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AP Govt Ch3 Federalism

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  • Q1
    Ultimate authority is assigned to to the national government and subnational governments exercise only the powers the central government chooses to delegate in a(n) ____________ system.
  • Q2
    Most countries today operate under a(n) _______________ form of government
  • Q3
    The system consisting of a league of independent states, each having essentially sovereign powers and a central government with limited powers is known as a(n) _____ system
  • Q4
    In American government's federal framework, supreme and independent political authority is _______
    reserved to the states, or to the people
    shared between the national and state governments
    the concern of only the national government
    vested in the three branches of government
  • Q5
    The central government can make laws that are directly applicable to member states and those states can choose not to support the laws under a ______ system of government
  • Q6
    Authority is divided, usually by a written constitution, between a central government and constituent (state) governments in a(n) ______
    confederal system
    federal system
    unitary system
  • Q7
    During the time of the Constitutional Convention, Federalism was an appealing compromise because it _____.
    prevented cities and states from being dominated. by a single group or faction
    permitted states to nullify actions of the national government
    allowed Americans to gain uniform benefits as they moved from state to state
    maintained state traditions wile crating a strong national government to handle common problems
  • Q8
    The advantages of a federal system of government include which of the following
    Smaller political units, such as cities and states, are less likely to be dominated by a single political group
    All Americans gain the benefit of uniformity policies in every state, ensuring the same level of educational spending and achievement as well as crime prevention efforts for every person no matter where they live
    State governments are frequently testing grounds for new governmental initiatives
    The federal government is the focal point of political dissatisfaction for the people of the nation thus sparing lower levels of government from criticism.
  • Q9
    Federalism allows the existence of political subcultures that have proved instrumental in ________.
    driving reform at the national level
    preventing most reforms at the national level
    driving reforms that are efficient and speedy
    preventing most reforms at the state level
  • Q10
    Critics of federalism maintain that ________
    there is no check on the powers of the national government
    Americans suffer as a result of the inequalities across the states
    the system allows too much power at the state level
    the system allows too much power at the local level
  • Q11
    When examining the Constitution _________.
    a systematic division of governmental authority between the national and state governments is not defined
    The powers specifically granted to the state governments are addressed in subsections under the division of powers to the legislative executive and judicial branches
    the powers specifically granted to the state governments can be found in Article IV
    references to the establishment of a federal system of government are made in the Preamble
  • Q12
    The power to in money create naturalization laws adit new states, and declare war are examples of _______ powers
  • Q13
    The final provision in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, sometimes known as the "elastic clause," _________
    states that Congress can declare war in situations that can be characterized as demanding flexibility
    identifies five ways that enumerated powers can be carried out
    states that Congress can make laws that are necessary and proper to carry out its enumerated powers
    lists the enumerated powers of Congress
  • Q14
    _________ powers constitute a special category of federal power that derive from the fact that the United States, as a sovereign power among nations, must be the only level of government to deal with other nations.
  • Q15
    Powers not given to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the states, are ________
    known as enumerated powers
    identified as implied powers
    nonetheless retained by the federal government
    reserved to the states
  • Q16
    When a state government passes a law that permits same-sex couples to marry they are exercising their _____
    delegated power
    concurrent power
    police power
    inherent power
  • Q17
    When examining the Constitution the reserved powers are not clearly defined because the _______
    states had all the power when the Constitution was written because of the Articles of Confederation
    majority of power was to be retained bu the people with individual rights taking priority over those of the state governments
    issue of slavery prevented a list of specific powers from being drafted by the founders
    national government was developing a detailed list but preferred to establish a basic foundation before moving forward
  • Q18
    Powers held jointly by the national government and by state governments are known as ________
  • Q19
    Most concurrent powers _________
    are not specifically stated in the constitution, but are only implied
    can be traced to Article IV
    have been held to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court
    prevent Congress from regulating business within specific states
  • Q20
    which of the following is an example of a concurrent power?
    the power to tax
    the power to print money
    the power to regulate interstate commerce
    the power to declare war

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