Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government


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A government has only those powers the people have expressly given to it. Which of the following best describes such a government?

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1. There were several murders in Washington State. The Washington State police and attorney's office have jurisdiction there, but so does the FBI. This is due to which of the following?

2. The president claims that he can, through the use of executive action, assume some of the authority of Congress. He claims that Congress is moving the country in the wrong direction and that he should be the one making the laws. Which of the following would such an action breach?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Our founding fathers tied their new government's hands, expressly limiting government powers in order to protect the people from government intrusions. You can assess your knowledge of these limitations using this worksheet, which includes the history that led to limited government and the methods by which the government's powers are limited.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will test your knowledge of limited government, including:

  • The definition of limited government and who gave the government its powers
  • The term that defines a method of governance that allows for two or more entities to have their own respective jurisdiction over the same geographical region
  • The term that defines the circumstance where government powers are not shared, but divided into separate branches
  • The term that means a government branch has powers intended to prevent another branch from exercising too much power
  • The term that describes how federal laws supersede state laws

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the Supremacy Clause
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as federalism and limited government
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can access information regarding the separation of powers and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of limited government to answer questions about related topics, such as the purpose of the Tenth Amendment

Additional Learning

To learn more about the history and purpose of limited government, review the accompanying lesson about Limited Government in the Constitution. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how limited government works and describe how it was created
  • Define federalism and describe the powers exercised under this principle
  • Understand how the Tenth Amendment applies under federalism
  • Know what the Supremacy Clause is and how it applies to states
  • Define separation of powers and describe how the principle of checks and balances works