Basic Civics Knowledge

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Basic knowledge.

What are the colors of our flag?

Red, white, and blue

What do the stars on the flag mean?

One for each state

How many stars are there on our flag?

There are 50 stars on our flag.

What color are the stars on our flag?

The stars on our flag are white.

How many stripes are there on our flag?

There are 13 stripes on our flag.

What do the stripes on the flag represent?

The first 13 states

What colors are the stripes on the flag?

The stripes on the flag are red and white.

How many states are there in the Union (the United States)?

50 states

What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?

Independence Day

Independence Day celebrates independence from whom?

Independence from Great Britain

What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?

We fought Great Britain in the Revolutionary War.

Who was the first president of the United States?

George Washington

Who is the President of the United States today?

George W. Bush

Who is the Vice President of the United States today?

Dick Cheney

Who elects the President of the United States?

The Electoral College

Who becomes President if the President dies?

The Vice President

What is the Constitution?

The supreme law of the land

What do we call changes to the Constitution?

Amendments

How many changes, or amendments, are there to the Constitution?

Twenty-seven amendments

What are the three branches of our government?

Executive, Judicial, and Legislative

What is the legislative branch of our Government?

Congress

What makes up Congress?

The Senate and the House of Representatives

Who makes the Federal laws in the United States?

Congress

Who elects Congress?

The citizens of the United States

How many Senators are there in Congress?

There are 100 Senators in Congress, 2 from each state.

For how long do we elect each Senator?

6 years

Name two Senators from your state

The answer to this question depends on where you live. Here is a list of senators for all states: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&Sort=ASC

How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?

There are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives.

For how long do we elect each member of the House of Representatives?

For 2 years

Who is the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government?

The President

For how long is the President elected?

The President is elected for 4 years.

What is the highest part of the Judiciary Branch of our Government?

The Supreme Court

What are the duties of the Supreme Court?

To interpret and explain the laws

What is the supreme law of the United States?

The Constitution

What is the Bill of Rights?

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution

What is the capital of the state you live in?

"The answer to this question depends on the state where you reside. To learn the capital of your state, go to http://www.firstgov.gov and select the state government link."

Who is the current Governor of the state you live in?

"The answer to this question depends on where you live. To learn the name of the Governor of your state, go to http://www.firstgov.gov and select the state government link."

Who becomes President if both the President and Vice President die?

The Speaker of the House

Who is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

John G. Roberts, Jr.

What were the original 13 states?

Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Georgia

"Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"?"

Patrick Henry

Name some countries that were our enemies during World War II

Germany, Italy, and Japan

What was the 49th state added to our Union (the United States)?

Alaska

How many full terms can a President serve?

Two full terms

Who was Martin Luther King, Jr?

A civil rights leader

What are some of the requirements to be eligible to become President?

A candidate for President must • be a native-born, not naturalized, citizen, • be at least 35 years old, • and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.

Why are there 100 Senators in the United States Senate?

Each state elects 2 Senators.

Who nominates judges for the Supreme Court?

The President nominates judges for the Supreme Court.

How many Supreme Court Justices are there?

There are 9 Supreme Court Justices.

Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

To gain religious freedom

What is the executive of a state government called?

The Governor

What is the head executive of a city government called?

The Mayor

What holiday was celebrated for the first time by American colonists?

Thanksgiving

Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?

Thomas Jefferson

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

July 4, 1776

What are some of the basic beliefs of the Declaration of Independence?

That all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

What is the national anthem of the United States?

The Star-Spangled Banner

Who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner?

Francis Scott Key

What is the minimum voting age in the United States?

18 is the minimum voting age.

Who signs bills into law?

The President

What is the highest court in the United States?

The Supreme Court

Who was President during the Civil War?

Abraham Lincoln

What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves.

What special group advises the President?

The Cabinet advises the President.

Which President is called the "Father of our Country"?

George Washington

Which President was the first Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?

George Washington

What was the 50th state to be added to our Union (the United States)?

Hawaii

Who helped the Pilgrims in America?

The American Indians/Native Americans

What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?

The Mayflower

What were the 13 original states of the United States called before they were states?

Colonies

What group has the power to declare war?

Congress has the power to declare war.

Name the amendments that guarantee or address voting rights

The 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th amendments

In what year was the Constitution written?

The Constitution was written in 1787.

What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?

The Bill of Rights

Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

All people living in the United States

What is the introduction to the Constitution called?

The Preamble

Who meets in the U.S. Capitol building?

Congress

What is the name of the President's official home?

The White House

Where is the White House located?

Washington, DC

Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment

The rights of freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, of assembly, and to petition the Government

Who is Commander-in-Chief of the United States military?

The President

In what month do we vote for the President?

November

In what month is the new President inaugurated?

January

How many times may a Senator or Congressman be re-elected?

There is no limit.

What are the two major political parties in the United States today?

The Democratic and Republican parties

What is the executive branch of our government?

The President, the Cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members

Where does freedom of speech come from?

The Bill of Rights

What U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship?

Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)

What kind of government does the United States have?

A Republic

Name one of the purposes of the United Nations

For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems or to provide economic aid to many countries

Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States

To obtain Federal government jobs, to travel with a U.S. passport, or to petition for close relatives to come to the United States to live

Can the Constitution be changed?

Yes, the Constitution can be changed.

What is the most important right granted to United States citizens?

The right to vote

What is the White House?

The President's official home

What is the United States Capitol?

The place where Congress meets

How many branches are there in the United States government?

There are 3 branches

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