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The Constitution

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  • Q1
    Who can become an American citizen through the process of naturalization?
    a person born on U.S. soil to parents who are not U.S. citizens
    a person born on U.S. soil to parents who are U.S. citizens
    a person born on foreign soil to parents who are not U.S. citizens
    a person born on foreign soil to parents who are U.S. citizens
  • Q2
    In 1898, the Supreme Court decided an important case on citizenship, United States v. Wong Kim Ark. Here is an excerpt from the decision: “Wong Kim Ark was born in 1873 in the city of San Francisco, in the State of California and United States of America, and was and is a laborer. His father and mother were persons of Chinese descent, and subjects of the Emperor of China; . . . [In 1894] he (being about twenty-one years of age, but whether a little above or a little under that age does not appear) . . . departed for China on a temporary visit and with the intention of returning to the United States, and he did return thereto by sea in August, 1895, and applied to the collector of customs for permission to land, and was denied such permission upon the sole ground that he was not a citizen of the United States.” The Supreme Court ruled in Wong Kim Ark’s favor, saying that he was an American citizen based on the Fourteenth Amendment. Upon which idea would this ruling have been based?
    Wong Kim Ark was over 18 years of age.
    Wong Kim Ark’s parents were American citizens.
    Wong Kim Ark was a naturalized citizen.
    Wong Kim Ark was born on American soil.
  • Q3
    Which statement describes the right of citizens to due process of law?
    The government cannot make a law prohibiting the right of citizens to petition the government.
    The government must treat people fairly and follow established procedures.
    The government can exercise only those powers granted to it specifically in the Constitution.
    The government must treat people the same under the law, regardless of race, religion, or political beliefs.
  • Q4
    Which passage from the Constitution describes the First Amendment rights of Americans?
    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place, to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
    “The right of the citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
    “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assembly, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
  • Q5
    Which line in the table correctly matches the amendment with the segment of the population that was granted voting rights?
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    line 1
    line 2
    line 4
    line 3
  • Q6
    How did the Twenty-Fourth Amendment help expand voting rights?
    It outlawed poll taxes as a qualification to vote.
    It required voting districts to be redrawn to accurately reflect population growth.
    It required all states to allow naturalized citizens to vote.
    It outlawed written tests as a qualification to vote.
  • Q7
    “The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body. If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute.” The Federalist, No. 78 Which constitutional principle does this passage best describe?
    limited government
    popular sovereignty
    checks and balances
  • Q8
    The Supremacy Clause relates most closely to which principle of the Constitution?
    separation of powers
    individual rights
    checks and balances
  • Q9
    Which terms complete this graphic organizer?
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    Federal powers: reserved powers; State powers: implied powers
    Federal powers: reserved powers; State powers: enumerated powers
    Federal powers: enumerated powers; State powers: reserved powers
    Federal powers: enumerated powers; State powers: implied powers
  • Q10
    In what way can the executive branch check the power of the judicial branch?
    The executive branch can veto legislation.
    The executive branch can refuse to approve treaties.
    The executive branch can appoint judges.
    The executive branch can impeach judges.

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