How Well Do You Know the US Constitution?

1. Which of these founding fathers did NOT sign the constitution?

  • James Madison
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington

2. Who is responsible for making US laws, according to the Constitution?

  • Congress
  • The President
  • The Supreme Court

3. What document did the Constitution replace?

  • The Articles Of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Bill of Rights

4. What are the first 10 amendments often called?

  • The Preamble
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Federalist Papers
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

5. Which US President wrote most of the Constitution?

  • George Washington
  • James Madison
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Thomas Jefferson

6. What right does the First Amendment NOT address?

  • Free speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom from testifying against yourself in court
  • Freedom to assemble peaceably

7. Finish this 2nd amendment quote: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be _____."

  • infringed
  • taken away
  • discouraged
  • outlawed

8. The Constitution named the Vice President as the President of...

  • The Senate
  • The House of Representatives
  • The Supreme Court
  • General Motors

9. Who has the power to formally declare war, according to the Constitution?

  • The President
  • The Joint Chiefs Of Staff
  • The Congress
  • The Secretary of State

10. Which was the last state to ratify the Constitution?

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Rhode Island
  • New Hampshire

11. How many people did each black slave count as, according to the original constitution?

  • 2
  • 1
  • 3/5
  • 1/2

12. The Constitution has a total of how many amendments?

  • 10
  • 12
  • 21
  • 27

13. The supporters of the proposed Constitution called themselves what?

  • Whigs
  • Federalists
  • Anti-Federalists
  • Pro-Constitutionalists

14. Which amendment gives women the right to vote?

  • 3
  • 5
  • 21
  • 19

15. How many justices should be on the Supreme Court, according to the Constitution?

  • 9
  • 12
  • Between 9 and 12
  • The Constitution doesn't specify

16. When someone "pleads the fifth" amendment, that person is allowed to:

  • Use a gun to defend themselves
  • Confront their accuser in court
  • Refuse to answer questions that incriminate themselves
  • Avoid cruel and unusual punishment

17. What is the youngest age for a president, according to the Constitution?

  • There isn't one
  • 20
  • 30
  • 35

18. Which of the following has NO official role in changing or amending the Constitution?

  • The President
  • The House of Representatives
  • The States
  • The U.S. Senate

19. Where did the Constitutional Convention meet in 1787?

  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • New York
  • Wilmington

20. What did the 21st Amendment to the Constitution do?

  • It established the prohibition of alcoholic drinks
  • It repealed the prohibition of alcoholic drinks
  • It abolished slavery
  • It guaranteed African American men the right to vote

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Jefferson was 3,000 miles away serving as United States minister in France when the Constitution was drafted. He wrote to Madison that he had mixed feelings about it, and was particularly worried that it lacked a Bill of Rights - which was added soon afterwards.

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The correct answer is:

Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson was 3,000 miles away serving as United States minister in France when the Constitution was drafted. He wrote to Madison that he had mixed feelings about it, and was particularly worried that it lacked a Bill of Rights - which was added soon afterwards.

1. Which of these founding fathers did NOT sign the constitution?

  • James Madison
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington

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This is set out in Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

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The correct answer is:

The Supreme Court
This is set out in Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

2. Who is responsible for making US laws, according to the Constitution?

  • Congress
  • The President
  • The Supreme Court

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

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The Articles Of Confederation served as the founding document of the United States government after it declared independence from Great Britain in 1776.

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The correct answer is:

The Articles Of Confederation
The Articles Of Confederation served as the founding document of the United States government after it declared independence from Great Britain in 1776.

3. What document did the Constitution replace?

  • The Articles Of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Bill of Rights

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The Bill of Rights is a list of 10 limitations on government power so that individual rights aren't infringed.

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The correct answer is:

The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights is a list of 10 limitations on government power so that individual rights aren't infringed.

4. What are the first 10 amendments often called?

  • The Preamble
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Federalist Papers
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

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James Madison is the only US president who played any significant role in drafting the US Constitution. George Washington was one of its signers, but he wasn't part of the drafting committee.

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The correct answer is:

James Madison
James Madison is the only US president who played any significant role in drafting the US Constitution. George Washington was one of its signers, but he wasn't part of the drafting committee.

5. Which US President wrote most of the Constitution?

  • George Washington
  • James Madison
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Thomas Jefferson

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The First Amendment protects the freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, and of peaceable assembly, and the individual's right to petition the government.

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The correct answer is:

Freedom from testifying against yourself in court
The First Amendment protects the freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, and of peaceable assembly, and the individual's right to petition the government.

6. What right does the First Amendment NOT address?

  • Free speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom from testifying against yourself in court
  • Freedom to assemble peaceably

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The full Second Amendment reads as follows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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The correct answer is:

infringed
The full Second Amendment reads as follows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

7. Finish this 2nd amendment quote: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be _____."

  • infringed
  • taken away
  • discouraged
  • outlawed

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The Vice President can also cast the deciding vote, if a Senate vote is tied.

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The correct answer is:

The Senate
The Vice President can also cast the deciding vote, if a Senate vote is tied.

