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Who is the U.S. Representative for our area? In what Congressional district is Potomac?

John Shimkus, 15th Congressional district

Who are the two senators from Illinois?

Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk

Who is the Secretary of State?

John Kerry

Who is the current Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court?

John Roberts

Who is the President of the United States?

Barack Obama

Who is the Vice President of the United States?

Joseph Biden

This plan, submitted by James Madison, proposed two house of Congress based upon population.

the Virginia Plan

How many woment have been President of the United States?

Zero (currently)

Who is the president's offical in charge of the natural resources of the nation?

Secretary of the Interior

How many terms may the president serve?


What do the stars on the U.S. flag represent?

50 states

What do the stripes on the U.S. flag represent?

13 original colonies

How many amendments have been made to the United States Constitution?


How long is the president's term?

Four years

How many branches of government are there?


What is the minimum age for the president?

35 years old

When does president-elect assume the duties of the office of President?

January 20th

After a bill has passed the two houses of Congress, it is sent to the


Which amendment deals with the voting rights of 18 year olds?

26th Amendment

Which amendment limits the president's term?

22nd Amendment

How many senators are from each state?


What is the least number of representatives a state may have?


Who has veto power?


What are the first amendment rights?

Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition

What are the unalienable rights of the Declaration of Independence?

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

The Declaration of Independence was written by

Thomas Jefferson

The national budget is presented by the


What vote really elects the President of the United States?

Electoral College

The part of the Constitution (in Article 1, Section 8) that gives Congress broad pwoers to write laws about situations that are new and unexpected (such as the Internet, space research, air travel) is called the

elastic clause

Which body has the power to raise, borrow, and coin money?


The Constitution syas that a prisoner cannot be detained without a trial, and that right is covered by

Habeas Corpus

If the President should leave office during the term, who would become President?

Vice President

Which branch?--Has two houses


Which branch?--Is the court system of the country


Which branch?--Interprets the laws and administers justice


Which branch?--Enforces the laws


Which branch?--Makes the country's laws


Senate/House--Must live in the state he or she represents

Both Senate and House of Representatives

Senate/House--Has a six-year term


Senate/House--Meets in Capitol Building

Both Senate and House

Senate/House--Elected every two years

House of Representatives

Senate/House--Has the Vice President as presiding officer


Senate/House--Has 435 members

House of Representatives

Senate/House--Approves or rejects treaties


Senate/House--Passes bills they hope will become laws

Both the Senate and House

Senate/House--Has 100 members


Senate/House--Members are appointed by the Supreme Court.

Neither the Senate nor the House

Cabinet position responsible for being...the Chief legal officer

Attorney General

Cabinet position responsible for...Social Security

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Cabinet position responsible for...Carrying out a war

Secretary of Defense

Cabinet position responsible for...Settling a strike

Secretary of Labor

Cabinet position responsible for...Foreign Affairs

Secretary of State

Cabinet position responsible for...Secret Service

Secretary of Homeland Security

Cabinet position responsible for...Farm programs

Secretary of Agriculture

Richard Nixon was the only president ever to resign.


The Declaration of Independence was written before the Constitution.


The executive branch has no checks over the judicial branch.

False (The executive branch appoints federal judges.)

The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1787.

False (1776)

There are 15 justices on the Supreme Court.

False (There are 9.)

The United States flag should be in the rear of a parade or procession.


The United States Supreme Court Justices are appointed by Congress.

False (They are approved by the Senate, but they are appointed by the President.)

The president picks his or her successor after their term is over.


There are 10 Cabinet positions.

False (There are 15.)

Federalism is hte sharing of power by the federal government and the sate governments.


The president can call both houses of Congress into special session.


Bot the federal and state governments can establish a court system.


States can make treaties with foreign countries.


Each state must treat the citizes of other states the same way it treats its own citizens.


Congress cannot tax goods being exported from a state, even if the goods are going to a foreign country.


Only federal officers can have titles of nobility.


An ex post facto law is a law that makes an act illegal after the act has been committed.


The coining and printing of money are the responsibility of the Treasury Department.


If a president does not act on a bill within 10 days, it will become law if Congress is in session.

True (If Congess ADJOURNS session before the 10 day period, it is vetoed and is knows as a "pocket veto.")

A three-fourths vote is necessary for Congress to pass a law over the president's veto.

False (2/3 vote)

United States representatives receive larger salaries than United States senators.

False (Same salary)

Under certain conditions, the House of Representatives sselectes the President of the United States.


The House of Representatives does not get involved in impeachment cases.


There are an even number of justices in the Unted States Supreme Court.

False (There are 9.)

A United States senator may be reelected only once.

False (unlimited number of terms)

The Boston Tea Party was held by the British to greet new immigrants to the colonies.


The first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights.


The original Constitution outlawed slavery.


Ptrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson looked after the interests of the common man at the Constitutional Convention.

False (Patrick Henry "smelt a rat" and refused to attend. Jefferson was in Europe.)

Benjamin Franklin was the President of the Constitutional Convention.

False (George Washington)

The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia in 1776.

False (1787)

George Washington was the first President of the United States.


Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death."


The capital of the United States is Washington, D.C.


The original 13 colonies included Ohio.


The Constitution allows for laws to be made for subjects that did not even exist in 1787.

True (the elastic clause)

One-third of the Senate is elected every two years.


United States senators are elected by the people of the entire state.


To become president, you must be a natural born citizen.


Congress has the power to raise, borrow, and manage government spending.


The 28th amendment will be implemented in January of 2016.

False (There are only 27 amendments.)

To provide for prayer in public schools, the Constitution must be amended.


The budget is the federal government's plan for raising and spending money for a year.


Marbury vs. Madison established the process for judicial review.


The last amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1992.


The next presidential election will be 2018.

False (It will be 2016.)

The Bill of Rights does not give a person the right to criticize a government official.


Both the president and Congress may veto a bill.


Congress gets a new number each time a president is elected.


The Articles of Confederation could be considered our first Constitution.


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