American Government: 1st 9 Weeks Exam Study Guide
REMINDERS: The social studies 9 weeks exam is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th.
It will be scantron, so bring a #2 pencil. The test will have 50 questions. Be sure to look over all your
online chapter summaries, all chapter vocabulary and all your PowerPoint notes.
In no particular order. . .
1. What are the requirements to vote in Alabama?
2. How many congressional districts does Alabama?
3. Who represents Alabama in Congress? (our district? Our state?)
4. When did Alabama become a state? What makes our state constitution unique?
5. What are the 4 origins theories of government? How do each of them explain where government
6. What historical people are associated with each of the origins theories?
7. Identify the following:
c. Democracy (direct vs. participatory)
8. Identify the powers of Congress and know examples for each:
a. Expressed e. inherent
b. Implied f. reserved
c. Delegated g. enumerated
9. What are the key principles on which the Constitution is based? Where are these listed in the
a. Popular sovereignty
b. Limited government
c. Separation of powers
e. Checks and balances (know examples! See p. 66)
10. What does each Article of the Constitution discuss?
11. What powers belong only to Congress? (declare war, approve appointments, etc.)
12. What powers belong only to the President?
13. What’s the process for amending the Constitution? How does it work?
14. What is nationalism? (as it relates to federalism?)
15. What is the states’ rights position? How does it relate to federalism?
16. Review your amendments!!!!!!!!! Especially the “famous” ones:
a. Bill of Rights
b. “Civil War” Amendments
c. 18th & 21st
d. 15th, 19th and 26th
17. How has the right to vote changed over time? What other words besides “right to vote” do we
18. Why were Marbury v. Madison and McCullouch v. Maryland such famous cases?
19. What are implied powers? Who has them? What are they based on?
20. Review the following about Congress:
a. Qualifications (age, residency, citizenship)
b. Characteristics (how many members in each house? How long are the terms?)
c. Benefits of members of Congress
d. Advantages of incumbency (why do the same people keep getting re-elected?)
e. What are the names of the leadership positions in the House and Senate?
f. How can the majority party control passage or failure of a bill in the House? In the
Senate? (committees, calendar, filibuster and cloture)