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 in which each branch of government is able to monitor and restrain the other branches.

A
Popular sovereignty
B
Limited government
C
Checks and balances
D
Federalism
Question 2
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
Categorical grant
B
Revenue sharing program
C
Grant-in-aid program
D
Block grant
Question 3
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
Unitary system
B
Representative democracy
C
Federal system
D
Divided government
Question 4
A system of government in which powers are constitutionally divided between a national government and regional governments.

A
Direct democracy
B
Majority rule
C
Limited government
D
Federalism
Question 5
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
Bureaucratic theory
B
Pluralist theory
C
Traditional democratic theory
D
Hyperpluralist theory
Question 6
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
Pluralist theory
B
Bureaucratic theory
C
Hyperpluralist theory
D
Power elite theory
Question 7
Powers that are not enumerated in the Constitution, but can be inferred from it.

A
Delegated powers
B
Reserved powers
C
Implied powers
D
Expressed powers
Question 8
According to this theory of democractic government, policy is decided by a small number of powerful politicians, wealthy corporate leaders, and military officers.

A
Power elite theory
B
Bureaucratic theory
C
Pluralist theory
D
Hyperpluralist theory
Question 9
Powers that are not enumerated or prohibited by the Constitution, but are instead left for the states.

A
Concurrent powers
B
Reserved powers
C
Delegated powers
D
Implied powers
Question 10
The transfer of power from the federal government to state and local governments.

A
Dual federalism
B
Devolution
C
Revenue sharing
D
Federalism
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