Constitutional Terms Quiz

This Constitutional terms quiz covers important government vocabulary terms with respect to the Constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. Government. This includes the formulation and adoption of the Constitution, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and various theories of democratic government.

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Question 1
A system of government in which the central government is supreme, and subnational units of government only excercise power which the central government chooses to delegate.

A
Representative democracy
B
Unitary system
C
Divided government
D
Federal system
Question 2
A system of government in which powers are constitutionally divided between a national government and regional governments.

A
Direct democracy
B
Federalism
C
Majority rule
D
Limited government
Question 3
According to this theory of democractic government, policy is decided by a small number of powerful politicians, wealthy corporate leaders, and military officers.

A
Hyperpluralist theory
B
Bureaucratic theory
C
Pluralist theory
D
Power elite theory
Question 4
According to this theory of democratic government, interest groups are so strong that they weaken the government by pulling it in many different directions, which leads to ineffective and contradictory policies.

A
Bureaucratic theory
B
Power elite theory
C
Hyperpluralist theory
D
Pluralist theory
Question 5
Powers that are not enumerated in the Constitution, but can be inferred from it.

A
Delegated powers
B
Expressed powers
C
Reserved powers
D
Implied powers
Question 6
A system in which each branch of government is able to monitor and restrain the other branches.

A
Popular sovereignty
B
Federalism
C
Checks and balances
D
Limited government
Question 7
A large sum of money that is provided by the federal government to the state governments, which can be used by the states for a wide variety of purposes within a broad category.

A
Revenue sharing program
B
Grant-in-aid program
C
Block grant
D
Categorical grant
Question 8
Powers that are not enumerated or prohibited by the Constitution, but are instead left for the states.

A
Implied powers
B
Delegated powers
C
Concurrent powers
D
Reserved powers
Question 9
The transfer of power from the federal government to state and local governments.

A
Revenue sharing
B
Devolution
C
Dual federalism
D
Federalism
Question 10
According to this theory of democratic government, interest groups compete over power and control of public policy, which often leads to bargaining and compromise.

A
Hyperpluralist theory
B
Traditional democratic theory
C
Bureaucratic theory
D
Pluralist theory
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