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Penn Foster Exam Answers
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Individual Assignment: The Political Process 986039
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986039 The Political Process

1. Which of the following federal law enforcement agencies does not operate under the
Department of the Treasury?
A. Investigative Division for Counterfeiting and Forgery
B. The Secret Service
C. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
D. The Division of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)
2. The largest proportion of federal revenues comes from
A. excise taxes.
B. social insurance taxes.
C. borrowing.
D. personal income taxes.
3. The outcome of the 2000 presidential election was decided by a
A. majority of the popular vote.
B. careful recount of the Florida votes.
C. majority vote of the electoral college.
D. decision of the Supreme Court.
4. Which of the following best describes the United States government?
A. Representative democracy
B. Dictatorship
C. Direct democracy
D. Executive rule
5. In 2001, what percentage of federal government revenue was collected from corporate income
A. 6
B. 32
C. 48
D. 10
6. Which of the following individuals can become a naturalized citizen?
A. Anyone born inside the United States
B. Anyone born outside the United States to parents who are both citizens of the United States
C. Anyone born in a United States possession, as long as one parent is a citizen of the United
D. Anyone born outside the United States to parents who arent citizens of the United States
7. Under the _______ Amendment, you have the right to know the charges brought against you
and to
question witnesses who bring evidence against you.
A. Fifth

B. Sixth
C. Second
D. First
8. A primary source for getting specific information on a particular bill is
A. the Constitution.
B. Washington daily newspapers.
C. the Congressional Record.
D. your state representative.
9. Under the Constitution of the United States, you may not be deprived of life, liberty, or
property, without
A. being suspected of a crime.
B. being charged with a crime.
C. due process of law.
D. due respect for law.
10. Regarding the Electoral College, which of the following statements is false?
A. The electoral college is located in Washington, D.C.
B. The electoral vote results are transmitted to the Secretary of State.
C. If there were 600 electors, 301 electoral votes would win the presidential election.
D. Electors vote on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.
11. What rights does the Declaration of Independence express?
A. The right to remain silent when interrogated by police
B. Human rights of citizens, including life and liberty
C. Legal rights of citizens
D. The right to citizenship
12. A war in Mexico would be under the _______ Command.
A. Pacific
B. Central
C. Southern
D. Northern
13. Suppose youre interested in finding information on your senators and representatives and on
current bills before Congress. Which one of the following resources would be best for this
A. History books
B. Your public library
C. Your local newspaper
D. Television

14. What is the term utilized when union workers refuse to work due to contractual
A. WPA Act
B. Sunshine law
C. Strike
D. Labor law violation
15. Which of these statements about the Cuban Missile Crisis is true?
A. Nikita Khrushchev wished to goad Kennedy into invading Cuba and starting a war.
B. Fidel Castros government had manufactured guided missiles.
C. President Kennedy removed nuclear missiles from Turkey to resolve the crisis.
D. President Kennedy called Nikita Khrushchev on the hotline.
16. Youre most likely to pay your county or town taxes in the form of a/an _______ tax.
A. excise
B. income
C. property
D. sales
17. If you were a specialist working for the National Security Agency, your main job would
likely be
A. working in the field to carry out covert operations.
B. analyzing and breaking coded messages.
C. electronic surveillance.
D. analyzing data from spy satellites.
18. Which one of the following is an example of an entitlement?
A. Serving in the military
B. The right to vote
C. Receiving Social Security
D. Freedom of speech
19. Why does the Central Intelligence Agency have more freedom of action than other federal
A. Both its budget and operations are secret.
B. It carries out U.S. foreign policy under the FBI.
C. It answers to Congress only for its financial needs.
D. The agency doesnt report to anyone.
20. In general, you would expect the platform of a political party to
A. consist of party leaders called planks.
B. guide the political issues of the partys candidate.

