Overview of Federalism in the United States Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. When a state law conflicts with a federal law, the state law will generally be declared unenforceable. This power comes from the _____.

Question 2 2. Any right that is not granted to the federal government is generally reserved to the states. This power comes from _____.

Question 3 3. In the United States, citizens are subject to federal, state, and local laws. This is known as _____.

Question 4 4. In order for a federal law to be declared 'supreme', it must _____.

Question 5 5. The United States Constitution replaced the _____.

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Question 6 6. A presidential nominee is talking about how he will completely reform the U.S. He has stated that he will propose a federal budget which will decrease the deficit by 50% in the next year, and that he will encourage a constructive relationship with China. He further states that he will recommend a law to increase pensions by 30%, and that he will retire all of the Supreme Court Justices and name new ones. Why are his remarks unconstitutional?

Question 7 7. How does the presence of the Vice President impact the functioning of the Senate?

Question 8 8. The U.S. Supreme Court was called upon to examine whether a law enacted by Congress regarding gun control breaches the Second Amendment. What grants the Supreme Court with the power to determine constitutionality in such a case?

Question 9 9. Which of the following is NOT a function of the judicial branch?

Question 10 10. How can the Senate and Congress maintain their role as a check in regards to the executive branch?

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Question 11 11. Why is it important for state governments to work well with the federal government?

Question 12 12. Which of the following is a characteristic of state constitutions?

Question 13 13. The _____ branch of state government includes the entire state court system.

Question 14 14. Ryan is an important government official working in the legislative branch. His duties include creating state legislation that can become state law, approving the state budget, and initiating tax legislation. How are Ryan's duties related to the duties of an official in the executive branch?

Question 15 15. During class, John said that the state's Supreme Court is comprised of public officials holding high ranking state positions, including the governor. Instead of the state's Supreme Court, John probably meant the _____ branch.

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Question 16 16. One major difference between county governments and municipal governments is:

Question 17 17. All of the following governmental departments are part of a municipality EXCEPT:

Question 18 18. Which of the following BEST describes a function of local government?

Question 19 19. This type of government is often the largest political subdivision within the state and is responsible for locally administering state laws and collecting taxes.

Question 20 20. A law, rule or regulation made and enforced by a city government is known as a _____.

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Question 21 21. Sometimes the states are required to follow a U.S. federal regulation in order to receive federal funding in that particular area. This rule is known as _____.

Question 22 22. The U.S. Supreme Court decides issues related to the division of _____ and _____ powers.

Question 23 23. The Clean Water Act, a federal law that regulates water pollution in the United States, is an example of _____.

Question 24 24. If Texas were to pass a law permitting taxation of merchants who ship goods into Texas from another state, overriding a federal law that forbids this form of taxation, what would the legal ramifications be?

Question 25 25. The jurisdiction of U.S. federal courts is _____.

Overview of Federalism in the United States Chapter Exam Instructions

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