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

Powers that are not enumerated or prohibited by the Constitution, but are instead left for the states.

A
Implied powers
B
Reserved powers
C
Concurrent powers
D
Delegated powers
Question 2

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
Divided government
B
Federal system
C
Representative democracy
D
Unitary system
Question 3

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
Grant-in-aid program
B
Revenue sharing program
C
Block grant
D
Categorical grant
Question 4

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

A
Checks and balances
B
Limited government
C
Federalism
D
Popular sovereignty
Question 5

According to this theory of democractic government, policy is decided by a small number of powerful politicians, wealthy corporate leaders, and military officers.

A
Pluralist theory
B
Bureaucratic theory
C
Hyperpluralist theory
D
Power elite theory
Question 6

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
Pluralist theory
B
Bureaucratic theory
C
Hyperpluralist theory
D
Traditional democratic theory
Question 7

A system of government in which powers are constitutionally divided between a national government and regional governments.

A
Limited government
B
Federalism
C
Direct democracy
D
Majority rule
Question 8

The transfer of power from the federal government to state and local governments.

A
Revenue sharing
B
Devolution
C
Federalism
D
Dual federalism
Question 9

Powers that are not enumerated in the Constitution, but can be inferred from it.

A
Implied powers
B
Expressed powers
C
Reserved powers
D
Delegated powers
Question 10

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
Hyperpluralist theory
C
Power elite theory
D
Bureaucratic theory
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