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The leglislative branch was created by __________ ?
Article I. (Article I is the longest of the VII and establishes a bicameral (two-house) legislature.
The electoral college system was created by __________ ?
Article II. (Revised after the disputed election of 1800 between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.)
Provisions for amending the Constitution are contained in __________ ?
Article V. (Two different ways of proposing amendments and two different methods of ratification.)
The judicial branch of government is established by __________ ?
Article III. (Short and vague. Modified by the 11th Amendment in 1795.)
The dual system of government known as federalism, or more specifically vertical federalism is set up by which article?
Article VI. (Nowhere in the Constitution is the word "democracy" used. We are guaranteed a republican form of government by Article VI. Article VI also establishes "horizontal federalism" --relations between the states.
The powers of Congress are enumerated in section eight of the first article. Clause 18 of that section is known as what?
The "elastic clause". (Also known as the "necessary and proper" clause, it has allowed Congress leeway to do things like create an interstate highway system, intervene in the Civil Rights Movement and establish a space program.)
Prior to our Constitution, the United States were governed by the Articles of Confederation. Its debts were assumed by the new government in which article?
Article VI. (Debts were considerable because the Confederation government was allowed to borrow money, but denied the power to tax.)
The Constitution refers to itself as the "supreme law of the land." Where can this "supremacy clause" be found?
Article VI. (The supremacy clause is often referred to as the "linchpin" of the Constitution.)
The only crime defined by the Constitution is treason. Where can its definition be found?
Article III. (Unlike many state constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is not a "legal" document in the sense that is codifies law. Rather, it is a document that establishes a government, and, therefore, is short on legalese.)
Where is the basis for impeachment of the President, Vice-President, and civil officers explained?
Article II. ( Most federal judges are also subject to impeachment and removal.)