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Ratifying the Constitution Signing the Constitution Delegates to the Constitutional Convention The Work Begins Writing the Constitution The Great Compromise Bill of Rights Powers of the Federal Government The Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Amendments Women - The Right to Vote

Checks and Balances


Uncle Sam, the word spy, wants you to take a minute and test your knowledge.

Match the word(s) in the left-hand column to complete the questions or statements in the right-hand column. Check your answers.

Veto A. The delegates established a system of _______________ to prevent any one federal branch from dominating the other two.
Ask Congress to pass it B. Which branch of government has the power to approve justice appointments?
James Madison C. If the Congress passes a bill and the President refuses to sign it that is called what?
checks and balances D. If the President wants a law passed, he must do what?
Legislative over Judicial E. Who is often called the Father of the Constitution? He helped design the checks and balances that operate among Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court.


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The system of checks and balances is used to keep the government from getting too powerful in one branch. For example, the Executive Branch can veto bills from the Legislative Branch, but the Legislative Branch can override the veto.

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