GED Social Studies : The Constitution

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Political Philosophies

The Supremacy Clause, which appears in Article Six of the Constitution, states that __________

Possible Answers:

The United States Constitution is the supreme and ultimate law of the nation.

maintaining the rights and freedoms of the people is the primary purpose of the United States government.

no branch of the United States government should have complete control over any of the other branches.

The President has ultimate and supreme command over the United States armed forces.

the United States has claim to expand over the entirety of the North American continent.

Correct answer:

The United States Constitution is the supreme and ultimate law of the nation.

Explanation:

The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution states that the Constitution should be considered as the supreme law of the land, and that everyone must respect the rules and laws contained within. This might seem obvious and unnecessary to us now, but it is important to remember that when the Constitution was written there was no guarantee as to how it would be received or whether the people would unquestionably follow it.

Example Question #23 : Civics And Government

Which of these principles is not central to the Constitution and the American political experience?

Possible Answers:

These principles are all central to the American political experience.

Freedom of religion

Separation of powers

Federalism

Economic equality

Correct answer:

Economic equality

Explanation:

Separation of powers refers to the fact that in the United States government there are three branches—the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial—each of which controls certain functions of government. Freedom of religion is enshrined in the United States Constitution. Federalism refers to the sharing of powers between the state and the national government and is a key component of the American political system. Only economic equality is not central to the American political system. What we have in America, in theory, is equal economic opportunity, but in a capitalist system you cannot have economic equality, which is a core component of communism and socialism.

Example Question #1 : The Constitution

Concurrent powers are __________

Possible Answers:

Powers shared by the State and Federal governments.

Powers shared by the Legislative and Executive Branches.

Powers reserved for the Judicial Branch.

Powers reserved for the Federal government.

Powers reserved for the State government.

Correct answer:

Powers shared by the State and Federal governments.

Explanation:

In the United States Constitution there are certain powers reserved for either the State governments or the Federal government; however, there are also concurrent powers. These are powers shared by both the State and Federal governments: one example is the power to levy taxes.

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