What is the supreme law of the land?
Protects the basic rights of Americans
What does the Constitution do?
We The People
What are the first three words of the Constitution?
a change/addition (to the constitution)
What is an amendment?
The Bill of Rights
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
What is one right or freedom from the first amendment?
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
Declared our Independence
What did the Declaration of Independence do?
Life, Liberty, and the 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?
What is the economic system in the U.S?
no one is above the law
What is rule of law?
congress, legislative, president, executive, the court, or judicial
Name one branch or part of government.
Seperation of Powers or Checks and Balances
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?
Chuck Grassley or Tom Harkin
Who is one of your states U.S senators?
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
We elect U.S Representatives for how many years?
Bruce Braley, David Loebsack, Leonard Boswell, Thomas Latham, or Steve King
Name your U.S Representatives.
All people of the state
Who does a U.S senator represent?
They have a bigger population
Why do some states have more representatives than other states?
We elect a president for how many years?
What month do we vote for president?
What is the President of the United States name now?
What is the name of the vice president now?
If the president can no longer serve who becomes president?
Speaker of the House
If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve then who becomes president?
Who is the commander in chief of the military?
Who signs bills to become the laws?
Who vetoes bills?
Advises the President
What does the president's cabinet do?
The Secretary of State and The Secretary of Defense
What are two cabinet level positions?
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?
Who is the chief justice of the United States?
to declare war, print money, make an army, make treaties
What is one power of the Federal Government?
provides schooling and educations, provides safety and protection, give a drivers license
What is one power of the states?
Who is the governor your state?
What is the capital of your state?
Democrats and Republicans
What are two major political parties?
What is the political party of the president now?
What is the name of the speaker of the House of Representatives now?
Citizens 18 and older can vote
There are four amendments about who can vote, describe one.
serve on a jury and vote
What is one responsibility that is only for U.S citizens?
Vote and run for office
What are two rights only for U.S citizens?
Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Worship
What are two rights for everyone living in the U.S?
The U.S and The Flag
What do we show loyalty to when we sing the pledge of allegiance?
give up loyalty to other countries, defend the Constitution, obey the laws, serve in the Military
What is one promise you make when you become a U.S Citizen?
How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
vote, join the political party, help with a campaign, join a civic group, join community group
What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
When is the last day you can send in the federal income tax form?
at age 18 until age 26
When must all men register for the Selective Service?
freedom, political liberty and religious freedom
What is one reason colonists came to America?
Who lived in America before the Europeans?
What group of people were taken to America and sold as slaves?
because of high taxes, because of the British army, because 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?
New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Georgia, New Jersey
Name three original states.
The Constitution was written
What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
When was the Constitution written?
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay
The Federal Papers supported the passage of the Constitution. Name one of the writers.
U.S. diplomat, writer of the Porr Richards Almanac
What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
Who is the Father of Our Country?
Who was the first president?
The Lousiana Territory
What territory did the U.S buy from France in 1803?
The Civil War
Name one war 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 is one important thing 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 1 or World War 2 or The Vietnam War
Name one war 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 2
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 Septemeber 11, 2001 in the United States?
Cherokee, Navajo, or Souix
Name one American Indian tribe in the United States?
Missouri or the Mississippi
Name one of 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?
Name one U.S. territory.
New York, Minnesota, or Montana
Name one state that borders Canada.
California, Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas
Name one state that borders Mexico.
What is the capital of the United States?
New York or Liberty Island
Where is the Statue of Liberty?
because there were 13 original colonies
Why does the Flag have 13 stripes?
because there is one star for each state
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?
Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day
Name two national U.S. holidays.