Social Studies- Bill Of Rights

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  • 1. 
    In the United States the Bill of Rights is the name of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. They were introduced by James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, to the First United States Congress in 1789 as a series of constitutional amendments, and came into effect on December 15, 1791, when they had been ratified by three-fourths of the States.  The Bill of Rights was influenced by the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Magna Carta. The Bill of Rights limits the powers of the federal government of the United States, protecting the rights of all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory. The Bill of Rights protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition, and freedom of the press. It also prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishment, and compelled self-incrimination. The Bill of Rights also prohibits Congress from making any law respecting establishment of religion and prohibits the federal government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. In federal criminal cases, it requires indictment by grand jury for any capital or "infamous crime", guarantees a speedy public trial with an impartial jury composed of members of the state or judicial district in which the crime occurred, and prohibits double jeopardy. In addition, the Bill of Rights states that "the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people," and reserves all powers not granted to the federal government to the citizenry or States. There were 2 additional amendments proposed, but only 10 were ratified by three-fourths of the states. The Bill of Rights plays a central role in American law and government, and remains a fundamental symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation. You can find a copy of the document at the National Archives in Washington D.C. The Amendments are as follows: Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence. Amendment VII In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.   The Bill of Rights is made up of _____ Amendments.
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      12

    • D. 

      8

  • 2. 
    Which of these best describes the First Amendment?
    • A. 

      The rights of free people

    • B. 

      Quartering Rights

    • C. 

      God Given Rights

    • D. 

      Rights of Criminals

  • 3. 
    Which of these freedoms is not protected by the First Amendment?
    • A. 

      Freedom of Speech

    • B. 

      Freedom of Press

    • C. 

      Freedom of Religion

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    How long did it take the Bill of Rights to come into effect?
    • A. 

      10 years

    • B. 

      Approximately 2 years

    • C. 

      30 days

    • D. 

      1 year

  • 5. 
    Which of the following statements is not true about our religious freedoms in the United States?
    • A. 

      We have the right to worship

    • B. 

      We have the right to not worship

    • C. 

      The President can establish a national church

    • D. 

      The government cannot favor one religion over another

  • 6. 
    Which amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment?
    • A. 

      Amendment 8

    • B. 

      Amendment 2

    • C. 

      Amendment 5

    • D. 

      Cruel and Unusual punishment is not prohibited

  • 7. 
    Which of these documents did NOT influence the Bill of Rights?
    • A. 

      Magna Carta

    • B. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      The Bible

    • D. 

      Both b and c

  • 8. 
    Who is the known as the Father of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • B. 

      James Madison

    • C. 

      George Washington

    • D. 

      Abraham Lincoln

  • 9. 
    The Bill of Rights limits the power of ______________ and protects the rights of _____________.
    • A. 

      People, government

    • B. 

      The President, Congress

    • C. 

      Government, people

    • D. 

      Congress, the Army

  • 10. 
    How many amendments were part of the Bill of Rights before it was ratified?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      12

    • C. 

      20

    • D. 

      None

  • 11. 
    Where can you find a copy of the Bill of Rights?
    • A. 

      The White House

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      National Archives

    • D. 

      There are no copies remaining

  • 12. 
    Which Amendment is the reason the police must have a search warrant to enter your house today?
    • A. 

      First

    • B. 

      Fifth

    • C. 

      Second

    • D. 

      Fourth

  • 13. 
    Which Amendment prohibits you from being tried for a crime twice? 
    • A. 

      Fifth

    • B. 

      Fourth

    • C. 

      Third

    • D. 

      You can be tried twice for the same crime

  • 14. 
    Which two rights are most similar?
    • A. 

      Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Press

    • B. 

      To bear arms and Freedom of Religion

    • C. 

      Freedom of Press and Freedom of Speech

    • D. 

      Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly

  • 15. 
    A person who writes to the President to stop the war in Iraq is exercising his freedom of:
    • A. 

      Press

    • B. 

      Assembly

    • C. 

      Speech

    • D. 

      Petition

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is not one of the reasons behind the Second Amendment?
    • A. 

      So the states can be protected by a militia

    • B. 

      So that militia volunteers can be armed

    • C. 

      So citizens may have guns

    • D. 

      So citizens can make a living selling and making guns

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is not one of the rights of the accused protected by the Fifth Amendment?
    • A. 

      Protection against self incrimination

    • B. 

      Protection from double jeapordy

    • C. 

      You are entitled to due process of law

    • D. 

      The right to an attorney

  • 18. 
    What larger document is the Bill Rights a part?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      United States Constitution

    • C. 

      Magna Carta

    • D. 

      None of the Above

  • 19. 
    You cannot be held to a crime unless you are:
    • A. 

      Indicted by a grand jury

    • B. 

      Arrested

    • C. 

      Accused

    • D. 

      Tried in court

  • 20. 
    According to the Third Amendment, a soldier has the right to occupy your house in times of war, without your consent.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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