Are you smarter than a 7th grade civics student?

1. The branches of government limit each other by a system of...

  • Cognitive thought.
  • Direct democracy.
  • Revolution.
  • Checks and balances.

2. Who is first in the order of Presidential succession?

  • The Chief Justice.
  • The Secretary of State.
  • The president's oldest child.
  • The Vice President.

3. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?

  • The first 10 amendments.
  • The Jefferson Doctrine.
  • The Bill of Rights.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation.

4. What are the Articles of Confederation?

  • The first American Constitution passed in 1777.
  • The second half of the Constitution that unites the 50 States under the Federal Government.
  • Documents written by President Lincoln during the Civil War.
  • The article in the Constitution that guarantees the right to pass amendments.

5. What are the three branches of government?

  • Executive, Legislative, Electorate.
  • Constitutional, Executive, Parliament.
  • Legislative, Executive, Judicial.
  • Eukarya, Plantae, Animalia.

6. The ____ ____ ____ of 1964 bans discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, and national origin.

  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Civil Rights Act
  • Equal Rights Act

7. How many members are in the House of Representatives?

  • 100 members.
  • 200 members.
  • 435 members.
  • 535 members.

8. What two responsibilities are mandatory for every US citizen?

  • Voting and paying taxes.
  • Jury duty and serving as a witness when subpoenaed.
  • Volunteering and obeying all laws.
  • Serving in the military and participating in local government.

9. What happens if a foreign couple has a child on US soil?

  • The child and parents are granted US citizenship.
  • The child is granted US citizenship, but not the parents.
  • Nothing.
  • The parents and child are deported.

10. A ________ committee has members from both chambers of congress, who work together on a final bill to be voted by both chambers.

  • Bipartisan
  • Joint
  • Independent
  • Congressional Senate

11. Who can issue a line-item veto?

  • The President.
  • State Governors.
  • The Supreme Court Justices.
  • All of the Above.

12. What is the Electoral College?

  • The class of representatives entering Congress for the first time.
  • A group of people who vote for the President and Vice President.
  • A group of people regularly polled for opinions on election law.
  • An academic standard.

13. Who presides over the Senate?

  • The Senate Majority Leader.
  • The House Majority Leader.
  • The Chief Justice.
  • The Vice President.

14. When can a Veto be overruled?

  • When the Senate and the House have a two-thirds majority supporting it.
  • Only on leap years.
  • When the President leaves the country.
  • When a joint committee hearing is held.

15. How long does a Senator serve before they're up for reelection?

  • 7 years.
  • 6 years.
  • 4 years.
  • 2 years.

16. How many Justices currently serve on the Supreme Court?

  • 6
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

17. What happens if the President is Impeached?

  • The President is arrested for treason.
  • Congress puts the President on trial.
  • The President is succeeded by the Vice President.
  • The President is not allowed to run for a second term.

18. The Supreme Court case _____________ provides someone charged with a crime a free attorney in a criminal case if they cannot afford representation.

  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Gideon v. Wainwright
  • Roe v. Wade
  • Wright v. Carter

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The founding fathers wanted to create a system of government based on a system of accountability, unlike the monarchies of Europe.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Checks and balances.
The founding fathers wanted to create a system of government based on a system of accountability, unlike the monarchies of Europe.

1. The branches of government limit each other by a system of...

  • Cognitive thought.
  • Direct democracy.
  • Revolution.
  • Checks and balances.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Vice President takes place as acting President when the President is no longer able to fulfill his duties.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

The Vice President.
The Vice President takes place as acting President when the President is no longer able to fulfill his duties.

2. Who is first in the order of Presidential succession?

  • The Chief Justice.
  • The Secretary of State.
  • The president's oldest child.
  • The Vice President.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

James Madison wrote the Bill of Rights in response to concerns for states rights.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

The Bill of Rights.
James Madison wrote the Bill of Rights in response to concerns for states rights.

3. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?

  • The first 10 amendments.
  • The Jefferson Doctrine.
  • The Bill of Rights.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

The first American Constitution passed in 1777.
The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777.

4. What are the Articles of Confederation?

  • The first American Constitution passed in 1777.
  • The second half of the Constitution that unites the 50 States under the Federal Government.
  • Documents written by President Lincoln during the Civil War.
  • The article in the Constitution that guarantees the right to pass amendments.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The separation of government into 3 branches was another way the newly founded American government attempted to distribute power in a way that would prevent dictatorship or consolidation of power.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Legislative, Executive, Judicial.
The separation of government into 3 branches was another way the newly founded American government attempted to distribute power in a way that would prevent dictatorship or consolidation of power.

5. What are the three branches of government?

  • Executive, Legislative, Electorate.
  • Constitutional, Executive, Parliament.
  • Legislative, Executive, Judicial.
  • Eukarya, Plantae, Animalia.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Civil Rights Act was intended to counteract the still pervasive systems of institutionalized racism that prevented people of color from functioning fully in society.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Civil Rights Act
The Civil Rights Act was intended to counteract the still pervasive systems of institutionalized racism that prevented people of color from functioning fully in society.

