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  • 1. 

    How many articles do the Articles Of Confederation have?

    • A.

      One

    • B.

      Five

    • C.

      Three

    • D.

      13

    Correct Answer
    D. 13
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 13 because the Articles of Confederation, which served as the first constitution of the United States, consisted of 13 articles. These articles outlined the powers and limitations of the central government, including matters related to the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, as well as the admission of new states and the amendment process.

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  • 2. 

    What section of the Constitution describes the purpose of the document and government?

    • A.

      Preamble

    • B.

      Bill Of Rights

    • C.

      Amendments

    • D.

      Articles

    Correct Answer
    A. Preamble
    Explanation
    The Preamble of the Constitution describes the purpose of the document and government. It is an introductory statement that outlines the goals and principles of the Constitution. It states that the Constitution is established to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for the people. The Preamble sets the tone and intention of the Constitution and serves as a guiding principle for the interpretation and implementation of the document.

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  • 3. 

    What does the Constitution call the rights that anyone living in America has?

    • A.

      God-given Rights

    • B.

      Absolute Rights

    • C.

      Inalienable Rights

    • D.

      Inherent Rights

    Correct Answer
    D. Inherent Rights
    Explanation
    The Constitution refers to the rights that anyone living in America has as "Inherent Rights." These rights are considered to be fundamental and natural, belonging to every individual by virtue of their existence. They cannot be taken away or transferred, and they form the basis for the protection of individual liberties in the United States.

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  • 4. 

    What document begins with the words "We, the people of the United States"?

    • A.

      Gettysburg Address

    • B.

      Federalist Papers

    • C.

      Declaration Of Independence

    • D.

      Constitution

    Correct Answer
    D. Constitution
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Constitution. The Constitution of the United States begins with the words "We, the people of the United States." This document serves as the supreme law of the country, establishing the framework for the government and outlining the rights and freedoms of its citizens. It was adopted in 1787 and has since been amended multiple times to reflect the changing needs and values of the nation.

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  • 5. 

    How long did it take to write the U.S. Constitution?

    • A.

      Four Months

    • B.

      Six Months

    • C.

      One Day

    • D.

      One Year

    Correct Answer
    A. Four Months
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Four Months. The U.S. Constitution was written in a span of four months. The drafting of the Constitution began on May 25, 1787, and the final version was signed on September 17, 1787. During this time, delegates from the 13 states gathered in Philadelphia to discuss and debate the structure and content of the Constitution. The process involved compromises and negotiations, resulting in the creation of a document that laid the foundation for the United States government.

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  • 6. 

    Which state was the first to ratify the Constitution?

    • A.

      Rhode Island

    • B.

      Delaware

    • C.

      Massachusetts

    • D.

      Maine

    Correct Answer
    B. Delaware
    Explanation
    Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution. Ratification refers to the formal approval or acceptance of a document or agreement. In this case, it refers to the acceptance of the United States Constitution. Delaware's ratification on December 7, 1787, marked an important milestone in the establishment of the new American government.

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  • 7. 

    What was the last state to ratify the U.S. Constitution?

    • A.

      Main

    • B.

      Delaware

    • C.

      Washington

    • D.

      Rhode Island

    Correct Answer
    D. Rhode Island
    Explanation
    Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Ratification of the Constitution required approval from nine out of the thirteen states, and Rhode Island was initially hesitant to do so. They were concerned about the lack of a Bill of Rights and the extent of federal power. However, after the Constitution went into effect in 1789 and the Bill of Rights was added in 1791, Rhode Island finally ratified the Constitution in 1790.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the President of the Constitutional Convention?

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D.

      James Madison

    Correct Answer
    A. George Washington
    Explanation
    George Washington was the President of the Constitutional Convention because he was chosen by the delegates to preside over the convention. As one of the Founding Fathers and the first President of the United States, Washington was highly respected and seen as a natural leader. His experience and leadership skills made him the ideal candidate to guide the convention and ensure its success.

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  • 9. 

    Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of Alabama was removed in 2003 after refusing to remove a monument of what?

    • A.

      Jesus Christ

    • B.

      The Statue Of David

    • C.

      The Ten Commandments

    • D.

      The Bible

    Correct Answer
    C. The Ten Commandments
    Explanation
    Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of Alabama was removed in 2003 after refusing to remove a monument of The Ten Commandments. This indicates that the correct answer is The Ten Commandments.

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  • 10. 

    In 2005, the Supreme Court agreed to hear which former Playmate's case for her late husband's inheritance?

    • A.

      Jenny McCarthy

    • B.

      Shanna Moakler

    • C.

      Anna Nicole Smith

    • D.

      Donna D'errico

    Correct Answer
    C. Anna Nicole Smith
    Explanation
    In 2005, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Anna Nicole Smith's case for her late husband's inheritance. Anna Nicole Smith was a former Playmate who was married to J. Howard Marshall II, an oil tycoon. After Marshall's death, Smith claimed that she was entitled to a share of his estate. The case became highly publicized and went through several legal battles before reaching the Supreme Court. The court's decision to hear the case indicates its significance and the potential impact it could have on inheritance laws.

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  • 11. 

    What Supreme Court Justice underwent treatment for thyroid cancer in 2004?

    • A.

      Sandra Day O'Connor

    • B.

      David Souter

    • C.

      William Rehnquist

    • D.

      Antonin Scalia

    Correct Answer
    C. William Rehnquist
    Explanation
    William Rehnquist is the correct answer because he underwent treatment for thyroid cancer in 2004. This information is well-known and documented. Rehnquist served as the Chief Justice of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2005. His battle with thyroid cancer was widely reported, and he continued to serve on the Supreme Court while undergoing treatment.

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  • 12. 

    What was created to start the judicial branch of government?

    • A.

      The Supreme Court

    • B.

      The Police Force

    • C.

      Congress

    • D.

      The Armed Forces

    Correct Answer
    A. The Supreme Court
    Explanation
    The Supreme Court was created to start the judicial branch of government. It is the highest court in the United States and has the power to interpret and apply the law, resolve disputes, and protect individual rights. The creation of the Supreme Court was a crucial step in establishing a system of checks and balances in the government, ensuring that the judiciary has the power to review and limit the actions of the other branches.

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  • 13. 

    Who approves the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice?

    • A.

      The President

    • B.

      The House Of Representatives

    • C.

      The Attorney General

    • D.

      The Senate

    Correct Answer
    D. The Senate
    Explanation
    The Senate approves the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. As per the United States Constitution, the President nominates a candidate for the position, but it is the Senate's responsibility to provide advice and consent on the nomination. This means that the Senate must review the nominee's qualifications and conduct confirmation hearings before voting to approve or reject the appointment. The Senate's role in the appointment process ensures a system of checks and balances and allows for the involvement of the legislative branch in the selection of Supreme Court Justices.

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  • 14. 

    How long does a Supreme Court Justice serve?

    • A.

      4 Years

    • B.

      2 Years

    • C.

      10 Years

    • D.

      Life

    Correct Answer
    D. Life
    Explanation
    A Supreme Court Justice serves for life. This is because their appointment is intended to be permanent, ensuring their independence from political pressures and allowing them to make decisions based on the law rather than public opinion. Lifetime appointments also provide stability and consistency to the court, as justices can serve for many years, influencing and shaping the interpretation of the Constitution and laws for generations to come.

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  • 15. 

    How do individual citizens become involved in the judicial process?

    • A.

      Paying Taxes

    • B.

      Doing Community Service

    • C.

      Becoming Jurors

    • D.

      Watching Court TV

    Correct Answer
    C. Becoming Jurors
    Explanation
    Individual citizens become involved in the judicial process by becoming jurors. Jurors are selected from the general population to serve on a jury during a trial. They are responsible for listening to the evidence presented in court and making a decision based on the facts and the law. Serving as a juror is a civic duty and an important way for citizens to participate in the legal system and ensure justice is served.

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