Bill Of Rights, Reconstruction Era And Progressive Era Amendments

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Review the rights given to the people by our first 10 Amendments!


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  • 1. 

    Freedom of speech

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "1st Amendment, 1st, 1". The 1st Amendment refers to the first amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the freedom of speech. The "1st" and "1" refer to the fact that this amendment is the first one in the list of amendments and is also commonly referred to as the "First Amendment".

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  • 2. 

    Right to bear arms

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "2nd Amendment, 2nd, 2." The question is asking for the term that refers to the right to bear arms. The answer choices provided are different ways of referring to the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution, which grants this right. The 2nd Amendment is commonly abbreviated as "2nd," and the number "2" also represents the order in which it appears in the Constitution. Therefore, all three answer choices correctly identify the term related to the right to bear arms.

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  • 3. 

    The right not to quarter soldiers during times of peace or war

    Explanation
    The given correct answer is the 3rd Amendment. The 3rd Amendment protects the right of individuals to not have soldiers quartered in their homes during both times of peace and war. This means that the government cannot force individuals to house and provide for soldiers without their consent. This amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to prevent the abuse of power and protect the privacy and property rights of citizens.

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  • 4. 

    Freedom of Cruel and Unusual Punishment

    Explanation
    The correct answer is the 8th Amendment, 8th, 8. The 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. It ensures that individuals are protected from excessive fines and bail, as well as from any form of punishment that is considered cruel or degrading. The amendment serves as a safeguard against the government's power to impose harsh or inhumane penalties on individuals, ensuring that their rights and dignity are respected.

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  • 5. 

    The people have so many rights, we cannot list them all!

    Explanation
    The given correct answer refers to the 9th Amendment of the United States Constitution. This amendment states that the people have rights that are not specifically listed in the Constitution. It acknowledges that individuals possess numerous rights that are not explicitly mentioned, and these rights should not be denied or diminished. The reference to "9th, 9" is a shorthand way of indicating the 9th Amendment.

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  • 6. 

    Right to a lawyer in your defense

    Explanation
    The right to a lawyer in your defense is protected by the 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution. This amendment guarantees that in criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have the right to legal representation. It ensures that individuals have access to legal counsel to help them navigate the complexities of the legal system and protect their rights. The 6th Amendment is a fundamental aspect of due process and ensures a fair trial for all individuals accused of a crime.

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  • 7. 

    Freedom of Religion

    Explanation
    The answer "1st Amendment, 1st, 1" refers to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the freedom of religion. The "1st" and "1" could be indicating that this amendment is the first one in the Bill of Rights and the first article of the Constitution. This explanation suggests that the First Amendment is the correct answer in relation to the topic of freedom of religion.

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  • 8. 

    Freedom from search and seizure.  Police must have a warrant to search your home or property proving to a judge that they have reasonable cause to do so.  

    Explanation
    The correct answer is the 4th Amendment, 4th, 4. The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. It requires that law enforcement obtain a warrant from a judge, based on probable cause, before conducting a search of a person's home or property. This amendment ensures that citizens have the right to privacy and guards against arbitrary government intrusion. The references "4th" and "4" are simply abbreviations or alternative ways of referring to the 4th Amendment.

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  • 9. 

    Right not to be tried twice for the same offense

    Explanation
    The right not to be tried twice for the same offense is protected by the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution. This amendment, among other things, ensures that individuals cannot be subjected to double jeopardy, meaning they cannot be tried again for the same crime after being acquitted or convicted. This protection is a fundamental principle of the American legal system and helps to safeguard individuals from being unfairly prosecuted multiple times for the same offense.

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  • 10. 

    Right to a speedy trial

    Explanation
    The given answer refers to the 6th Amendment, which guarantees the right to a speedy trial. This constitutional right ensures that individuals accused of a crime have the right to a timely trial, without unnecessary delays. The mention of "6th" and "6" in the answer is simply a repetition of the amendment number for emphasis.

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  • 11. 