C. determine the outcome of a general election.
D. lead to a national convention.
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Individual Assignment: Government in the United States 986038
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986038 Government in the United States
1. Suppose Bill HR612 is currently in Congress. One thing you know about this bill is that it
A. has been vetoed by the president.
B. has no riders attached.
C. originated in the House of Representatives.
D. is currently in committee.
2. The _______ was developed during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson.
A. Peace Corps
B. Works Progress Administration
C. Rural Electrification Administration
D. Upward Bound Project
3. In legislative terms, a bill is a proposal
A. made in the House of Representatives.
B. made in the Senate.
C. for any law.
D. that has reached committee for debate.
4. Which of the following choices best represents the organization of the executive branch of
A. Congress, bicameral, judicial
B. Senate, president, legislature
C. President, executive departments, individual federal agencies
D. President, Supreme Court, Congress
5. On a tour of several states, you discover a county governed under a state law that permits
home rule.
The county chooses its own form of government. Youre probably in the state of
A. Iowa.
B. Oregon.

C. Texas.
D. California.
6. The stipulation requiring that accused persons be told they have the right to remain silent
stems from
A. the Monroe Doctrine.
B. Marbury v. Arizona.
C. Miranda v. Arizona.
D. the Patriot Act.
7. The Brady Bill is related to gun control, and the Wagner Act is related to
A. civil rights.
B. the right to privacy.
C. organized labor.
D. due process.
8. In states, cities, and townships, traffic courts are courts of limited
A. jurisdiction.
B. claims.
C. appeal.
D. pleas.
9. By law, all tax laws must originate with the
A. Senate.
B. House of Representatives.
D. President.
10. In addition to replacing the president if necessary, its the duty of the vice president to
A. serve as liaison to the judicial branch.
B. preside over the Senate.
C. serve as Speaker of the House.
D. review laws before the president signs them.
11. One factor determining the number of representatives for a given congressional district is the
distribution of _______ within the state.
A. registered voters
B. jobs
C. population
D. wealth
12. Suppose you walk into the Capitol in Washington and ask to interview the most prominent
person in

the entire Congress. If youre lucky, youll get an appointment with the
A. vice president of the United States.
B. Speaker of the House.
C. chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
D. president pro tempore of the Senate.
13. Supreme Court Justices are appointed for a term of
A. 14 years.
B. 6 years.
C. 2 years.
D. life.
14. In the state of Minnesota, Jude Flaw appears in court as plaintiff. The defendant charges that
Mr. Flaw failed to complete plumbing work he promised to do. He and his workmen also left a
lot of water damage.
This kind of case is most likely to be tried in
A. a civil court as breach of contract.
B. a criminal court as a misdemeanor.
C. a criminal court as breach of contract.
D. a civil court as a misdemeanor.
15. If both the president and the vice president are unable to fulfill their duties, who takes over as
A. Attorney general
B. President pro tempore of the Senate
C. Speaker of the House
D. Secretary of state
16. If youre a member of the U.S. Navy, your organization is part of the
A. Department of Transportation.
B. Department of Defense.
C. Department of Commerce.
D. Department of the Interior.
17. What was the purpose of Franklin Roosevelts WPA?
A. To improve the quality of health care in America
B. To prepare America for victory in World War II
C. To improve Americas relations with foreign powers during the Cold War
D. To help get America through the Great Depression
18. Suppose a bill arrives on the desk of the president of the United States. It originated in the
Senate. He decides on a pocket veto. This will be possible for him only if
A. Congress is about to adjourn.

