Practice Test: History of the U.S. Democracy and Federalism                                          Page 837


History of U.S. Democracy:

1.        Who wrote and announced the Declaration of Independence? In what year?

2.        Who wrote the Bill of Rights? What year was it introduced?

3.        Who was the first president inaugurated under the United States Constitution?

4.        When was slavery outlawed as an economic system? By what measure?

5.        In what year did the drafting of the Articles of Confederation begin?

6.        When was the Constitution of the United States effected?

7.        In what year did the Civil War end?

8.        What year was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?


9.        When the Civil War began, 11 states ratified the ___________________________________.

10.     In the Civil War, the ____________ was led by President Lincoln, and the __________________________ by Davis.

11.     Who delivered the Gettysburg Address?

12.     What court case declared the Missoury Compromise unconstitutional, helping lead to the Civil War?

13.     What court case declared the implied powers of the federal government?

14.     What court case declared judicial review for the federal government?

15.     Who was the first president of the U.S.A. Confederation?

16.     What event helped lead to the Constitutional Convention?

17.     Which group wrote the U.S. Constitution?

18.     Who wrote the Federalist Papers?

19.     Who was Publius?




1)       Thomas Jefferson, 1776; 2) James Madison, 1789; 3) George Washington; 4) 1865 through the Thirteenth Amendment; 5) 1776;

6) 1789; 7) 1865; 8) 1865; 9) Constitution of the Confederate States of America 10) Union (United States of America); Confederacy (Confederate States of America); 11) Abraham Lincoln; 12) Dred Scott v. Sanford; 13) McCulloch v. Maryland;

14) Marbury v. Madison; 15) John Hanson; 16) Shay’s rebellion; 17) The Federalists; 18) Publius; 19) Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.





1.        Two levels created by the operation of the principle of federalism are _____________ and _________________.

2.        Three branches of the American system of government are ________________, ________________ and _______________.

3.        The constitutional powers shared by the federal government and the states is called ________________________.

4.        What are the three forms of government classified according to the amount of power given to its central government and to its regional units?

5.        Which of these has a weak central government, with more power given to each individual state? Confederation form, Federal from or Unitary form of government?

6.        Which of them is the compromise form, used by the U.S.A. since1789?


7.        What are the five levels of government?

8.        What is the Federal government’s primary source of taxes?

9.        What is the State government’s primary tax source?

10.     What is the County’s primary tax source?*

11.     What is the City’s primary tax source?*

12.     What is the Special district’s primary tax source?*

13.     A categorical grant, or grant-in-aid, is awarded by the __________________ for specific purposes.

14.     When the federal government annually awards monies to state and local governments with so stipulations as to how it is spent this program is called _____________________.

15.     The ____________ (type of federal aide to states and local governments) allows state and local agencies a greater degree of flexibility in expenditures than the other kinds.




1)Federal, State; 2) Executive, Legislative and Judiciary; 3) concurrent; 4) Unitary government, Confederation, and Federal 5) Confederation form of government; 6) Federal form of government; 7) Federal, State, local: County, City and Special district; 8)Individual federal income tax; 9) state sales’ taxes; 10) property taxes, before Proposition 13 ; 11) property taxes, before Proposition 13; 12) property taxes, before Proposition 13; 13) federal government; 14) revenue sharing; 15) block grant.