Constitution STAAR Questions (16, 17, 18)
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  • Question 1
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What does this list suggest about the drafters of the Articles of Confederation? 8.4(C)

    answer choices

    They did not want a judicial system based upon that of Great Britain.

    They feared that a strong central government would abuse its power.

    They were uncertain that democracy would continue to be the best type of government.

    They did not think that state governments could provide for the general welfare.

  • Question 2
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which numbered pair correctly replaces (1) and (2) in this table? 8.16(A)

    answer choices

    (1) three-fourths

    (2) eligible voters

    (1) two-thirds

    (2) Electoral College

    (1) three-fourths

    (2) Supreme Court

    (1) two-thirds

    (2) state legislatures

  • Question 3
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which constitutional principle is Jefferson referring to in this excerpt? 8.18(A)

    answer choices

    Full faith and credit

    Popular sovereignty

    Federalism

    Judicial review

  • Question 4
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Those who agreed with this point of view were known as — 8.17(A)

    answer choices

    Minutemen

    Loyalists

    Federalists

    Patriots

  • Question 5
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Why was this congressional structure created by the framers of the Constitution? 8.21(C)

    answer choices

    To follow the plan outlined in the Articles of Confederation

    To reach a compromise between large and small states

    To reach a compromise between slave states and non-slave states

    To implement the outcome of a popular vote

  • Question 6
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What was the purpose of this amendment? 8.15(D)

    answer choices

    To encourage citizens to monitor the federal government

    To prevent conflicts between state and local governments

    To limit the authority of the federal government

    To increase the participation of citizens in state government

  • Question 7
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which law would be considered unconstitutional on the basis of First Amendment guarantees? 8.25(C)

    answer choices

    A ban on the publication of classified information by government employees

    A requirement that church employees pay income tax

    A requirement that churches get a permit before building a new chapel

    A prohibition on electing religious leaders to government office

  • Question 8
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which sentence completes this diagram? 8.19(B)

    answer choices

    People cannot be forced to be witnesses against themselves.

    Cruel and unusual punishment cannot be inflicted.

    Warrants cannot be issued unless probable cause is established.

    A defendant cannot be denied a speedy and public trial.

  • Question 9
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which argument would a Federalist make to support ratification of the Constitution? 8.17(A)

    answer choices

    The Constitution will enable states to nullify laws that are harmful to citizens.

    A strong federal government will be more stable than a loose confederation of states.

    The Constitution will allow states to establish banks to stabilize the national economy.

    A republican system of government will better represent large states.

  • Question 10
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which amendment prohibits federal and state governments from carrying out these actions? 8.25(C)

    answer choices

    The First Amendment

    The Second Amendment

    The Fifth Amendment

    The Tenth Amendment

  • Question 11
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What assurance did this argument give to those who opposed ratifying the Constitution? 8.4(E)

    answer choices

    The amendment process would allow state governments to nullify federal law.

    Making the federal government superior to state governments would ensure greater stability.

    The rights of citizens would be better protected by having both federal and state levels of government.

    Giving greater power to the federal government would allow it to assist states in times of crisis.

  • Question 12
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Why were southern delegates to the Constitutional Convention willing to accept the Three-Fifths Compromise? 8.4(D)

    answer choices

    It increased the political influence of the South.

    It allowed indentured servants in the South to become citizens.

    It decreased the federal tax on property in the South.

    It allowed the South to expand its industrial output.

  • Question 13
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Why was it difficult for Congress to fulfill its duties under the Articles of Confederation? 8.15(B)

    answer choices

    Any congressional action required executive approval.

    Congress lacked the power to declare war.

    Most congressional decisions required the approval of at least nine states.

    Congress lacked the power to regulate foreign trade.

  • Question 14
    120 seconds
    Q.

    During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, George Mason argued — 8.17(A)

    answer choices

    against increased power for the national government

    for the dissolution of state governments

    against the passage of a bill of rights

    for the creation of a strong executive branch

  • Question 15
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which document was the focus of this presentation? 8.15(B)

    answer choices

    The Mayflower Compact

    The Articles of Confederation

    The Virginia Declaration of Rights

    The Declaration of Independence

  • Question 16
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which amendment provides for the protections described in this list? 8.19(B)

    answer choices

    First Amendment

    Fourth Amendment

    Fifth Amendment

    Tenth Amendment

  • Question 17
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which excerpt from the U.S. Constitution best illustrates the principle of popular sovereignty? 8.15(D)

    answer choices

    “Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own


    Members. . . .”

    “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year

    by the People of the several States. . . .”

    “The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore. . . .”

    “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives,

    shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.”

  • Question 18
    120 seconds
    Q.

    The Twelfth Amendment established a new process for choosing a president and a vice president. The purpose of this amendment was to — 8.16(A)

    answer choices

    prevent the concentration of power in the executive branch

    ease the eligibility requirements for holding federal office

    keep state officials from exerting undue influence on presidential elections

    reduce the likelihood of disputed outcomes in presidential elections

  • Question 19
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Conflicting interpretations of this amendment played a major role in the — 8.17(B)

    answer choices

    Bank War

    Nullification Crisis

    Corrupt Bargain

    XYZ Affair

  • Question 20
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which speaker is in favor of ratifying the Constitution? 8.4(E)

    answer choices

    Speaker 1

    Speaker 2

    Speaker 3

    Speaker 4

  • Question 21
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which of these is a guarantee in the First Amendment? 8.25(C)

    answer choices

    States have the power to regulate public education.

    People can choose whether and how to participate in religious services.

    Persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    Citizens have the right to be judged by a jury of their peers.

  • Question 22
    120 seconds
    Q.

    This provision is a response to which grievance from the Declaration of Independence? 8.15(C)

    answer choices

    “For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever . . .”

    “For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government . . .”

    “He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records.”

    “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners.”

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