6. The ____ ____ ____ of 1964 bans discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, and national origin.

  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Civil Rights Act
  • Equal Rights Act

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The number of people in the House fluctuates depending on the number of constituents being represented.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

435 members.
The number of people in the House fluctuates depending on the number of constituents being represented.

7. How many members are in the House of Representatives?

  • 100 members.
  • 200 members.
  • 435 members.
  • 535 members.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Unfortunately, jury duty really is mandatory. Don't ignore the red and white jury duty envelope!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Jury duty and serving as a witness when subpoenaed.
Unfortunately, jury duty really is mandatory. Don't ignore the red and white jury duty envelope!

8. What two responsibilities are mandatory for every US citizen?

  • Voting and paying taxes.
  • Jury duty and serving as a witness when subpoenaed.
  • Volunteering and obeying all laws.
  • Serving in the military and participating in local government.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

In 1898, the Supreme Court rules that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that all people born on U.S. soil are citizens, regardless of their parents citizenship status.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

The child is granted US citizenship, but not the parents.
In 1898, the Supreme Court rules that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that all people born on U.S. soil are citizens, regardless of their parents citizenship status.

9. What happens if a foreign couple has a child on US soil?

  • The child and parents are granted US citizenship.
  • The child is granted US citizenship, but not the parents.
  • Nothing.
  • The parents and child are deported.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

There are both standing joint committees, which are permanent, and special joint committees, which are committees created for unique causes.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Joint
There are both standing joint committees, which are permanent, and special joint committees, which are committees created for unique causes.

10. A ________ committee has members from both chambers of congress, who work together on a final bill to be voted by both chambers.

  • Bipartisan
  • Joint
  • Independent
  • Congressional Senate

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

A line-item veto enables a chief executive to reject certain parts of a bill, without rejecting the bill in its entirety.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

State Governors.
A line-item veto enables a chief executive to reject certain parts of a bill, without rejecting the bill in its entirety.

11. Who can issue a line-item veto?

  • The President.
  • State Governors.
  • The Supreme Court Justices.
  • All of the Above.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Electoral College is a electoral institution comprised of representatives, equal in number to the amount of representatives each state has in Congress, that then cast votes for President.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

A group of people who vote for the President and Vice President.
The Electoral College is a electoral institution comprised of representatives, equal in number to the amount of representatives each state has in Congress, that then cast votes for President.

12. What is the Electoral College?

  • The class of representatives entering Congress for the first time.
  • A group of people who vote for the President and Vice President.
  • A group of people regularly polled for opinions on election law.
  • An academic standard.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Fun fact: only the Vice President has the ability to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

The Vice President.
Fun fact: only the Vice President has the ability to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

13. Who presides over the Senate?

  • The Senate Majority Leader.
  • The House Majority Leader.
  • The Chief Justice.
  • The Vice President.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The concept of the veto actually originated in Roman tribunals and consuls.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

When the Senate and the House have a two-thirds majority supporting it.
The concept of the veto actually originated in Roman tribunals and consuls.

14. When can a Veto be overruled?

  • When the Senate and the House have a two-thirds majority supporting it.
  • Only on leap years.
  • When the President leaves the country.
  • When a joint committee hearing is held.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Senators serve for 6 years, whereas House Representatives serve 2 year terms.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

6 years.
Senators serve for 6 years, whereas House Representatives serve 2 year terms.

15. How long does a Senator serve before they're up for reelection?

  • 7 years.
  • 6 years.
  • 4 years.
  • 2 years.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

There weren't always 9 justices. In fact the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789 called for 6 justices, but by 1863, there were a total of 9 Supreme Court Justices.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

9
There weren't always 9 justices. In fact the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789 called for 6 justices, but by 1863, there were a total of 9 Supreme Court Justices.

16. How many Justices currently serve on the Supreme Court?

  • 6
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Only two U.S. Presidents have ever been impeaches, President Bill Clinton and President Andrew Johnson.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Congress puts the President on trial.
Only two U.S. Presidents have ever been impeaches, President Bill Clinton and President Andrew Johnson.

17. What happens if the President is Impeached?

  • The President is arrested for treason.
  • Congress puts the President on trial.
  • The President is succeeded by the Vice President.
  • The President is not allowed to run for a second term.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Clarence Gideon was accused of breaking and entering with the intent to commit a misdemeanor in Florida. When in court, he asked the judge to appoint him counsel because he could not afford a lawyer, resulting providing lawyers to those who could not afford them.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Gideon v. Wainwright
Clarence Gideon was accused of breaking and entering with the intent to commit a misdemeanor in Florida. When in court, he asked the judge to appoint him counsel because he could not afford a lawyer, resulting providing lawyers to those who could not afford them.

18. The Supreme Court case _____________ provides someone charged with a crime a free attorney in a criminal case if they cannot afford representation.

  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Gideon v. Wainwright
  • Roe v. Wade
  • Wright v. Carter

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