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M odule 2 Self-Test
 
Exercise 2-42
Directions:Read each question below and do as directed. The answer to each sentence may include more than one word or phrase. There are fifty-seven questions.
1-5:Click to select the complete predicate in the following simple sentences.
1.The United States has had two different constitutions.
2.The first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, was written after the Revolutionary War.
3.The national government under the Articles of Confederation did not have strong central powers.
4.Each state printed its own money and passed separate laws.
5.At the borders of each state, goods from other states were taxed.
6-10:Click to select the simple predicate in the following simple sentences.
6.Representatives from each state assembled for a new constitutional convention in Philadelphia.
7.A stronger central government was desired by the states.
8.A new constitution shared powers between the states and a stronger national government.
9.The new constitution was adopted in 1789.
10.In 1789 the Constitution of the United States became the supreme law of the land.
11-14:Click to select all appositives in the following sentences.
11.Our first President, George Washington, was elected in 1789 as the first President under our Constitution.
12.Our first President under the Articles of Confederation, John Hanson, is not well known.
13.The site of Washington D.C., the home of our federal government, was chosen by George Washington in 1790.
14.The second President, John Adams, moved to Washington D.C. in 1800.
15-19:Click to select the complete subject in the following simple sentences.
15.The United States has had two different constitutions.
16.The first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, was written after the Revolutionary War.
17.The national government under the Articles of Confederation did not have strong central powers.
18.Each state printed its own money and passed separate laws.
19.At the borders of each state, goods from other states were taxed.
20-24:Click to select the simple subject in the following simple sentences.
20.Representatives from each state assembled for a new constitutional convention in Philadelphia.
21.A stronger central government was desired by the states.
22.A new constitution shared powers between the states and a stronger national government.
23.The new constitution was adopted in 1789.
24.The supreme law of all the states is the Constitution of the United States.
25-29:Click to select below each of the following groups of words whether the group is a clause or is no clause.
25.Since the Constitution was written ...
(a clause) (no clause)
26.In Philadelphia in 1787 ...
(a clause) (no clause)
27.Near the site of Washington D.C. ...
(a clause) (no clause)
28.Because he was the first President ...
(a clause) (no clause)
29.When the Constitution was written ...
(a clause) (no clause)
30-47:Below are listed several complex sentences. Do the following: 1) click to select the dependent clause in each sentence, and 2) click to select below each sentence whether the clause is used as an adverbial clause, adjective clause, or noun clause.
30.When the Constitution was adopted, the Constitution had no Bill of Rights.
31.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
32.A Bill of Rights that established individual rights was necessary.
33.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
34.That the states would adopt the new constitution without a Bill of Rights was not possible.
35.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
36.Before the Constitution was adopted, nine states had to ratify this new proposal for government.
37.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
38.A Bill of Rights was added to the new Constitution and submitted to the states although some states did not ratify the amendments immediately.
39.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
40.The Bill of Rights, which is the first ten amendments of the Constitution, establishes individual rights.
41.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
42.That Massachusetts, Georgia, and Connecticut did not ratify the Bill of Rights until 1939 was a surprise to me.
43.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
44.The rights that are expressed in the Bill of Rights are the cornerstones of our democracy.
45.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
46.Because we often take our rights for granted, we must be very diligent in protecting these rights.
47.(adverbial clause) (adjective clause) (noun clause)
48-57:Below are listed ten sentences. Click to select below each sentence whether the sentence is simple, complex, compound, or compound-complex.
48.Since the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution, these provisions are amendments to the Constitution.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
49.Twenty-six amendments have now been made to the Constitution.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
50.The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution so that individual rights would be protected.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
51.The first provision of Amendment I deals with freedom of religion, and the second provision deals with freedom of speech and the press.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
52.While the first amendment prohibits the Congress from making laws limiting religious liberty, the Congress is also prohibited from establishing a religion.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
53.Amendment 1 provides the basic rights of religion, speech, press, and assembly; Amendment 2 provides the right to keep and bear arms.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
54.The second amendment is a serious issue in America today.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
55.Amendment 5 secures an important right — a person who has been tried and found innocent cannot be tried again for the same offense.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
56.No citizen can be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)
57.Amendment 6 guarantees to every American the right of a speedy trial by jury — no person can be held in prison unjustly.
(simple) (complex) (compound) (compound-complex)