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1. The Bill of Rights lists basic freedoms of citizens. One is freedom of assembly. Which of the following is an example of freedom of assembly? A. Marshall can attend a town meeting. B. Wendy can vote in an election. C. Hans can place Christmas decorations on his house. D. Bishop can write a letter supporting lower taxes. 2. Federalism is the division of powers between the different levels of government__national, state, and local. Which part of government at the state level enforces the laws? A. governor B. state legislature C. state court D. assembly 3. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to a poem that became our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Some of the words to that poem are as follows: Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming. . . What did Key mean by these words? A. Key saw the American flag still flying over Ft. McHenry after the British attack. B. Key saw the fireworks over the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. C. Key saw the British being defeated at the Battle of New Orleans. D. Key saw the celebration over the signing of the Declaration. 4. The Congress of the United States is divided into two chambers (houses)__the Senate and the House of Representatives. The number of senators from each state is A. the same for each state__five. B. based on the size of each state. C. the same for each state__two. D. based on the population of each state.

4thsocstudies_civics (4thsocstudies_civics) 5. Which of the following protects the right of Americans to publish newspapers, magazines, and books? A. states' rights B. freedom of religion C. freedom of the press D. separation of powers 6. The President of the United States represents which branch of government? A. legislative B. executive C. judicial D. international 7. A person driving a car needs to be very responsible. Which of the following BEST describes the driver's responsibilities? A. The driver needs to know how to drive and the rules of driving. B. The driver needs to know the rules of driving. C. The driver needs to know how the car works. D. The driver needs to know how to drive. 8. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. This was an example of A. freedom of religion. B. freedom of speech. C. freedom of petition. D. freedom of the press. 9. Which of the following is ONE responsibility of a good citizen? A. owning a house B. obeying the laws C. raising a family D. attending a college 10. Which region of the United States does NOT have any coastal plains? A. Northeast B. Midwest C. Southeast D. Northwest

4thsocstudies_civics (4thsocstudies_civics) 11. The Bill of Rights lists certain basic freedoms guaranteed to Americans. One is freedom of the press. Which is an example of freedom of the press? A. Mary writes articles in the paper about city government. B. Brenda moves to another city. C. Blake helps in a clean-up campaign. D. Jose attends one of the state universities. 12. There are many different systems of government. Why is the United States system of government considered a form of self-government? A. Citizens can veto laws passed by Congress. B. The public votes officials into office. C. There are specific guidelines for officeholders. D. Candidates are nominated through closed elections. 13. Members of the state legislature are thinking about raising the driving age. Some people are not in favor of this change. Which of the following would be the MOST effective action they could take? A. contact the person in charge of the state police B. write a letter to members of their city council C. contact members of the state legislature D. write a letter to their United States Senator 14. Thomas Paine was famous for his writings during the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Today, his writings would be protected by A. freedom of religion. B. freedom of the press. C. freedom of petition. D. freedom of assembly. 15. The Supreme Court decides that a law passed by Congress is unconstitutional. This example of checks and balances shows the A. legislative branch checking the judicial branch. B. judicial branch checking the legislative branch. C. executive branch checking the judicial branch. D. legislative branch checking the executive branch.

4thsocstudies_civics (4thsocstudies_civics) 16. "Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light" is the first line of our national anthem. What is the name of that song? A. "Georgia on My Mind" B. "America the Beautiful" C. "My Country 'Tis of thee" D. "The Star-Spangled Banner" 17. The President of the United States vetoes a bill from Congress. This example of checks and balances shows the A. judicial branch checking the legislative branch. B. executive branch checking the legislative branch. C. judicial branch checking the executive branch. D. legislative branch checking the judicial branch. 18. The physical environment affected the lives of Native Americans. Which one of the following statements best describes the life of the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest? A. They hunted buffalo and deer on the plains. B. They herded cattle and goats. C. They fished along the coast, rivers, and lakes. D. They grew corn and squash in the fields. 19. In 1814 Francis Scott Key watched as the British attacked Fort McHenry at the entrance of Baltimore's harbor. The attack took place all night, and when Key saw the American flag still flying, he was moved to write the following: "O, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? . . . " These words are from

A. "My Country 'Tis of Thee." B. "America the Beautiful." C. "The Star-Spangled Banner." D. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." 20. There are natural resources and human resources. Which one of the following is a natural resource? A. a car B. clothing C. a house D. water

4thsocstudies_civics (4thsocstudies_civics) 21. The members of Congress are considering passing a law lowering the speed limit on highways. You do not think this is a good law. As a citizen, what would be the most effective action you could take? A. Write to your mayor and tell him/her your views. B. Contact the head of the highway department and tell him/her your views. C. Write to your city council and tell them your views. D. Contact your members of Congress and tell them your views. 22. Federalism is the division of powers between the different levels of government__national, state, and local. The part of government at the state level that makes the laws is the A. legislature. B. governor. C. state court. D. governor's cabinet. 23. The Bill of Rights is what we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Why were they added? A. They were added to explain the powers of the state governments. B. They were added to limit the influence of Great Britain. C. They were added to extend the right to vote to all Americans. D. They were added to guarantee basic freedoms to Americans. 24. The United States government is divided into three branches__executive, legislative, and judicial. Each branch can check the other branches to keep them balanced. Which of the following is an example of a judicial check over the legislative branch? A. The Supreme Court states that a law is unconstitutional. B. The president vetoes a bill from Congress. C. The Congress overrides the president's veto. D. The president states that a law is unconstitutional. 25. What was the boundary for westward expansion in 1763? A. a desert B. a plateau C. mountains D. coastal plains

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Answer Key 1. A) Marshall can attend a town meeting. 2. A) governor 3. A) Key saw the American flag still flying over Ft. McHenry after the British attack. 4. C) the same for each state__two. 5. C) freedom of the press 6. B) executive 7. A) The driver needs to know how to drive and the rules of driving. 8. B) freedom of speech. 9. B) obeying the laws 10. B) Midwest 11. A) Mary writes articles in the paper about city government. 12. B) The public votes officials into office. 13. C) contact members of the state legislature 14. B) freedom of the press. 15. B) judicial branch checking the legislative branch. 16. D) "The Star-Spangled Banner" 17. B) executive branch checking the legislative branch. 18. C) They fished along the coast, rivers, and lakes. 19. C) "The Star-Spangled Banner." 20. D) water 21. D) Contact your members of Congress and tell them your views. 22. A) legislature. 6

4thsocstudies_civics (4thsocstudies_civics) 23. D) They were added to guarantee basic freedoms to Americans. 24. A) The Supreme Court states that a law is unconstitutional. 25. C) mountains