The U.S. Constitution

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Basics of the U. S. Constitution!


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  • 1. 
    The U.S. Constitution was a direct result of what war?
    • A. 

      The Civil War

    • B. 

      The American Revolution

    • C. 

      The Spanish-American War

    • D. 

      World War I

    • E. 

      The French & Indian War

  • 2. 
    When was the Constitution ratified?
    • A. 

      June 21st, 1788

    • B. 

      July 4th, 1776

    • C. 

      June 6th, 1763

    • D. 

      October 14th, 1812

    • E. 

      July 21st, 1798

  • 3. 
    What is the role of Congress?
    • A. 

      To interpret the Constitution and apply it to cases.

    • B. 

      To appoint the president.

    • C. 

      To carry out laws.

    • D. 

      To appoint the Supreme Court justices.

    • E. 

      To make laws.

  • 4. 
    What is the role of the president?
    • A. 

      To interpret the Constitution and apply it to cases.

    • B. 

      To appoint the Congressmen/women and Senators.

    • C. 

      To carry out laws.

    • D. 

      To declare war.

    • E. 

      To make laws.

  • 5. 
    What is the role of the Judicial branch?
    • A. 

      To interpret the Constitution and apply it to cases.

    • B. 

      To appoint the Congressmen/women and Senators.

    • C. 

      To carry out laws.

    • D. 

      To declare war.

    • E. 

      To make laws.

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      So other countries cannot come in and seize control of the government.

    • B. 

      So state governments can have more power than federal governments.

    • C. 

      So not just one branch of government gets too much power.

    • D. 

      So powers stay balanced and divided equally.

    • E. 

      So the king of England will be pleased.

  • 7. 
    The first ten amendments of the Constitution are called
  • 8. 
    In order to be a Senator, one must be at least __________ years old. 
  • 9. 
    Who was technically the main author of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      George Washington

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      John Hancock

    • E. 

      Patrick Henry

  • 10. 
    How many states are needed to ratify an amendment? 
    • A. 

      3/5

    • B. 

      3/4

    • C. 

      2/3

    • D. 

      1/2

    • E. 

      All

  • 11. 
    There are __________ amendments (including the Bill of Rights).
    • A. 

      21

    • B. 

      17

    • C. 

      29

    • D. 

      32

    • E. 

      27

  • 12. 
    Which of the following amendments to the Constitution was NOT part of the Bill of Rights?
    • A. 

      Freedom of speech, press, and religion.

    • B. 

      Trial by jury.

    • C. 

      Protection against illegal search.

    • D. 

      The right to bear arms.

    • E. 

      Direct election of senators.

  • 13. 
    According to the Constitution, the president is chosen by?
    • A. 

      Both Houses of Congress.

    • B. 

      The Senate.

    • C. 

      The House of Representatives.

    • D. 

      The electoral college.

    • E. 

      Popular vote of the people.

  • 14. 
    The people who OPPOSED the ratification of the Constitution were called? (Federalists or Antifederalists)
  • 15. 
    A major weakness of the Articles of Confederation was that they?
    • A. 

      Did not include a mechanism for their own amendment.

    • B. 

      Created a too-powerful chief executive.

    • C. 

      Required the ratification of only a simple majority of states.

    • D. 

      Made it too difficult for the government to raise money through taxes and duties.

    • E. 

      Denied the federal government the power to mediate disputes between states.

  • 16. 
    What series of essays were written to support the adoption of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Common Sense

    • B. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • C. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      The Federalist Papers

    • E. 

      The Necessary and Proper Clause

  • 17. 
    Describe one amendment and how it changed an aspect of U.S. government.