American Civics Basics
The United States is the world's oldest surviving
federation. It is a constitutional republic, "in which majority
rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law." It is
fundamentally structured as a representative democracy, though U.S.
citizens residing in the territories are excluded from voting for
What do you know about the government of the
United States? Try this quick quiz.
The government is regulated by a system of checks and balances. What
document serves as the country's supreme legal document and as a social
contract for the American people?
2. In the American federalist system, citizens are
usually subject to three levels of government, federal, state, and
local; the local government's duties are commonly split between county
and municipal governments. True or False?
3. In almost all cases, executive and legislative
officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district. There
is no proportional representation at the federal level, and it is very
rare at lower levels. True or False?
4. Federal and state judicial and cabinet
officials are typically nominated by the executive branch, although some
state judges and officials are elected by popular vote. Who approves
judicial and cabinet officials nominate by the executive branch?
5. What are the functions of the Legislative
6. What are the duties of the Executive Branch?
7. What are the duties of the Judicial Branch?
8. How many states only have one representative in
the House of Representatives?
9. The Senate has 100 members with each state
having two senators, elected at-large to four-year terms; one third of
Senate seats are up for election every other year. True or False?
10. Who elects the President of the United States?
11. How long does the members of the Supreme Court