Principles Of American Democracy

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This quiz is based on what you've learned in Part A: Principles of American Democracy. It should cover the overall summary.


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  • 1. 

    What is the Supreme Law of the Land?

    • A.

      U.S. Constitution

    • B.

      The Declaration of Independence

    • C.

      The Bill of Rights

    • D.

      The 1st Amendment

    Correct Answer
    A. U.S. Constitution
    Explanation
    The U.S. Constitution is considered the Supreme Law of the Land because it is the highest legal authority in the United States. It establishes the framework of the government, outlines the powers and limitations of each branch, and protects the fundamental rights of the citizens. The Constitution is the foundation upon which all other laws are based, and it can only be changed through a specific process outlined within the document itself. Therefore, it holds the highest authority and serves as the ultimate source of law in the country.

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  • 2. 

    The __ amendments are called the Bill of Rights.

    • A.

      First 5

    • B.

      Last 5

    • C.

      First 10

    • D.

      Last 10

    Correct Answer
    C. First 10
    Explanation
    The first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights because they were added to the United States Constitution to protect individual rights and limit the power of the government. These amendments include important rights such as freedom of speech, religion, and the right to a fair trial. They were added shortly after the Constitution was ratified to address the concerns of those who felt that the original document did not provide enough protection for individual liberties.

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  • 3. 

    July 4, 1776 is important because…

    • A.

      The Revolutionary War started

    • B.

      The colonies declared independence from Great Britain

    • C.

      The Declartion of Independence was created

    • D.

      The Bill of Rights was created

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. The colonies declared independence from Great Britain
    C. The Declartion of Independence was created
    Explanation
    July 4, 1776 is important because the colonies declared independence from Great Britain and the Declaration of Independence was created. This date marks a significant moment in American history when the thirteen colonies officially severed their ties with Great Britain and asserted their independence. The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, outlined the colonies' grievances against the British government and declared their intention to form a new nation based on principles of liberty and equality. This event ultimately led to the formation of the United States of America.

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  • 4. 

    How many original colonies were there?

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      11

    • C.

      12

    • D.

      13

    Correct Answer
    D. 13
    Explanation
    There were 13 original colonies in the United States. This is a well-known fact in American history. The original 13 colonies were established by European settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries and eventually became the first 13 states of the United States. These colonies played a significant role in shaping the early history and development of the country.

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  • 5. 

    Define rule of the law.

    • A.

      The Supreme Law of the Land

    • B.

      Law is above everyone and it applies to everyone

    • C.

      Everyone should obey the law

    • D.

      The law is above everyone and it only applies to the government

    Correct Answer
    B. Law is above everyone and it applies to everyone
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that the rule of law means that the law is above everyone and applies to everyone. This means that no one is above the law and that all individuals, including the government, are bound by and must obey the law. The rule of law ensures equality and fairness in society by holding everyone accountable and preventing the abuse of power.

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  • 6. 

    What is the U.S. economic system?

    • A.

      Capitalism

    • B.

      Socialism

    • C.

      Mixed economy

    • D.

      Traditional economy

    Correct Answer
    A. Capitalism
    Explanation
    The U.S. economic system is characterized by capitalism. In a capitalist system, the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated for profit. This system allows for individual economic freedom, competition, and the pursuit of self-interest. In the U.S., businesses and industries are privately owned, and the government's role is limited to regulating and supporting the market. This system encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth.

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