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STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why did Johnson launch Operation Pierce Arrow in August, 1964?

Question 2 2. What was the name of the South Vietnamese-led mission to gather intelligence on and harass the North Vietnamese?

Question 3 3. Under the War Powers Resolution, how long can the President pursue military action before he has to seek additional Congressional authorization or a declaration of war?

Question 4 4. What constitutional clause allows the legislative branch to remain flexible and adjust with the circumstances that changing times require?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is NOT a function of the judicial branch?

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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. The main role of the Supreme Court is to...

Question 8 8. What were the conditions in which the president could add new judges?

Question 9 9. In 1964, Congress granted President Johnson the authority to use military force against North Vietnam. What was the name of this joint Congressional action?

Question 10 10. How many extra judges did the judicial procedures Reform Bill allow the president to add?

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Question 11 11. What is 'judicial review'?

Question 12 12. 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 13 13. A member of the House of Representatives must be this many years old:

Question 14 14. How does the presence of the Vice President impact the functioning of the Senate?

Question 15 15. How often do Supreme Court justices come up for reelection?

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Question 16 16. When was the last formal declaration of war by the United States?

Question 17 17. Which of the following is NOT a power of our President?

Question 18 18. On election night, what happened that added a sense of chaos to the results of the presidential election?

Question 19 19. Who was president when Al Gore was vice president?

Question 20 20. Who was the Republican challenger to Al Gore when he ran for president?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following was an aspect of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution?

Question 22 22. What was the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill frequently called?

Question 23 23. What president attempted to introduce the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill?

Question 24 24. Which landmark Supreme Court case helped to clarify its role in the US government?

Question 25 25. What was one of the primary concerns of the Gore team concerning the recount?

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Question 26 26. The main responsibility of the executive branch is to:

Question 27 27. When a bill is introduced to the legislative branch it is first:

Question 28 28. Who is the head of the executive branch?

Question 29 29. The War Powers Resolution was passed in response to which act?

Question 30 30. The U.S. president has the ability to do what?

STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances Chapter Exam Instructions

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