    Freedom of the press

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "1st Amendment, 1st, 1". This answer refers to the concept of freedom of the press, which is protected by the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution. The 1st Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition. The numbers "1st" and "1" are likely included as options to confuse the reader, but the correct answer is the one that directly relates to the topic of freedom of the press and its constitutional protection.

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  • 12. 

    Right to a trial by jury in cases concerning large amounts of money

    Explanation
    The 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by jury in civil cases where the amount of money involved is substantial. This means that individuals involved in legal disputes over large sums of money have the right to have their case heard by a jury of their peers, rather than being decided solely by a judge. The 7th Amendment ensures that individuals have a fair and impartial trial process in cases where significant financial interests are at stake.

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  • 13. 

    If a power was not given to the Federal Government by the Constitution, that power goes to the states or the people

    Explanation
    The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states that any powers not specifically granted to the Federal Government are reserved for the states or the people. This means that if a power is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, it is up to the individual states or the people to exercise that power. The 10th Amendment helps to ensure a balance of power between the federal government and the states, allowing for local autonomy and the ability for states to govern themselves in areas not covered by the Constitution.

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  • 14. 

    Right to know the charges against you

    Explanation
    The 6th Amendment grants individuals the right to know the charges brought against them. This constitutional right ensures that individuals are aware of the specific accusations they are facing, allowing them to prepare an adequate defense and protect their rights in a fair trial. The 6th Amendment is a crucial component of due process and ensures that individuals are not unjustly accused or convicted without being fully informed about the charges against them.

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  • 15. 

    The right to be fairly compensated b the government for land taken for public use

    Explanation
    The 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to be fairly compensated by the government for land taken for public use. This means that if the government needs to acquire private property for public projects such as building roads or schools, they must provide just compensation to the owner. The 5th Amendment ensures that individuals are not unfairly deprived of their property without receiving appropriate compensation in return.

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  • 16. 

    Right to a speedy trial

    Explanation
    The right to a speedy trial is guaranteed by the 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution. This amendment ensures that individuals accused of a crime have the right to a trial without unnecessary delay. It aims to protect defendants from prolonged periods of pretrial detention and to prevent the government from using delay as a tactic to weaken the defense. The 6th Amendment also guarantees other important rights, such as the right to a public trial, the right to an impartial jury, and the right to confront witnesses.

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  • 17. 

    In a trial, the right to confront witnesses against you and have witnesses in your favor

    Explanation
    The 6th Amendment guarantees the right to confront witnesses against you and have witnesses in your favor in a trial. This means that the accused has the right to cross-examine and question any witnesses brought forward by the prosecution, as well as the ability to call witnesses to testify on their behalf. This right ensures a fair and impartial trial, allowing the accused to challenge the evidence and present their own evidence to support their defense.

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  • 18. 

    Right to petition the government for a redress of grievences

    Explanation
    The given correct answer is a reference to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. This means that individuals have the right to express their concerns or complaints to the government and request that they take action to address those grievances. The reference to "1st" and "1" in the answer simply reinforces that it is referring to the First Amendment.

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  • 19. 

    Right to remain silent

    Explanation
    The correct answer is the 5th Amendment. The 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution grants individuals the right to remain silent, protecting them from self-incrimination. This means that a person cannot be forced to testify against themselves in a criminal case. The 5th Amendment also guarantees due process of law and prohibits double jeopardy and the taking of private property without just compensation. The use of "5th" and "5" in the answer options are simply abbreviations or alternative ways of referring to the 5th Amendment.

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  • 20. 

    Right to peacefully assemble

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "1st Amendment, 1st, 1." The question is asking for the correct answer related to the right to peacefully assemble. The 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly. The "1st" and "1" are likely included for clarification or as additional options for the answer.

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  • 21. 

    Right to a trial by jury

    Explanation
    The correct answer is the 6th Amendment. The 6th Amendment guarantees the right to a trial by jury. It ensures that individuals accused of a crime have the opportunity to have their case heard by a jury of their peers, rather than being solely decided by a judge. This amendment is an important protection for defendants in the criminal justice system, as it helps to ensure fairness and impartiality in the legal process.

