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United States Constitution Quizzes & Trivia

Ch. 3; Section 1,2,3


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  • 1. 
    What is a written change to the words in the Constitution called?
  • 2. 
    The system of _________ prevents one branch of government from overpowering the other two branches. 
  • 3. 
    Articles 1,2,and 3 of the U.S. constitution provide for ____________ by creating three branchesof government, the legislative, executive and judicial branches. 
  • 4. 
    This amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.   
  • 5. 
    This amendment protects us from cruel and unsual punshinment being imposed by the government.
  • 6. 
    This amendment gave women the right to vote.
  • 7. 
    What principle/element of the constitution declares that the courts have the power to declare an act of government unconstitutional?
  • 8. 
    What amendment was a direct result of the Vietnam war?
  • 9. 
    What religion clause of the 1st amendment, prohibits the government (i.e. school, city, state, and federal government) from promoting a national religion?
  • 10. 
    With the words "We the people of the United States" the Constitution establishes its authority on the basis of:
    • A. 

      Popular sovereignty

    • B. 

      Federalism

    • C. 

      Separation of Church and State

    • D. 

      Limited Government

  • 11. 
    Changes to the constitution by means other than a formal amendment result:
    • A. 

      Changes in the written words of the U.S. Constitution

    • B. 

      Require 75 percent approval in Congress and 3/4 ratification from the states

    • C. 

      Have occured rarely over the last 200 years

    • D. 

      Occur on a regular basis through judicial review, executive agreements, and legislation

  • 12. 
    Which of the following is a method of formal amendment?
    • A. 

      Proposed by 3/4 of the House of Representative and ratified (approved) by 3/4 of the States

    • B. 

      Proposed by 2/3 of each house in Congress and ratified (approved) by 3/4 of the states.

    • C. 

      Proposed by 3/4 of the states and ratified (approved) by the President

    • D. 

      Proposed by 2/3 of the Senate and ratified by the 3/4 of the states

  • 13. 
    Which article of the constitution gives power to the Executive branch (President)?
    • A. 

      Article 7

    • B. 

      Article 1

    • C. 

      Article 3

    • D. 

      Article 2

    • E. 

      None of the Above

  • 14. 
    What is the introduction to the Constitutiton called?
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article II

    • C. 

      Article III

    • D. 

      Preamble

  • 15. 
    What is the Supreme law of the land?
    • A. 

      Bill of Rights

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      U.S. Constitution

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is NOT true of the U.S. Constitution?
    • A. 

      It has not been changed in 50 years

    • B. 

      It is open to interpretation

    • C. 

      It is the highest form of law in the United States

    • D. 

      It sets the guidelines for the government to work under

  • 17. 
    Which of the following was formally amended to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Prohibition of rape

    • B. 

      Prohibition of alcoholic beverages

    • C. 

      Prohibition of child labor

    • D. 

      Prohibition of murder

  • 18. 
    Which of the roles of government is not stated in the Preamble to the Constiution?
    • A. 

      Promote general welfare

    • B. 

      Establish Justice

    • C. 

      Make everyone equal

    • D. 

      Provide for the common defense

  • 19. 
    Which of the following best describes how the Supreme Court can shape the Constitution?
    • A. 

      By proposing a constitutional amendment

    • B. 

      By influencing political parties

    • C. 

      By interpreting the words of the Constitution

    • D. 

      By impeaching a President of the United States

  • 20. 
    Tinker v. Des Moines School District (1969)- Supreme Court Case The case involved several Des Moines students who wore black armbands to protest the Vietnam War in  a "silent, passsive expression of opinion".  The school district passed a policy that did not allow the students to wear the armbands.  The Court ruled that students may express personal opinions as long as they do not disrupt classwork, create substantial disruption in school, or interfere with the rights of others.  With what amendment does this court case deal with?
    • A. 

      1st amendment

    • B. 

      2nd amendment

    • C. 

      4th amendment

    • D. 

      8th amendment

  • 21. 
    Gregg v. Georgia (1976) A Georgia jury sentenced Troy Gregg to death after finding him guilty on two counts each of murder and armed robbery.  Gregg appealed claiming that the death penalty was too harsh for his crimes.  The court ruled that "punishment of death does not violate the Constitution".  What amendment does this court case deal with?
    • A. 

      4th amendment

    • B. 

      5th amendment

    • C. 

      8th amendment

    • D. 

      9th amendment

  • 22. 
    Vanessa Hunt sued James Hunt for not failure to pay back the $19.99 she let him borrow freshman year.  According to the Constitution she has the right to have a trial by jury in this case. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    When the City of Chicago outlawed handguns in the city limits because of the high level of violence, the law was ruled  unconstitutional because it violated the 2nd amendment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called:
    • A. 

      Bill of Rights

    • B. 

      Bill of Responsibilities by the government

    • C. 

      Preamble

    • D. 

      Declaration of Rights

  • 25. 
    Vocab: An adjustment of principles or systems by modifying a part of each.
  • 26. 
    Vocab: A boy of laws that sets out the principles, structures, and processes of a government. 
  • 27. 
    Vocab: Exclusive power of Congress to regulate interstate & foreign trade
  • 28. 
    This amendment is the most commonly used amendment to challenge government action in the courts.  It guarantees equal protection under the law for all persons in the United States.
    • A. 

      1st amendment

    • B. 

      2nd amendment

    • C. 

      19th amendment

    • D. 

      14th amendment

  • 29. 
    This amendment states that people in the United States have the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press (media), right to petition the government (ask for redress of grievances), and the right to peacefully assemble.  .
    • A. 

      19th amendment

    • B. 

      1st amendment

    • C. 

      3rd amendment

    • D. 

      27th amendment

  • 30. 
    This amendment guarantees that all persons born in the United States are automatically U.S. citizens. 
    • A. 

      1st amendment

    • B. 

      8th amendment

    • C. 

      14th amendment

    • D. 

      19th amendment

  • 31. 
    What does the the phrase "The constitution is a living breathing document" refer to?
    • A. 

      The Constitution's ability to change

    • B. 

      The Constititutions inability to change

    • C. 

      The idea that the Constitution should not change

    • D. 

      The idea that the Constitution is the Supreme law of the land

  • 32. 
    Which Constitutional Article sets out the roles, duties, and powers of the Executive branch?
    • A. 

      Preamble

    • B. 

      Article I

    • C. 

      Article II

    • D. 

      Article III

    • E. 

      Article IV

  • 33. 
    Which section of the Constitution sets out the role, duties, and powers of the Judicial Branch
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article II

    • C. 

      Article III

    • D. 

      Preamble

  • 34. 
    In what ways has the Constitution been changed other than formal amendments?
    • A. 

      Congressional legislation

    • B. 

      Executive Action

    • C. 

      Supreme Court decisions

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 35. 
    To which amendment does the visual on the board refer to?
    • A. 

      1st amendment

    • B. 

      2nd amendment

    • C. 

      4th amendment

    • D. 

      19th amendment