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Cultural Literacy Test - Civics II

Take your time with the following cultural literacy test. If you select the correct answer it will be highlighted in green and the related information will be shown. If the first answer selected is incorrect, it will be highlighted in yellow, indicating try again. If the second answer selected is incorrect, the correct answer will be displayed. See the Bibliography to learn more about this test.

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1. The landmark Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson
gave blacks equal rights under the law
required "separate but equal" treatment for whites and blacks
freed slaves in Southern states
established quotas for hiring minorities in federal positions
2. The Voting Rights Act of 1965
eliminated literacy tests for voters
required literacy tests for voters
gave eighteen-year-olds the vote
gave blacks the vote
3. The right of parties in a case to appeal a decision means
the trial must begin again with brand-new evidence
the jury may reconsider their decision for thirty days
the decision may be reversed or upheld by a higher court
the decision was unwarranted and did not stand up to scrutiny
4. What is the Bill of Rights?
the first ten amendments to the Constitution
the first paragraph of the Declaration of Indepen­dence
the code of laws of the thirteen colonies
any constitution created by a state government
5. The historic separation of church and state in the United States
makes it possible for schools to teach creationism
enables the Senate to begin each day with a prayer
forbids the support with public funds of religious groups
means that Christmas is not a federal holiday
6. The system of checks and balances was designed to
make it easier for Congress to pay for federal pro­grams
keep one branch of government from overpowering another
assign the enforcement of laws to the judicial branch
allow the chief executive to select a cabinet
7. To be a democracy, a country must
have a constitution and elected representatives
provide economic equality and equal opportunity
allow each citizen one vote on each issue
none of the above
8. You may sue someone for libel if that person
publishes something that is incorrect
publishes a lie that injures you personally or profes­sionally
uses your name without your consent
publishes your writing without your consent
9. Which statement best expresses the primary tenet of socialism and communism?
Economic equality is preferable to private control of resources.
The people belong to the state.
Commerce should be free of governmental interfer­ence.
The acquisition of empire is the lifeblood of the
10. What is a prime minister?
the head of state in Great Britain
a high-ranking member of the aristocracy
the leader of the Anglican Church
the head of a parliamentary government
11. If you oppose capital punishment, you do not want
convicted criminals to face the death penalty
physical punishment of students by teachers
heads of state to face impeachment
unreasonable search and seizure
12. A nation with a bicameral legislature
is run by a premier and cabinet
is run by the direct vote of the people
has two legislative houses
has two political parties
13. According to the decision in the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade,
segregation in public schools violates equal protec­tion
a wife may charge her husband with rape and assault
the Constitution protects the rights of the unborn
states may not forbid abortion in the first two trimesters
14. The Iowa caucuses are held in order to
select a candidate for president
send delegates to party conventions
determine which party has more support
allow voters to indicate issues of concern
15. The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 did all of the following except
prohibit criticism of the government
require fourteen years' residency for naturalization
allow the president to deport or arrest "dangerous" immigrants
restrict the immigration of non-Europeans
16. Strictly-defined, liberalism versus conservatism means
change versus preservation of the status quo
government control versus individual freedom
secular humanism versus religious fundamentalism
equal opportunity versus individualism
17. Which of the following is not an example of civil dis­obedience?
passive resistance
nonpayment of taxes
18. A writ of habeas corpus is intended
to allow a prisoner to hire a lawyer at the public's expense
to suspend civil liberties in times of war
to prevent arbitrary imprisonment and ensure ju­dicial review
to prevent defendants from having to incriminate themselves
19. Which of these is always true of the U.S. Congress?
The majority party in the Senate also leads the House.
The House and Senate may be led by different parties.
If one party leads the House, another leads the Senate.
No one party may dominate either house.
20. If defendants in a case invoke the Fifth Amendment, or "plead the Fifth," they
are asking for extra time to prepare a case
are invoking the right not to testify against them­selves
are refusing to answer all questions posed by the judge
can be retried later for the same offense
21. Which of the following is not true of bills in the U.S. Congress?
Bills become laws if they are approved by Congress and the president.
Only the House can initiate a bill asking for higher taxes.
If a bill is not passed in one session of Congress, it dies.
The Senate may not add to or change a bill from the House.
22. What is a nomination?
an executive's selection of an appointee
a party's selection of a candidate for office
a or b
neither a nor b
23. The case of Miranda v. Arizona gave suspects in a crime
the ability to plead guilty to a lesser charge
the right to due process and judicial review
the right to be informed of their rights
money to hire an attorney to represent them
24. The U.S. attorney general has all of these duties except
running the Department of Justice
advising the president in legal matters
nominating Supreme Court justices
overseeing cases that involve the government
25. A defense attorney represents the accused, and a pros­ecuting attorney represents
the victim
the state
the convicted
the court
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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