious differences.
    It has helped to promote religious freedom.
    It has increased American interest in religion.
    It has fostered inequality between religious groups.
  • Question 11
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    Q. Why did Alexis de Tocqueville believe that American society was egalitarian?
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    All Americans had the same wealth.
    Americans lacked a hereditary social class of nobles.
    Americans had just abolished slavery just before his visit.
    The Declaration of Independence announced that all men were created equal.
  • Question 12
    30 seconds
    Q. Which branch of government established in the original US Constitution was designed to be elected directly by citizens?
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    Supreme Court
    House of Representatives
    the Presidents Cabinet
  • Question 13
    60 seconds
    Q. The US Constitution replaced which plan of government for the United States?
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    Articles of Confederation
    Declaration of Independence
    Federalist Papers
    Northwest Ordinance
  • Question 14
    30 seconds
    Q. The phrase "No Taxation without Representation" was shouted by colonist who felt what?
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    They needed a tax collector
    That they had no voice in Parliment
    That they wanted their tax check
    That Parliament had heard them
  • Question 15
    45 seconds
    Q. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain _______, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
    Which of the following best completes this excerpt?
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    unalienable rights
    equalities of opportunity
    duties and responsibilities
    repeated injuries and abuses
  • Question 16
    900 seconds
    Q. What was the purpose of the Declaration?
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    to declare independence from France.
    to declare independence from Germany.
    to declare independence from Cuba.
    to declare independence from England
  • Question 17
    300 seconds
    Q. In the first part of the Declaration, Jefferson wrote that all men have rights.  These included "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness".  What is the first part of the Declaration called?
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    The Closing
    The Body
    The Phone Number
    The Preamble
  • Question 18
    30 seconds
    Q. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
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    George Washington
    Thomas Jefferson
    John Adams
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Question 19
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    Q. What are the three inalienable rights that all people have?
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    Food, Shelter, and Clothing
    Life, Liberty and Death
    Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Question 20
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    Q. What is the main purpose of government?
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    To protect the rights of the people
    To protect the life of people's things
    To give people things
  • Question 21
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    Q. Congress is made up of two houses, which one has equal representation of 2 representatives per state?
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    House of Burgesses
    House of Representatives
    Continental Congress
  • Question 22
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    Q. Congress is made up of two houses, which one is based on population?
    answer choices
    House of Burgesses
    House of Representatives
    Continental Congress
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