What is the supreme law of the land?
sets up the government, defines the government, protects basic rights of Americans
What does the Constitution do?
We the People
The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
a change or addition to the Constitution
What is an amendment?
the Bill of Rights
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
speech, religion, assembly, press, petition the government
What are five rights or freedoms from the First Amendment?
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
declared our independence from Great Britain
What did the Declaration of Independence do?
life, liberty, pursuit of happiness
What are three rights in the Declaration of Independence?
You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
What is freedom of religion
capitalist or market economy
What is the economic system in the United States
Everyone must follow the law. Leaders must obey the law. Government must obey the law. No one is above the law.
What is the "rule of law"
Congress (legislative), President (executive), the courts (judicial)
Name the three branches of the government.
checks and balances, separation of powers
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful
Who is in charge of the executive branch
Who makes federal laws
the Senate and House of Representatives
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress
How many U.S. Senators are there
We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years
The House of Representatives has how many voting members
We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years
all people of the state
Who does a U.S. Senator represent
they have more people
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states
We elect a President for how many years
In what month do we vote for President
Barack Hussein Obama
What is the name of the President of the United States now
Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now
the Vice President
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President
the Speaker of the House
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President
Who is the Commander in Chief of the military
Who signs bills to become laws
Who vetoes bills
advises the President
What does the President's Cabinet do
Secretary of State, Attorney General
What are two Cabinet-level positions*
reviews and explains laws, resolves disputes, decides if a law goes against the Constitution
What does the judicial branch do
the Supreme Court
What is the highest court in the United States
How many justices are on the Supreme Court
John G. Roberts, Jr.
Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now
print money, declare war, create an army, make treaties
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What are four powers of the federal government
provide protection, safety, schooling and education, issue driver's license, approve zoning and land use
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What are three powers of the states
Democratic and Republican
What are the two major political parties in the United States
What is the political party of the President now
What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now
A male citizen of any race can vote. Any citizen can vote. You don't have to pay to vote. Citizens 18 and older can vote.
There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe them.
serve on a jury, vote in a federal election
What are two responsibilities that is only for United States citizens
vote in a federal election, run for federal office
Name two rights only for United States citizens.
freedom of speech, the right to bear arms
What are two rights of everyone living in the United State*
the flag and the United States
What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance
obey the laws of the United States
What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen*
18 and older
How old do citizens have to be to vote for President
vote, run for office
What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy*
When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms
between 18 and 26
When must all men register for the Selective Service
What is one reason colonists came to America*
Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived
people from Africa
What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves
because of high taxes and they didn't have self-government
Why did the colonists fight the British*
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted
Delaware, Maryland, Georgia
There were 13 original states. Name three.*
The Constitution was written.
What happened at the Constitutional Convention
When was the Constitution written
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay
The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name the writers.
first Postmaster General of the United States
What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for*
Who is the "Father of Our Country"
Who was the first President
the Louisiana Territory
What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803
War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Civil War, Spanish-American War
Name the four wars fought by the United States in the 1800s.
the Civil War
Name the U.S. war between the North and the South
Name one problem that led to the Civil War
freed the slaves
What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did
freed the slaves
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do
fought for women's rights
What did Susan B. Anthony do
World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War
Name the five wars fought by the United States in the 1900s.
Who was President during World War I
Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II
Japan, Germany, and Italy
Who did the United States fight in World War II
World War II
Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in
During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States
civil rights movement
What movement tried to end racial discrimination
fought for civil rights
What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do
Terrorists attacked the United States.
What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States
Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.*
Missouri River, Mississippi River
Name the two longest rivers in the United States.
What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States
What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam
Name the five U.S. territories.
Name one state that borders Canada.*
Name one state that borders Mexico.*
What is the capital of the United States
New York Harbor
Where is the Statue of Liberty
because there were 13 original colonies
Why does the flag have 13 stripes
because there are 50 states
Why does the flag have 50 stars
The Star-Spangled Banner
What is the name of the national anthem
When do we celebrate Independence Day
Memorial Day, Labor Day
Name two national U.S. holidays.*
John Cornyn, Kay Bailey Hutchison
[TX] Who are your state's U.S. Senators now
[TX-Rowlett] Name your U.S. Representative
[TX] Who is the Governor of your state now
[TX] What is the capital of your state