The Flexible Constitution: For Our 8th Grade Class In Chicopee, Ma.

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For our 8th grade class in Chicopee, MA.


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  • 1. 

    The U.S. Constitution is called "flexible" because...

    • A.

      It has been reprinted so many times.

    • B.

      It can be changed.

    • C.

      It has seven articles.

    • D.

      It was written by Thomas Jefferson.

    Correct Answer
    B. It can be changed.
    Explanation
    The U.S. Constitution is called "flexible" because it can be changed. Unlike many other constitutions around the world, the U.S. Constitution has a built-in amendment process that allows for changes to be made when necessary. This flexibility ensures that the Constitution remains relevant and adaptable to the changing needs and values of society over time. It empowers the government and the people to address new challenges, correct past mistakes, and uphold the principles of democracy and justice.

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  • 2. 

    How to change the Constitution is explained in...

    • A.

      The First Amendment.

    • B.

      The Fifth Amendment.

    • C.

      Article Five.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. Article Five.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Article Five. Article Five of the Constitution explains the process for amending or changing the Constitution. It states that amendments can be proposed by either two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a national convention called by two-thirds of the state legislatures. Amendments must then be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures or by conventions in three-fourths of the states. Therefore, Article Five provides the guidelines for making changes to the Constitution.

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  • 3. 

    An "Amendment"...

    • A.

      Is at least four pages long.

    • B.

      Is a change to the Constitution.

    • C.

      Is signed into law by the President.

    • D.

      Can be ruled "Unconstitutional" by the Supreme Court.

    Correct Answer
    B. Is a change to the Constitution.
    Explanation
    An amendment refers to a change made to the Constitution. It is a formal alteration or addition to the existing Constitution, which may involve adding, modifying, or repealing certain provisions. Amendments are made to address evolving societal needs, correct any flaws or omissions in the original document, and ensure that the Constitution remains a relevant and effective governing framework. The process of amending the Constitution involves a specific set of procedures, which typically require approval from a supermajority of Congress or state legislatures, followed by ratification by the states.

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  • 4. 

    According to our text (but not Mr. P), there are how many ways to change the U.S. Constitution?

    • A.

      2.

    • B.

      3.

    • C.

      4.

    • D.

      Unlimited.

    Correct Answer
    B. 3.
    Explanation
    The text states that there are three ways to change the U.S. Constitution, which contradicts Mr. P's belief. Therefore, the correct answer is 3.

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  • 5. 

    How many amendments have been passed since 1787?

    • A.

      1.

    • B.

      14.

    • C.

      20.

    • D.

      27.

    Correct Answer
    D. 27.
    Explanation
    Since 1787, a total of 27 amendments have been passed. These amendments are changes or additions to the United States Constitution. The Constitution was created in 1787 and has been amended over time to reflect the changing needs and values of the country. Each amendment goes through a specific process, requiring approval from both houses of Congress and ratification by the states. These amendments have addressed various issues, such as granting voting rights to all citizens, prohibiting slavery, and ensuring equal protection under the law.

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  • 6. 

    The steps to amend the constitution include which of the following?

    • A.

      Propose/Ratify.

    • B.

      Propose/Veto.

    • C.

      Delegate/Ratify.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. Propose/Ratify.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Propose/Ratify" because in order to amend the constitution, a proposal needs to be made and then ratified. The process usually involves the proposal of an amendment by either Congress or a national convention, followed by ratification by a certain number of states. This two-step process ensures that any changes to the constitution are carefully considered and have widespread support. The other options, "Propose/Veto" and "Delegate/Ratify," do not accurately describe the steps involved in amending the constitution.

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  • 7. 

    In proposing an amendment...

    • A.

      2/3 of Congress must vote for it (or a Constitutional Convention must be called), then 3/4 of the states must ratify it.

    • B.

      2/3 of Congress must vote for it, then the President must sign it.

    • C.

      The President must propose it, then 3/4 of the states must ratify it.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. 2/3 of Congress must vote for it (or a Constitutional Convention must be called), then 3/4 of the states must ratify it.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that 2/3 of Congress must vote for it (or a Constitutional Convention must be called), then 3/4 of the states must ratify it. This is the process outlined in Article V of the United States Constitution for proposing and ratifying amendments. It requires a supermajority vote in Congress or the calling of a Constitutional Convention, followed by the approval of 3/4 of the states. The other options provided in the question do not accurately reflect the correct process.

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  • 8. 

    The word "ratify" means to...

    • A.

      Change.

    • B.

      Review.

    • C.

      Cancel.

    • D.

      Approve.

    Correct Answer
    D. Approve.
    Explanation
    The word "ratify" means to give formal approval or consent to something. It implies the act of confirming or validating a decision, agreement, or action. Therefore, "approve" is the correct answer as it best captures the meaning of "ratify."

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  • 9. 

    The word "repeal" means...

    • A.

      Approve.

    • B.

      Cancel.

    • C.

      Change.

    • D.

      Review.

    Correct Answer
    B. Cancel.
    Explanation
    The word "repeal" means to cancel or revoke something, typically a law or regulation. It implies the act of officially invalidating or abolishing a previous decision or ruling. Therefore, "cancel" is the correct answer as it best aligns with the meaning of "repeal" in this context.

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  • 10. 

    The 21st Amendment repealed the...

    • A.

      14th Amendment.

    • B.

      15th Amendment.

    • C.

      18th Amendment.

    • D.

      20th Amendment.

    Correct Answer
    C. 18th Amendment.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the 18th Amendment. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which had established Prohibition in the United States. The 18th Amendment, ratified in 1919, banned the production, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. However, it was widely unpopular and led to the rise of illegal alcohol trade and organized crime. The 21st Amendment, ratified in 1933, repealed the 18th Amendment and ended Prohibition, allowing the legal sale and consumption of alcohol again.

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  • 11. 

    Of the following statements, which one did Mr. P say he HATED?

    • A.

      "The Constitution is flexible".

    • B.

      "The Constitution is elastic".

    • C.

      "The Constitution is a living document".

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. "The Constitution is a living document".
    Explanation
    I that both "A" & "B" are completely accurate descriptions of the U.S. Constitution, but I feel that "C", "The Constitution Is A Living Document" trivializes the importance of it. It is NOT alive, but it can be changed and adjusted to fit any time period.

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