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Ch. 4 Federalism

Quiz by David Trees

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  • Q1

    Which of the following is the best description of federalism?

    A supreme federal government grants certain powers to states.

    National, state, and local governments share equally in governing.National, state, and local governments share equally in governing.

    States delegate some of their powers to a national government.

    Different levels of government share authority over the same land and people.

  • Q2

    The Framers of the Constitution got many ideas about governing from which of the following?


    leaders of the Latin American independence movement

    Homer and the Greek poets

    European philosophers of the eighteenth century

    documents of the French Revolution

  • Q3

    Which of the following is an expressed power of the federal government that is not shared with the states?


    creating a national bank

    regulating the possession of guns

    declaring war

    collecting taxes

  • Q4

    Which of the following is an implied power of the federal government?

    coining money

    declaring war

    regulating radio and TV stations

    regulating interstate commerce

  • Q5

    Which of the following is a power reserved to the states?

    collecting taxes

    controlling public school systems

    establishing court systemsestablishing court systems

    printing money

  • Q6

    Creating local governments is which type of power?





  • Q7

    The power to borrow money is which type of power?





  • Q8

    What is the meaning of the supremacy clause?


    If federal and state laws conflict, valid federal laws take precedence.

    State judges have the final word in all cases arising under state law.State judges have the final word in all cases arising under state law.

    The Supreme Court has the final word in all court cases in the United States.

    States are supreme in all areas not delegated to the federal government.

  • Q9

    The federal government is denied the power to do which of the following?

    regulate the possession of drugs

    take away freedom of speech

    establish duties on imports

    deprive a person of liberty

  • Q10

    No level of government may try a person under an ex post facto law, meaning a law that was passed

    after the suspect was found not guilty.after the suspect was found not guilty.

    before the Constitution was adopted.

    after the alleged crime took place.

    before the suspect was arrested.

  • Q11

    Under the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution, a state must

    honor the public acts and court proceedings of other states.honor the public acts and court proceedings of other states.

    return any taxes withheld from the paychecks of workers from other states.

    respect the First Amendment rights of residents of other states.

    respond in a timely manner to inquiries from residents of other states.

  • Q12

    The main responsibility for resolving conflicts between the states and the federal government lies with which of the following?

    U.S. Supreme Court


    state supreme courts


  • Q13

    How was the relationship between the federal and state governments generally understood during the period of dual federalism?

    Federal and state governments were each sovereign in their own sphere.Federal and state governments were each sovereign in their own sphere.

    The federal and state governments worked together to solve problems.

    The state governments were more important than the federal government.

    The federal government had broad powers to enforce civil rights over state opposition.

  • Q14

    Which of the following was a key issue in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland?


    Could Congress impose federal mandates on state governments?

    Could states nullify acts of Congress that they disliked?

    Did a state have to return a runaway slave to another state?

    Could a state tax a federal institution?

  • Q15

    According to the doctrine of nullification, states could

    refuse to obey or enforce federal laws with which they disagreed.

    cancel debts owed by their residents to citizens of other states.

    secede from the Union and form a new nation.

    appeal directly to the Supreme Court any act of Congress to which they objected.


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