Constitutional Amendments And First Amendment Rights

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Constitutional Amendments And First Amendment Rights

A short online quiz about amending the U. S. Constitution, the Amendments and the Bill of Rights.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The process of officially changing the U.S. Constitution is called...
    • A. 

      Lawmaking.

    • B. 

      Formal Amendment.

    • C. 

      Regulation.

    • D. 

      Informal Amendment.

  • 2. 
    How many times has the U.S. Constitution been officially changed?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      25

    • C. 

      27

    • D. 

      34

  • 3. 
    The first 10 Amendments are known as 
    • A. 

      The Bill of Rights.

    • B. 

      The Separate but Equal.

    • C. 

      The Five Freedoms.

    • D. 

      Free Exercises.

  • 4. 
    An official change in the U.S. Constitution has almost always started with...
    • A. 

      The President proposing the change.

    • B. 

      The States asking Congress to make the change.

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court declaring a law unconstitutional.

    • D. 

      2/3 vote of both Houses of Congress.

  • 5. 
    Once the Federal proposed change in the Constitution has been passed, then the change must be...
    • A. 

      Signed or vetoed by the President.

    • B. 

      Approved by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    • C. 

      Ratified by 3/4 of the State Legislatures.

    • D. 

      Voted on by the people of each of 3/4 of the States.

  • 6. 
    The First Amendment is said to have Five Freedoms. Which of the five has two parts that present two different "clauses"?
    • A. 

      Religion.

    • B. 

      Speech.

    • C. 

      Press.

    • D. 

      Assembly.

  • 7. 
    The case of Engel v. Vitale involved 
    • A. 

      Religious and Parochial Schools.

    • B. 

      School prayer.

    • C. 

      Snake handling.

    • D. 

      Free Speech.

  • 8. 
    Marbury v. Madison was a case that stands for the concept of 
    • A. 

      Free exercise of religion.

    • B. 

      No unwarranted searches.

    • C. 

      No establishment of religion.

    • D. 

      Judicial review by the Supreme Court.

  • 9. 
    The first 10 words of the First Amendment say "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion..." These words mean that there must be...
    • A. 

      No prayers in school.

    • B. 

      A separation of church and state.

    • C. 

      Free exercise of religion.

    • D. 

      No Congressional prayers or chaplains.

  • 10. 
    A person may practice or have free exercise of their religious beliefs as long as they 
    • A. 

      Truly believe in what they are doing.

    • B. 

      Have an official religion, recognized by the majority.

    • C. 

      Practice their religion in a church, synagogue, temple, or mosque.

    • D. 

      Do not injure others or break laws with their religious practices.

  • 11. 
    Government aid ($) to religious or parochial schools is ok only as far as 
    • A. 

      The aid does not help the religious teaching in the school.

    • B. 

      It helps only one religion.

    • C. 

      People approve the help for the school with a vote of the school board.

    • D. 

      No one objects to the aid.

  • 12. 
    The Lemon Test, which comes from the case, Lemon v. Kurtzman, permits government involvement in religion as long as there is not...
    • A. 

      Separation of church and state.

    • B. 

      A clear and present danger.

    • C. 

      Excessive entanglement.

    • D. 

      Student protest.

    • E. 

      A yellow sour flavor to the law.

  • 13. 
    A person has the right to freedom of speech as long as their speech...
    • A. 

      Doesn't present a clear and present danger of harm.

    • B. 

      Doesn't offend anyone.

    • C. 

      Doesn't swear or use four letter words.

    • D. 

      Is totally true.

  • 14. 
    The case of Tinker v. Des Moines Board of Education stands for the idea that speech may be...
    • A. 

      Hateful.

    • B. 

      Anti-war.

    • C. 

      Symbolic.

    • D. 

      Not free in a school setting.

  • 15. 
    Violent protests on May Day in Seattle, Washington, would not be constitutionally protected because they were not
    • A. 

      Symbolic.

    • B. 

      Peaceful assembly.

    • C. 

      Religious.

    • D. 

      Involving church and state.

  • 16. 
    What is meant by "no prior restraint" of the press?
    • A. 

      Government must approve all publication prior to printing.

    • B. 

      Government will not even try to stop something being printed.

    • C. 

      Top secret documents cannot be printed before government approval.

    • D. 

      The government cannot stop something from being printed, but can prosecute afterwards.

  • 17. 
    Which Amendment has been in the news because Congress and the President wish to pass a gun control law?
    • A. 

      1st Amendment.

    • B. 

      2nd Amendment.

    • C. 

      3rd Amendment.

    • D. 

      4th Amendment.

  • 18. 
    Mapp v. Ohio is a case that stands for the _______________rule.
    • A. 

      Free exercise.

    • B. 

      No prior restraint.

    • C. 

      Exclusionary.

    • D. 

      Separation of church and state.

  • 19. 
    The Fourth Amendment bans searches and seizures without a warrant describing...
    • A. 

      The place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

    • B. 

      The clear and present danger from the activity.

    • C. 

      Who is doing the search.

    • D. 

      What crime will be solved by the search.

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