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What are the qualifications for president and vice president?
natural born U.S. citizen, 35 years old, lives in the U.S. for 14 years
Who approves treaties created by the president? This is an example of what?
Senate; checks and balances
Which amendments are considered reconstruction amendments and why are they called that?
13th, 14th, and 15th - They were passed during Reconstruction - After the Civil War, when U.S. government readmitted the Confederate states to the Union and began the process to rebuild the country.
What is the most common way to amend the constitution?
2/3 of Congress proposes the amendment and 3/4 of state legislatures ratify (approve) it
During the Constitutional Convention, what was the decision to have two houses in Congress called?
The Great Compromise
What decision was made about slavery at the Constitutional Convention?
The 3/5 Compromise - 3/5 of slaves would be counted to determine representation
What are the qualifications for a representative?
25 years old, U.S. citizen for 7 years, lives in the state elected in
What are the four things Congress is allowed to do?
make laws, collect taxes, declare war, coin money
What are the three branches of government and what are their jobs (what do they do with laws)?
Executive branch - enforces the laws; Legislative branch - makes the laws; Judicial branch interprets the laws
How many states had to ratify the Constitution before it became the new government for America?
If there is no winner in a presidential election, who picks the president?
Congress - The House of Representatives
How long does a bill have to sit on the President's desk before it becomes law without his signature?
How does the Legislative Branch check the Executive Branch?
Can override a presidential veto with a 2/3 vote
Can impeach (remove for wrong-doing)
Who is the representative from the 18th congressional district? (that is your district)
Aaron Schock (R)
What was the plan from the Constitutional Convention that benefited the large states called?
The Virginia Plan
What is the line of succession? Which amendment describes this?
Vice President - Speaker of the House - Senate President pro tempore (for the time being) - Secretary of State; 25th Amendment
What are the qualifications to be a senator?
30 years old, U.S. citizen for 9 years, lives in the state elected in
What is the system known for balancing power between all three branches of government?
Checks and balances
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