Former "Literacy" (Voting) Test from Alabama
The following test was given to prospective Black voters (prior to the 1965 Voting Rights Act) in Alabama. The test was administered at the discretion of the registrar, who also determined what questions to ask, what constituted a passing score, and so on - the idea being that no Black would ever pass. See how well you
1. A United States senator elected in November takes office the following year on what date?
ANSWER: January 3rd, at noon
2. The Constitution limits the size of the District of Columbia to what?
ANSWER: 10 square miles
3. The electoral vote for president is counted in the presence of what two bodies?
ANSWER: The House and the Senate
4. Of the 13 original states, the one with the most representation in Congress was which?
5. If the election of the president becomes the duty of the House, and it fails to act, who becomes president, and when?
ANSWER: The Vice-president, on January 20th, at noon
6. If a state is a party to a case, the Constitution provides that original jurisdiction shall be in what court?
ANSWER: The U.S. Supreme Court
7. If an effort to impeach the president of the United States is made, who presides at the trial?
ANSWER: The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
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. Persons opposed to swearing an oath may say instead, "I solemnly ____?"
10. If it were proposed to join Alabama and Mississippi to form one state, what groups would have to vote approval for this to be done?
ANSWER: The United States Congress and both state legislatures