B. the House still has the bill in committee.
C. the House has not passed the Senate bill.
D. the Senate is in recess, but about to convene.
19. Which of the presidents listed below did not attain the presidency due to the death of a
A. Millard Fillmore
B. John Tyler
C. Gerald Ford
D. Chester Arthur
20. The system of checks and balances failed under Andrew Jackson when he
A. acted against a ruling of the Supreme Court.
B. failed to repeal the Patriot Act.
C. declared war without a declaration of war from Congress.
D. passed the Wagner Act.
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Individual Assignment: The United States Constitution 986037
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986037 The United States Constitution
1. Which one of the following statements is accurate for the Articles of Confederation?
A. There was no president.
B. Interstate commerce could be regulated.
C. There was only one central court.
D. Each state could veto a presidential decision.
2. The governmental body responsible for interpreting the Constitution is the
A. House of Representatives.
B. Supreme Court.
C. Senate.
D. president.
3. The _______ Amendment is the only constitutional amendment that was ratified by approval
of conventions in three-fourths of the states.
A. Eighteenth
B. Fifteenth

C. Twenty-Sixth
D. Twenty-First
4. John Quincy has been a citizen of the United States for 8 years. He is 27 years old. If John
decides to run for Congress, what are his options?
A. He wont ever be qualified to run for the Senate.
B. He can run for the Senate, but not the House.
C. He can run for the House, but not the Senate.
D. He cant run for the House or the Senate for at least one more year.
5. The Eighteenth Amendment, Prohibition, was reversed by the _______ Amendment.
A. Twenty-first
B. Nineteenth
C. Twenty-second
D. Twentieth
6. Although it seemed quite important in 1788, Amendment _______, barring the quartering of
soldiers in private homes, is outdated today.
C. V
7. Supporters of the New Jersey Plan
A. supported a bicameral legislature.
B. required that Senators be selected by a House of Representatives.
C. rejected the idea of three branches of government.
D. called for a legislature in which each state had one vote.
8. Suppose a bill has passed both the House and the Senate. It goes to the president at the
beginning of the annual session of Congress. The president doesnt sign the bill but holds it for
more than 10 days. What happens to the bill?
A. It becomes law.
B. It has been vetoed.
C. It cannot become law, but it has not been vetoed.
D. It becomes law only if two-thirds of the House and Senate vote for it.
9. Shays Rebellion encouraged national leaders to
A. repeal the Stamp Act.
B. repeal the Bill of Rights.
C. seek alternatives to the Articles of Confederation.
D. change the Declaration of Independence.

10. The original purpose of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to
A. elect the first president of the United States.
B. develop the principle of states rights.
C. revise the Articles of Confederation.
D. solve the slavery issue.
11. What was the main purpose of the Thirteenth Amendment?
A. It gave women the right to vote.
B. It overturned the Three-Fifths Compromise.
C. It guaranteed the right to vote regardless of race.
D. It abolished slavery.
12. Which part of the Constitution establishes the legislative branch of the government?
A. Amendment I
B. Article II
C. Article I
D. The Bill of Rights
13. The man who served as president of the Constitutional Convention was
A. Alexander Hamilton.
B. James Madison.
C. George Washington.
D. Thomas Jefferson.
14. What Supreme Court case established the principle of judicial review?
A. Heart of Atlanta Hotel v. United States
B. Marbury v. Madison
C. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas
D. Plessy v. Ferguson
15. Which statement about Shays Rebellion is false?
A. Daniel Shays resigned from the Continental Army.
B. Many among the Massachusetts militia joined the rebels.
C. The central government provided troops to quell the rebellion.
D. Poor farmers could be sent to debtors prison.
16. The process by which the Constitution was approved by the states is known as
A. impeachment.
B. ratification.
C. vetoing.
D. levying.

17. You feel every citizen has the right to own a gun. If you argue for that right based on the
Constitution, youre most likely to refer to
A. Amendment I.
B. Amendment IV.
C. Amendment VI.
D. Amendment II.
18. In light of Amendment VI, a 1963 Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainright specified
A. the definition of unreasonable bail.
B. court-appointed attorneys.
C. a timely trial.
D. the role of courts of civil law.
19. In 1786, Virginians called a convention in Annapolis to discuss problems with the
A. Bill of Rights.
B. Constitution.
C. Articles of Confederation.
D. Declaration of Independence.
20. Senator Dodd of Illinois was elected in 1998. If he decides to run again when his term
expires, in what year will the election occur?
A. 2004
B. 2002
C. 2006
D. 2005