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The Core Principles of American Government

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Congress recently voted on a law that would allow the retroactive principle of increased taxation. The president vetoed the bill, but was eventually overruled by a 2/3 majority of Congress. In the end, the Supreme Court declared the bill unconstitutional. Why is this an example of the separation of powers?

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1. Which core principle states that the government operates only with the people's consent and authority?

2. Congress recently voted on a law that would allow the implementation of harsher sentences for people working in the NSA who disclose confidential information. The president vetoed the bill, but was eventually overruled by a 2/3 majority of Congress. In the end, the Supreme Court declared the bill unconstitutional. The actions taken by the Supreme Court are an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Founding Fathers believed in several core principles when establishing early American government. Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of some of the core principles the Founding Fathers espoused.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following core principles of American government:

  • Limited government
  • Separation of powers
  • Popular sovereignty
  • Federalism
  • Checks and balances

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the core principles of American government
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as separation of powers and checks and balances
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding federalism

Additional Learning

For further information, review the accompanying lesson titled The Core Principles of American Government. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the five core principles of American government
  • Define each of the five core principles
  • Give an example of each of the five core principles
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