Literacy or Illiteracy in the United States? Would you be able to pass the Alabama Literacy Test in 1965? Many states used literacy test to disqualify almost any minority that they saw as unfit to vote. Leaving only the white and wealthy able participate in their version of democracy.
Please take the literacy test and see if you would be eligible to vote in Alabama in 1965.
1965 Alabama Literacy Test
1. Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?
_____Trial by Jury
2. The federal census of population is taken every five years.
3. If a person is indicted for a crime, name two rights which he has.
4. A U.S. senator elected at the general election in
November takes office the following year on what date?
5. A President elected at the general election in November takes
office the following year on what date?
6. Which definition applies to the word “amendment?”
_____Proposed change, as in a Constitution
_____Make of peace between nationals at war
_____A part of the government
7. A person appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court is appointed for a term of
8. When the Constitution was approved by the original colonies,
how many states had to ratify it in order for it to be in effect? _________________________________________
9. Does enumeration affect the income tax levied on citizens in various states?
10. Person opposed to swearing in an oath may say, instead:
11. To serve as President of the United States, a person must have attained:
_____25 years of age
_____35 years of age
_____40 years of age
_____45 years of age
12. What words are required by law to be on all coins and paper currency of the U.S.?
13. The Supreme Court is the chief lawmaking body of the state.
14. If a law passed by a state is contrary to provisions of the U.S.
Constitution, which law prevails?
15. If a vacancy occurs in the U.S. Senate, the state must hold an
election, but meanwhile the place may be filled by a temporary
appointment made by _________________________________\
16. A U.S. senator is elected for a term of _____ years.
17. Appropriation of money for the armed services can be only for a period
limited to _____ years.
18. The chief executive and the administrative offices make up the
___________________branch of government.
19. Who passes laws dealing with piracy?______________________________
20. The number of representatives which a state is entitled to have in the House of
Representatives is based on _______________________________________
21. The Constitution protects an individual against punishments which are
_______________ and _______________________.
22. When a jury has heard and rendered a verdict in a case, and the
judgment on the verdict has become final, the defendant cannot again be
brought to trial for the same cause.
23. Name two levels of government which can levy taxes: _____________
24. Communisn was the type of government in:
25. Cases tried before a court of law are two types, civil and __________.
26. By a majority vote of the members of Congress, the Congress
can change provisions of the Constitution of the U.S.
27. For security, each state has a right to form a ______________________.
28. The electoral vote for President is counted in the presence of two bodies.
29. If no candidate for President receives a majority of the electoral vote,
who decides who will become President?_________________________
30. Of the original 13 states, the one with the largest representation in the
first Congress was .__________________________________
31. Of which branch of government is the Speaker of the House a part?
32. Capital punishment is the giving of a death sentence.
33. In case the President is unable to perform the duties of his office,
who assumes them?________________________________________
34. “Involuntary servitude” is permitted in the U.S. upon conviction of a crime.
35. If a state is a party to a case, the Constitution provides that original
jurisdiction shall be in______________________________________
36. Congress passes laws regulating cases which are included in those
over which the U.S. Supreme Court has _____________ jurisdiction.
37. Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights
of the U.S. Constitution.
_____Trial by Jury
38. The Legislatures of the states decide how presidential
electors may be chosen.
39. If it were proposed to join Alabama and Mississippi to form one state,
what groups would have to vote approval in order for this to be done?______________________________________________________
40. The Vice President presides over ___________________________.
41. The Constitution limits the size of the District of Columbia to ________________________________________
42. The only laws which can be passed to apply to an area in a federal
arsenal are those passed by ______________ provided consent for the
purchase of the land is given by the ___________________________.
43. In which document or writing is the “Bill of Rights” found?_______.
44. Of which branch of government is a Supreme Court justice a part?
45. If no person receives a majority of the electoral votes, the
Vice President is chosen by the Senate.
46. Name two things which the states are forbidden to do by the
47. If election of the President becomes the duty of the U.S. House
of Representatives and it fails to act, who becomes President and when? ___________________________________________________________
48. How many votes must a person receive in order to become President
if the election is decided by the U.S. House of Representatives? _____
49. How many states were required to approve the original Constitution in
order for it to be in effect? ___________________________________
50. Check the offenses which, if you are convicted of them,
disqualify you for voting:
_____Issuing worthless checks
51. The Congress decides in what manner states elect presidential electors.
52. Name two of the purposes of the U.S. Constitution. _________________________________________________
53. Congress is composed of __________________________________.
54. All legislative powers granted in the U.S.
Constitution may legally be used only by
55. The population census is required to be made very _____ years.
56. Impeachments of U.S. officials are tried by ___________________.
57. If an effort to impeach the President of the U.S. is made,
who presides at the trial?________________________________
58. On the impeachment of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the
U.S., who tries the case? __________________________________
59. Money is coined by order of:
_____The President’s Cabinet
60. Persons elected to case a state’s vote for U.S. President and
Vice President are called presidential ______________________.
61. Name one power which is exclusively legislative and is
mentioned in one of the parts of the U.S. Constitution above ______.
62. If a person flees from justice into another state,
who has authority to ask for his return?_______________________
63. Whose duty is it to keep Congress informed of the state of the union? ________________________________________________________
64. If the two houses of Congress cannot agree on adjournment,
who sets the time?__________________________________________
65. When presidential electors meet to case ballots for President,
must all electors in a state vote for the same person for President or
can they vote for different persons if they so choose? ___________________________________________________
66. After the presidential electors have voted, to whom do they send the
count of their votes?_________________________________________
67. The power to declare war is vested in ____________________________.
68. Any power and rights not given to the U.S. or prohibited to
the states by the U.S. Constitution are specified as belonging to whom? ______________________________
Answers to Alabama Literacy Test
1. Trial by Jury only
2. False (every 10 years)
3. Habeas Corpus (immediate presentation of charges); lawyer; speedy trial.
4. January 3
5. January 20
6. Proposed change, as in a Constitution
7. Life (with good behavior)
12. In God We Trust
14. U.S. Constitution
15. The governor
20. Population (as determined by census) less untaxed Indians
21. Cruel and unusual
23. State and local
28. House of Representatives, Senate
29. House of Representatives
33. The Vice President
35. The Supreme Court
37. Trial by Jury
39. Congress and the legislatures of both states
40. The Senate
41. 10 miles square
42. Congress; state legislatures