#1: What is the supreme law of the land?
#2: What does the Constitution do?
- sets up the government
- defines the government
- protects basic rights of Americans
#3: The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
#4: What is an amendment?
- change (to the Constitution)
- an addition (to the Constitution)
#5: What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
#6: What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
- petition the government
#7: How many amendments does the Constitution have?
#8: What did the Declaration of Independence do?
- announced our independence (from Great Britain)
- declared our independence (from Great Britain)
- said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
#9: What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
- pursuit of happiness
#10: What is freedom of religion?
- You can practice any religion, or not practice
#11: What is the economic system in the United States?
- capitalist economy
- market economy
#12: What is the 'rule of law'?
- Everyone must follow the law.
- Leaders must obey the law.
- Government must obey the law.
- No one is above the law.
#13: Name one branch or part of the government.
- the courts
#14: What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
- checks and balances
- separation of powers
#15: Who is in charge of the executive branch?
#16: Who makes federal laws?
- Senate and House (of Representatives)
- (U.S. or national) legislature
#17: What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
- the Senate and House (of Representatives)
#18: How many U.S. Senators are there?
#19: We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
#20: Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?
#21: The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
- four hundred thirty-five (435)
#22: We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
#23: Name your U.S. Representative.
#24: Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
#25: Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
- (because of) the state’s population
- (because) they have more people
- (because) some states have more people
#26: We elect a President for how many years?
#27: In what month do we vote for President?
#28: What is the name of the President of the United States now?
#29: What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
#30: If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
#31: If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
#32: Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
#33: Who signs bills to become laws?
#35: What does the President’s Cabinet do?
#36: What are two Cabinet-level positions?
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Secretary of Commerce
- Secretary of Defense
- Secretary of Education
- Secretary of Energy
- Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Secretary of Homeland Security
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Secretary of the Interior
- Secretary of Labor
- Secretary of State
- Secretary of Transportation
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- Attorney General
- Vice President
#37: What does the judicial branch do?
- reviews laws
- explains laws
- resolves disputes (disagreements)
- decides if law goes against the Constitution
#38: What is the highest court in the United States?
#39: How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
#40: Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
- John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)
#41: Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
- to print money
- to declare war
- to create an army
- to make treaties
#42: Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
- provide schooling and education
- provide protection (police)
- provide safety (fire departments)
- driver’s license
- approve zoning and land use
#43: Who is the Governor of your state now?
#44: What is the capital of your state?
#45: What are the two major political parties in the United States?
- Democratic and Republican
#46: What is the political party of the President now?
#47: What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
#48: There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
- Citizens eighteen (18) and older (can vote).
- You don’t have to pay (a poll tax) to vote.
- Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote.)
- male citizen of any race (can vote).
#49: What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
- serve on a jury
- vote in a federal election
#50: Name one right only for United States citizens.
- vote in a federal election
- run for federal office
#51: What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
- freedom of expression
- freedom of speech
- freedom of assembly
- freedom to petition the government
- freedom of worship
- the right to bear arms
#52: What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
- the United States
- the flag
#53: What is one promise you make when you become United States citizen?
- give up loyalty to other countries
- defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
- obey the laws of the United States
- serve in the U.S. military (if needed)
- serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)
#54: How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
#55: What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
- join a political party
- help with a campaign
- join a civic group
- join a community group
- give an elected official your opinion on an issue
- call Senators and Representatives
- publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
- run for office
- write to a newspaper
#56: When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
#57: When must all men register for the Selective Service?
- at age eighteen (18)
- between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)
#58: What is one reason colonists came to America?
- political liberty
- religious freedom
- economic opportunity
- practice their religion
- escape persecution
#59: Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
- American Indians
- Native Americans
#60: What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
- people from Africa
#61: Why did the colonists fight the British?
- because of high taxes (taxation without representation)
- because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
- because they didn’t have self-government
#62: Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
#63: When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
#64: There were 13 original states. Name three.
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
#65: What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
- The Constitution was written.
- The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
#66: When was the Constitution written?
#67: The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
- (James) Madison
- (Alexander) Hamilton
- (John) Jay
#68: What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
- U.S. diplomat
- oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
- first Postmaster General of the United States
- writer of 'Poor Richard’s Almanac'
- started the first free libraries
#69: Who is the 'Father of Our Country'?
#70: Who was the first President?*
#71: What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
- the Louisiana Territory
#72: Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
- War of 1812
- Mexican-American War
- Civil War
- Spanish-American War
#73: Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
- the Civil War
- the War between the States
#74: Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
- economic reasons
- states’ rights
#75: What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
- freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
- saved (or preserved) the Union
- led the United States during the Civil War
#76: What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
- freed the slaves
- freed slaves in the Confederacy
- freed slaves in the Confederate states
- freed slaves in most Southern states
#77: What did Susan B. Anthony do?
- fought for women’s rights
- fought for civil rights
#78: Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
- World War
- World War II
- Korean War
- Vietnam War
- (Persian) Gulf War
#79: Who was President during World War I?
#80: Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
#81: Who did the United States fight in World War II?
- Japan, Germany, and Italy
#82: Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
#83: During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
#84: What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
#85: What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
- fought for civil rights
- worked for equality for all Americans
#86: What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
- Terrorists attacked the United States.
#87: Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
#88: Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
- Missouri (River)
- Mississippi (River)
#89: What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
#90: What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
#91: Name one U.S. territory.
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
#92: Name one state that borders Canada.
- New Hampshire
- New York
- North Dakota
#93: Name one state that borders Mexico.
- New Mexico
#94: What is the capital of the United States?
#95: Where is the Statue of Liberty?
- New York (Harbor)
- Liberty Island
#96: Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
- because there were 13 original colonies
- because the stripes represent the original colonies
#97: Why does the flag have 50 stars?
- because there is one star for each state
- because each star represents a state
- because there are 50 states
#98: What is the name of the national anthem?
#99: When do we celebrate Independence Day?
#100: Name two national U.S. holidays.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Presidents’ Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day