Quiz 1 POL 201

| September 26, 2015
1. Which of these is NOT a power of the Executive Branch of government? (Points : 1)

Execute laws

Declare war

Issue pardons

Appoint judges


Question 2.2. What United States document establishes the core principles on which our government is based? (Points : 1)


Articles of Confederation

Bill of Rights

Magna Carta


Question 3.3. The Connecticut Plan, also known as the Great Compromise, combined elements of which two other plans during the Constitutional Convention of 1787? (Points : 1)

The New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan

The New York Plan and the Georgia Plan

The Massachusetts Plan and the Virginia Plan

The New York Plan and the Carolina Plan


Question 4.4. The events surrounding the Newburgh Conspiracy and Shay’s Rebellion highlighted fundamental weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation.  Which of these weaknesses can NOT be attributed to the national government under the Articles of Confederation? (Points : 1)

Inability to authorize the formation of new states

Inability to collect revenue from the people

Inability to change the Articles without unanimous approval of state legislatures.

Inability to regulate commerce.


Question 5.5. The conservative idea that limitations should be placed on state actions is known as __________. (Points : 1)

Delineated liberty

Positive liberty

Equitable liberty

Negative liberty


Question 6.6. The Articles of Confederation invested the greatest power in the individual states and left the national government weak and powerless. (Points : 1)




Question 7.7. Harold Lasswell’s statement of “who gets what, when, and how” is one definition of (Points : 1)






Question 8.8. Indirect democracy differs from direct democracy in that (Points : 1)

the people don’t get to vote.

the people elect representatives.

the government serves the public interest.

the people participate in public affairs and vote on all matters.


Question 9.9. The Federalist Papers were intended to (Points : 1)

demonstrate the evils of faction.

convince New Yorkers to petition their legislators to support ratification.

show that Virginia was not to be feared.

showcase the brilliance of Hamilton, Madison, and Jay.


Question 10.10. The Bill of Rights, as a whole, protects states’ rights because (Points : 1)

its prohibitions only apply to the national government.

it does not mention the people.

it does not mention the states.

it concerns the natural rights of the people.


Question 11.11. English philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke shared the view that all government arrangements should be based on what principle?

@Chapter 1.2 Core American Values (Points : 1)

Mutual interest


The Social Contract

Divine Right


Question 12.12. True or False: Republicanism prefers small governance units and assumes homogeneity while Liberalism tolerates diversity and is thus heterogeneous. (Points : 1)




Question 13.13. State delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were charged only with revising the Articles of Confederation, not with drafting a new Constitution. (Points : 1)




Question 14.14. The American system of government can be most accurately described as a _________. (Points : 1)



Representative Democracy

Constitutional Autocracy


Question 15.15. The most notable philosophies influencing America’s founding were

  (Points : 1)

divine right of kings.


liberalism and republicanism.

free markets.

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