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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 did the Declaration of Independence do?
Announced our independence from Great Britain
Declared our independence from Great Britain
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
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
Checks and balances
Separation of powers
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
because of the state's population
because they have more people
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
The Speaker of the House
What does the judicial branch do?
Resolves disputes (disagreements)
Decides if a law goes against the Constitution
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal
To print money
To declare war
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
Provide schooling and education
There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
Citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote
You don't have to pay a poll tax to vote
What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
Freedom of expression
Freedom of speech
What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
Give up loyalty to other countries
Defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
Join a political party
Help with a campaign
When must all men register for the Selective Service?
At age eighteen (18)
between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)
Why did the colonists fight the British?
because of high taxes
because the British army stayed in their houses
because they didn't have self-government
There were 13 original states. Name three.
What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
The Constitution was written.
The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
War of 1812
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
What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
Terrorists attacked the United States.
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
because each star represents a state
because there are 50 states
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