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?
-petition the government
What did the Decleration of Independence do?
-announced our independence (from Great Britain)
-declared our independence (from Great Britain)
-said that the United States is free (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
Name one branch or part of the government
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
-checks and balances
-separation of powers
Who makes federal laws?
-Senate and House (of Representatives)
-(U.S. or national) legislative
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
-(because of) the state's population
-(because) they have more people
-(because) some states have more people
What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
-Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
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
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 government?
-to print money
-to declare war
-to create an army
-to make treaties
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power 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 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.
-Any citizen can vote. (Women and men 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 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 Constitution and laws of the United States
-obey the laws of the United States
-serve in the U.S. military (if needed)
-serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)
-be loyal to the United States
What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
-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 Selective Service?
-at age eighteen (18)
-between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)
What is one reason colonists came to America?
-practice their religion
Why did the colonists fight the British?
-because of high taxes (taxation without representation)
-because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
-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.
What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
-oldest member of the Constitutional 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
What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
-freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
-saved (or preserved) 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
-(Persian) Gulf War
What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
-fought for civil rights
-worked for equality for all Americans
What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
Terrorists attacked the United States
Name one American Indian tribe in the United States
Name one U.S. territory
-U.S. Virgin Islands
-Northern Mariana Islands
Name one state that borders Canada
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