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The U.S. Constitution, Declaration Of Independence And Washington Constitution

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A proposed ballot initiative would require all Washington schools to teach the relationships between Declaration of Independence, the U. S. And state Constitutions and for students to pass a test on those topics before graduating from high school. Think you already know those topics? Take a quick test:

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to the Declaration of Independence, where does government get its power?
    • A. 

      Its Constitution

    • B. 

      Its military

    • C. 

      Its elected officials

    • D. 

      The consent of the governed

  • 2. 
    What fundamental political idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Government should guarantee its citizens economic security.

    • B. 

      The central government and states should share power.

    • C. 

      A government that denies its people certain basic rights can be overthrown.

    • D. 

      Rulers derive their right from God and are bound to govern in the nation’s best interest.

  • 3. 
    Who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      James Madison

  • 4. 
    The Declaration of Independence contributed to the development of democracy by:
    • A. 

      Guaranteeing trial by jury to all men

    • B. 

      Allowing women to take part in government

    • C. 

      Indicating that people are the source of power

    • D. 

      Providing for Presidential elections every four years

  • 5. 
    According to the Declaration of Independence, the people have the right to alter or abolish a government if that government:
    • A. 

      Is a limited monarchy

    • B. 

      Violates natural rights

    • C. 

      Becomes involved in entangling alliances

    • D. 

      Favors one religion over another

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      It united the members of the Continental Congress.

    • B. 

      It announced a new nation to foreign governments.

    • C. 

      It started the American Revolution.

    • D. 

      It was used as a propaganda tool to explain the rebellion.

  • 7. 
    How many constitutions has the United States had?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 8. 
    The government created by the Articles of Confederation lasted only a few years because it:
    • A. 

      Had no plan to organize the Northwest Territory

    • B. 

      Lacked the ability to enforce its authority

    • C. 

      Circulated no paper money

    • D. 

      Compelled the states to abide by its treaties

  • 9. 
    The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution both provided for:
    • A. 

      A Congress with legislative powers

    • B. 

      A president with executive powers

    • C. 

      A Supreme Court with judiciary powers

    • D. 

      State governments with veto powers

  • 10. 
    How were the delegates to the Constitutional Convention chosen?
    • A. 

      Popular votes in each state

    • B. 

      The state legislatures

    • C. 

      Congressional appointments

    • D. 

      They had signed the Declaration of Independence.

  • 11. 
    Who has the power to impeach or bring charges against the president?
    • A. 

      The vice president

    • B. 

      The House of Representatives

    • C. 

      The Senate

    • D. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 12. 
    Separation of powers refers to what?
    • A. 

      Separation of church and state

    • B. 

      Separation of military and civilian authority

    • C. 

      Separation of campaign donations from an elected official’s votes

    • D. 

      Separation of the functions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches

  • 13. 
    The Constitution says the role of Congress is to:
    • A. 

      Make laws

    • B. 

      Enforce laws

    • C. 

      Interpret laws

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    What kind of laws can Congress make?
    • A. 

      Only those specifically described in the Constitution and amendments.

    • B. 

      Only laws that support the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

    • C. 

      Any laws it can approve by a simple majority that aren’t vetoed.

    • D. 

      Any laws that are necessary and proper for executing the powers of the federal government.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is NOT a requirement to become president?
    • A. 

      Be a natural born citizen of the United States

    • B. 

      Be at least 35 years old

    • C. 

      Vote in at least two previous presidential elections

    • D. 

      Have resided in the country for at least 14 years

  • 16. 
    The system of “checks and balances” does what?
    • A. 

      Maintains proper fiscal discipline by controlling spending

    • B. 

      Keeps any branch from becoming too powerful

    • C. 

      Requires government jobs be open to all qualified citizens

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 17. 
    How many Supreme Court justices are called for in the Constitution?
    • A. 

      At least five

    • B. 

      No more than 11

    • C. 

      Nine

    • D. 

      The Constitution doesn’t specify.

  • 18. 
    The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called what?
    • A. 

      The preamble

    • B. 

      The Establishment Clauses

    • C. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • D. 

      The Articles of Confederation

  • 19. 
    Which amendment guarantees the right to criticize the U.S. government?
    • A. 

      First

    • B. 

      Second

    • C. 

      Fourth

    • D. 

      Fifth

  • 20. 
    What does it mean when accused criminals “plead the fifth”?
    • A. 

      They want their right to an attorney.

    • B. 

      They refuse to testify against themselves.

    • C. 

      They agree to testify against someone else if they get immunity.

    • D. 

      They believe they're wrongly accused.

  • 21. 
    Until the 25th Amendment passed, what happened if a vice president died in office?
    • A. 

      The president appointed a replacement.

    • B. 

      A special election was held for vice president.

    • C. 

      The speaker of the House became vice president.

    • D. 

      There was no vice president until the next presidential election.

  • 22. 
    The Washington state Constitution says liberties come from:
    • A. 

      The Supreme Ruler of the Universe

    • B. 

      Natural law

    • C. 

      A righteous people

    • D. 

      A just government

  • 23. 
    Article 1, Section 1 of the Washington Constitution contains what phrase also found in the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      “…all men are created equal…”

    • B. 

      “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

    • C. 

      “…governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

    • D. 

      “…of the people, by the people and for the people…”

  • 24. 
    What does the Washington state Constitution say is the supreme law of the land?
    • A. 

      The Bible

    • B. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      The U.S. Constitution

    • D. 

      All laws of Congress and the Legislature

  • 25. 
    The Washington state Constitution gives the right to bear arms to:
    • A. 

      Individual citizens

    • B. 

      The well-regulated militia

    • C. 

      Members of law enforcement

    • D. 

      Those with state permits