What does the Constitution do?
sets up the government; defines the government; protects basic rights of Americans
The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
We the People
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
speech; religion; assembly; press; petition the government
What did the Declaration of Independence do?
announced our independence (from Great Britain); declared our independence; sad that the United States is free.
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
Name one branch or part of the government.
Congress; legislative; President; executive; the courts; judicial
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
checks and balances; separation of powers
Who makes federal laws?
Congress; Senate and House (of Representatives); (U.S. or national) legislature
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
the state's population; they have more people; some states have more people
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
the Speaker of the House
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
What does the judicial branch do?
reviews laws; explains laws; resolves disputes; decides if a law goes against the Consititution
Under our Consititution, 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
Under our Consititution, some powers belong to the states. What is one pwer of the states?
provide schooling and education; provide protection (police); provide safety (fire departments); give a driver's license; approve zoning and land use
There are four amendments to the Consititution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
Citizens eighteen and older can vote; you don't havce to pay to vote; any citizen can vote; a male citizen of any race can vote.
What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
serve on a jury; vote in a federal election
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
What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
give up loyalty to other countries; defend the Consititutino and laws of the United States; obey the laws of the United States; serve in the U.S. military (if needed); serve the nation; be loyal to the United States
What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
vote; 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
When must all men register for the Selective Service?
at age eighteen; between eighteen and twenty-six
What is one reason colonists came to America?
freedom; political liberty; religious freedom; economic opportunity; practice their religion; escape persecution
Why did the colonists fight the British?
because of high taxes; because the British army statyed in their houses; because they didn't have self-government
There were 13 original states. Name three.
New Hampshire; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Delaware; Maryland; Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina; Georgia
What happened at the Consititutional Convention?
The Consititution was written; the Founding Fathers wrote the Consititution.
The Federalist Papers supported the passasge of the U.S. Consititution. Name one of the writers.
James Madison; Alexander Hamilton; John Jay; Publius
What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
U.S. diplomat; oldest member of the Consititutional Convention; first Postmaster General of the United States; writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac"; started the first free libraries
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
War of 1812; Mexican-American War; Civil War; Spanish-American War
What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
Free the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation); saved the Union; led the United States during the Civil War
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
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
World War I; World War II; Korean War; Vietnam War; (Persian) Gulf War
What major event happened on September 11, 2011, in the United States?
Terrorists attacked the United States
Name on American Indian tribe in the United States.
Cherokee; Navjo; Sioux; Chippewa; Choctaw; Pueblo; Apache; Iroquois; Creek; Blackfeet; Seminole; Cheyenne; Arawak; Shawnee; Mohegan; Huron, Oneida; Lakota; Crow; Teton; Hopi; Inuit
Name one U.S. territory.
Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands; American Samoa; Northern Mariana Islands; Guam
Name one state that borders Canada.
Maine; New Hampshire; Vermont; New York; Pennsylvania; Ohio; Michigan; Minnesota; North Dakota; Montana; Idaho; Washington; Alaska
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
because there were 13 original colonies; because the stripes represent the original colonies
Why does the flag have 50 stars?
because there is one star for each state; there are 50 states; each star represents a state