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What is the function of the articles, or the main body, of the Constitution?
to define responsibilities of citizenship
Why did the framers of the Constitution develop a structure of government with three branches?
keep leaders from gaining too much power
How does the system of checks and balances protect people's rights?
"checks" or limits the power of others
What are the seven basic principles of the Constitution?
popular sovereignty, separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, limited government, checks and balances, republicanism
What fraction of all state legislatures had to ratify the Bill of Rights before it became law?
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