Which were the last two states to ratify (after new government had already begun to function)?
Virginia, New York (NC, RI)
According to Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution, how were slaves to be counted when determining the number of congressional districts per state?
When the president of the U.S. is tried for impeachment, who presides at the trial?
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Art I)
According to the Constitution, a writ of habeas corpus may not be suspended except under what conditions?
rebellion or invasion (Art I)
The first article of the Constitution places limits on the states. Name one.
no treaties, no coining of money
Name two congressional limits on the President according to the Constitution
impeachment; amount of money to run government; 2/3 vote overrules veto, etc
For what office mentioned in the Constitution must a person be a natural born citizen?
President (Art II)
Name 3 powers of the President as stated in the Constitution
Military, treaties and appointments, filling vacancies (Art II)
Which branch(es) of the federal government is responsible for establishing lower federal courts?
Congress (Legislature) Art III
What is the only condition specified by the Constitution concerning the nature of state governments?
republican form of government (Art IV)
What does the Constitution require to convict a person of treason?
2 witnesses to same act or a confession in public court (Art II)
How does Art VI of Con. resolve possible conflicts between state laws and federal laws?
Federal Laws are the supreme law of the land (Art VI)
What does Art VI say about administering religious tests to candidates for public office?
there shall be no test (Art VI)
When is it possible for a constitutional convention such as the Convention of 1789 to occur?
2/3 of both houses, 2/3 of the state legislatures (Art V)
There are 5 basic rights mentioned in the 1st Amend. Name 3
Religion, speech, press, assembly, redress of grievances
Name 5 of the rights guaranteed to all citizens in the B of Rights
to keep/bear arms; no quartering of troops; freedom from search/seizure; double jeopardy; trial by jury, speedy trial; no cruel or unusual punishment
What does the 10th amendment say about the delegation of powers to the states?
powers not delegated to the US nor prohibited to the sates, are reserved to the states
According to the 20th amendment, if the president-elect dies, before the beginning of his term, who becomes president?
the vice president-elec
What was the purpose of the most recent amendment to the constitution?
Compensation of Legislature (amendment 27)
The argument that "anyone old enough to fight for his country, is old enough to vote" secure passage of what amendment?
Name the amendments that banned slavery, declared all persons born or naturalized in the U.S. to be citizens, established due process and equal protection under the law, and established suffrage for black Americans
13; 14; 5; 15
What is the exception to the 13th amendments abolition of involuntary servitude?
punishment for crime after conviction
The 25th amendment says a president unable to discharge the powers of his/her office must declare this in writing to two people. who are they?
President pro-term of the Senate; Speaker if the House of Reps