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  • 22. 

    Outlawed Slavery

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "13th Amendment, 13th, 13". The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. The reference to "13th" and "13" in the answer options likely refers to the 13th Amendment itself, as well as its numerical representation. Therefore, these options correctly identify the amendment responsible for outlawing slavery in the United States.

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  • 23. 

    Allowed all male citizens the right to vote

    Explanation
    The 15th Amendment granted all male citizens the right to vote. This amendment was added to the United States Constitution in 1870 and aimed to protect the voting rights of African American men who had previously been denied this right due to racial discrimination. The 15th Amendment was a significant step towards ensuring equal voting rights for all citizens, regardless of their race or color.

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  • 24. 

    Guaranteed that all US citizens would have the same legal protection 

    Explanation
    The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees that all US citizens have the same legal protection. This amendment was ratified in 1868 and it addresses citizenship rights and equal protection under the law. It states that no state shall deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. This means that every citizen, regardless of their race, gender, or any other characteristic, is entitled to the same legal rights and protections. The 14th Amendment has played a significant role in promoting equality and civil rights in the United States.

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  • 25. 

    Defined a US citizen as anyone born on US soil or one having passed the citizenship test and met all requirements of citizenship (naturalized citizen)

    Explanation
    The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution defines a US citizen as someone who is born on US soil or someone who has passed the citizenship test and met all the requirements for naturalized citizenship. This amendment was ratified in 1868 and grants equal protection under the law to all citizens, regardless of their race or ethnicity. The 14th Amendment is an important part of US citizenship law and ensures that all individuals are treated equally in terms of their rights and privileges as citizens.

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  • 26. 

    Slaveowners would not be compensated for the money they lost due to the war (slaves,  land, equipment, etc)

    Explanation
    The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically Section 4, states that "No state shall...deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." This means that slaveowners, who had lost their slaves, land, equipment, and other property during the war, would not be compensated for their losses. The 14th Amendment aimed to ensure equal protection under the law for all individuals, regardless of race or previous ownership of slaves.

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  • 27. 

    Any highranking Confereate military officer or official in the CSA may not hold elected office in the Federal Government

    Explanation
    The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution states that any Confederate military officer or official in the Confederate States of America (CSA) is prohibited from holding elected office in the Federal Government. This amendment was added to the Constitution after the Civil War to ensure that those who had fought against the Union during the war would not be able to hold positions of power within the Federal Government.

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  • 28. 

    The people elect the state's US Senators

    Explanation
    The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution states that the people directly elect their state's US Senators. Before the amendment, Senators were chosen by state legislatures. The 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913, giving citizens a more direct role in the democratic process by allowing them to vote for their Senators. This amendment was a significant change in the way Senators were selected and aimed to increase transparency and accountability in the political system.

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  • 29. 

    There is a Federal Income tax

    Explanation
    The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution grants Congress the power to levy and collect federal income taxes. The amendment was ratified in 1913 and has since allowed the federal government to impose income taxes on individuals and businesses. The mention of "16th" and "16" in the question likely refers to the 16th Amendment as the correct answer.

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  • 30. 

    Women have the right to vote!

    Explanation
    The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in the United States. It was ratified in 1920 and prohibited the denial of the right to vote based on sex. The amendment was a significant milestone in the women's suffrage movement, which fought for equal voting rights for women. The number "19" refers to the 19th Amendment, and it is repeated twice for emphasis.

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  • 31. 

    It is illegal to make, sell or transport alcoholic beverages

    Explanation
    The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was ratified in 1919 and made it illegal to manufacture, sell, or transport alcoholic beverages. This amendment was a response to the temperance movement and aimed to reduce crime, corruption, and social problems associated with alcohol consumption. The number "18" refers to the amendment's numerical order, and "18th" is a shortened form of "18th Amendment." Therefore, the correct answer is 18th Amendment, 18th, 18.

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