8. The Constitution named the Vice President as the President of...

  • The Senate
  • The House of Representatives
  • The Supreme Court
  • General Motors

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INCORRECT!

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In theory, only Congress has the power to declare war. But in practice, many presidents have sent troops into battle *before* Congress voted to authorize the war.

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The correct answer is:

The Congress
In theory, only Congress has the power to declare war. But in practice, many presidents have sent troops into battle *before* Congress voted to authorize the war.

9. Who has the power to formally declare war, according to the Constitution?

  • The President
  • The Joint Chiefs Of Staff
  • The Congress
  • The Secretary of State

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Rhode Island held out for two years, until May 1790.

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The correct answer is:

Rhode Island
Rhode Island held out for two years, until May 1790.

10. Which was the last state to ratify the Constitution?

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Rhode Island
  • New Hampshire

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This was the infamous Three-Fifths Compromise that gave the southern states one-third more electoral votes than if slaves had been ignored. At the time, slaves were unable to vote, so the compromise gave more weight to the vote of each property owner in the South, without conferring any political power on the slaves themselves.

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The correct answer is:

3/5
This was the infamous Three-Fifths Compromise that gave the southern states one-third more electoral votes than if slaves had been ignored. At the time, slaves were unable to vote, so the compromise gave more weight to the vote of each property owner in the South, without conferring any political power on the slaves themselves.

11. How many people did each black slave count as, according to the original constitution?

  • 2
  • 1
  • 3/5
  • 1/2

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The Twenty-seventh Amendment was passed in 1992. It prohibits changes to Congress members' salaries from taking effect until the start of the next terms of office for Representatives.

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The correct answer is:

27
The Twenty-seventh Amendment was passed in 1992. It prohibits changes to Congress members' salaries from taking effect until the start of the next terms of office for Representatives.

12. The Constitution has a total of how many amendments?

  • 10
  • 12
  • 21
  • 27

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The Federalists - led by James Madison - supported more federal government power, whereas the Anti-Federalists supported more power for individual states.

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The correct answer is:

Federalists
The Federalists - led by James Madison - supported more federal government power, whereas the Anti-Federalists supported more power for individual states.

13. The supporters of the proposed Constitution called themselves what?

  • Whigs
  • Federalists
  • Anti-Federalists
  • Pro-Constitutionalists

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INCORRECT!

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Women gained the right to vote in US federal elections in 1920, after the end of World War I.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

19
Women gained the right to vote in US federal elections in 1920, after the end of World War I.

14. Which amendment gives women the right to vote?

  • 3
  • 5
  • 21
  • 19

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The earliest court had 6 justices, but it was gradually expanded to its current size of nine, set by the Circuit Judges Act in 1869.

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The correct answer is:

The Constitution doesn't specify
The earliest court had 6 justices, but it was gradually expanded to its current size of nine, set by the Circuit Judges Act in 1869.

15. How many justices should be on the Supreme Court, according to the Constitution?

  • 9
  • 12
  • Between 9 and 12
  • The Constitution doesn't specify

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INCORRECT!

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The relevant portion of the amendment reads, "No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."

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The correct answer is:

Refuse to answer questions that incriminate themselves
The relevant portion of the amendment reads, "No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."

16. When someone "pleads the fifth" amendment, that person is allowed to:

  • Use a gun to defend themselves
  • Confront their accuser in court
  • Refuse to answer questions that incriminate themselves
  • Avoid cruel and unusual punishment

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

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The youngest president elected to office was John F. Kennedy, at age 43. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt was even younger when he became president at age 42, when then-president William McKinley was assassinated.

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The correct answer is:

35
The youngest president elected to office was John F. Kennedy, at age 43. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt was even younger when he became president at age 42, when then-president William McKinley was assassinated.

17. What is the youngest age for a president, according to the Constitution?

  • There isn't one
  • 20
  • 30
  • 35

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INCORRECT!

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The president isn't allowed to propose or vote on constitutional amendments.

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The correct answer is:

The President
The president isn't allowed to propose or vote on constitutional amendments.

18. Which of the following has NO official role in changing or amending the Constitution?

  • The President
  • The House of Representatives
  • The States
  • The U.S. Senate

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INCORRECT!

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The Convention was the meeting of delegates to draft the Constitution. The meeting is sometimes referred to as the Philadelphia Convention.

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The correct answer is:

Philadelphia
The Convention was the meeting of delegates to draft the Constitution. The meeting is sometimes referred to as the Philadelphia Convention.

19. Where did the Constitutional Convention meet in 1787?

  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • New York
  • Wilmington

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The amendment re-legalized alcoholic drinks in 1933. The sale and consumption of alcohol had been prohibited for 13 years by the Eighteenth Amendment, passed in 1920.

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The correct answer is:

It repealed the prohibition of alcoholic drinks
The amendment re-legalized alcoholic drinks in 1933. The sale and consumption of alcohol had been prohibited for 13 years by the Eighteenth Amendment, passed in 1920.

20. What did the 21st Amendment to the Constitution do?

  • It established the prohibition of alcoholic drinks
  • It repealed the prohibition of alcoholic drinks
  • It abolished slavery
  • It guaranteed African American men the right to vote

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