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Illinois Government & Constitution Test



1) To vote in Illinois a person must be ...

A) a citizen, 18 years old, an Illinois resident for 30 days, and registered to vote
 
B) a citizen, 18 years old, an Illinois resident for 1 year, and registered to vote
 
C) a citizen, 18 years old, an Illinois resident for 2 years, and registered to vote
 
D) a citizen, 21 years old, an Illinois resident for 6 months, and registered to vote
 
 

2) The current Illinois Constitution was adopted in

A) 1787
 
B) 1776
 
C) 1818
 
D) 1970
 
 

3) Article I of the Illinois Constitution is known as

A) Preamble
 
B) Powers of the State
 
C) Bill of Rights
 
D) Bill of Sale
 
 

4) In Illinois, legislative power is vested in a body known as

A) The Bill of Rights
 
B) The Governor's Office
 
C) The Senate
 
D) The General Assembly
 
 

5) The legal officer of the State of Illinois is called

A) the Supreme Court
 
B) the Attorney General
 
C) the State Comptroller
 
D) a lawyer
 
 

6) How many Constitutions has Illinois had?

A) 1
 
B) 2
 
C) 3
 
D) 4
 
 

7) Illinois was the ______ State admitted into the Union.

A) 18th
 
B) 21st
 
C) 23rd
 
D) 27th
 
 

8) The Illinois House of Representatives has how many members?

A) 204
 
B) 118
 
C) 59
 
D) 7
 
 

9) The primary purpose of the General Assembly is

A) to run for reelection every 2 years
 
B) to search a house without a warrant
 
C) to make laws for the State of Illinois
 
D) to hear appeals from the courts
 
 

10) The Illinois Supreme Court consists of how many judges?

A) 1
 
B) 5
 
C) 6
 
D) 7
 
 

11) The term of office for a Circuit Court Judge is how many years?

A) 6 years
 
B) 4 years
 
C) 2 years
 
D) lifetime term
 
 

12) The term of office for Supreme and Appellate Court Judges is

A) 1 year
 
B) 2 years
 
C) 4 years
 
D) 10 years
 
 

13) If the Governor vetoes a bill, the bill can still become law if

A) the General Assembly overrides the veto by a 3/5 vote in both houses
 
B) the General Assembly overrides the veto by a majority vote in both houses
 
C) the Illinois voters override the veto by a 3/5 vote
 
D) the Illinois Supreme Court overrides the veto by a majority decision
 
 

14) The judicial branch has the power to ...

A) make the law.
 
B) enforce the law.
 
C) interpret the law.
 
D) sign legislation into law.
 
 

15) In Illinois, State Representatives serve terms of ...

A) 2 years
 
B) 3 years
 
C) 4 years
 
D) 6 years
 
 

16) To serve as an Illinois State Senator, an individual must be at least how old?

A) 18 years
 
B) 21 years
 
C) 25 years
 
D) 30 years
 
 

17) Illinois has how many judicial circuits?

A) 5
 
B) 7
 
C) 23
 
D) 59
 
 

18) A bill must be read on how many different days in each house before it can be voted on?

A) 2 different days
 
B) 3 different days
 
C) 6 different days
 
D) An unlimited number of days
 
 

19) Which article provides for free public education for all Illinois residents through high school?

A) Article 3
 
B) Article 8
 
C) Article 9
 
D) Article 10
 
 

20) In Illinois, general elections are always held ...

A) on the 1st Tuesday following the 1st Monday in November in even-numbered years
 
B) on the 2nd Tuesday in November in even-numbered years
 
C) on the 2nd Tuesday in March every 4th year
 
D) on the 1st Tuesday in February in even-numbered years