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How many states are in the United States of America?
What country did we fight during the revolutionary war?
What are the 3 branches of our government?
Executive, Legislative, Judicial
Who is the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
Who makes the laws in the United States?
Who was the first president of the United States?
Who is the president of the United States? Who is the vice-president of the United States today?
Trump and Mike Pence
Who elects the president of the United States? For how long do we elect the president?
The Electoral College and 4 years
What is the constitution?
Foundation of the U.S. government
Can you name the two senators from your state? How long do we elect each senator?
Bob Casey, Pat Toomey, 6 years
What is the capitol of your state?Who is the current governor of your state?
Harrisburg and Tom Corbet
Who becomes president of the United States if the president and the vice-president should die?
Speaker of the House
What was the first form of National Government? (before constitution)
Articles of Confederation
Where did the constitutional convention meet?
How many articles are in the Constitution?
What is Article 1 about?
What is Article 2 about?
How many amendments are in the Constitution?
Who is the speaker of the House of Representatives?
What is the main function of Congress?
To make laws as the Legislative branch os the US government
What does it mean to say that Congress is bicameral?
It's made of up two houses- the House of Representatives which is based on population and the Senate which is based on equality
How long is a term in Congress?
What is reapportionment?
Redistribution of the House's seats
How often does it occur?
Every 10 years
How many members are in the House of Representatives?
How many seats in the House of Representatives are awarded to the Senate?
By the states population
What is the minimum number of members a Senate can have?
Each state is guaranteed at least one seat in the House
How many Electoral College members does each state get?
Each state has as many electors as it has members of Congress
What article of the Constitution is the Judicial Branch outlined in?
Who appoints Federal judges? Who is responsible for approving these appointments?
The President appoints the judges while the Senate approves them
How long does a Constitutional judge serve?
Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
John G. Roberts
What is Judicial Review?
The power of the courts to determine the constitutionality of the actions of the Legislative and Executives branches
What is majority opinion?
The written statement by a majority of judges of a court in support of a decision made by that court
How many African Americans have ever served on the Supreme Court?
How many women have ever served on the Supreme Court?
What are the two main due process clauses in the Constitution?
The 14th and 5th amendment
Explain the difference between a Civil Liberty and a Civil Right.
Civil Liberties guarantee the safety of a persons, opinions and property from the arbitrary acts of the government, while civil rights refers to the positive acts of government that seek to make constitutional grantees reality for all
When are congressional elections held?
It's traditionally on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year
How are the seats in the Senate awarded to the States?
Awarded through equality
What is the minimum number a state can have?
Each state has exactly 2 senators equaling out to 100
Chief of State
The ceremonial head of government in the United States
Term for the President vested with the executive powers of the United States
Term for president as the main architect of foreign policy and the spokesman to other countries
Commander in Chief
Term for president as commander of the nation's armed forces
Term for president as the head of the administration of the Federal government
How long is a presidential term? How many years may a president serve?What is the maximum number of years a president may serve?
President may serve a maximum of two full years which are 4 years each term. A president may not serve more than 10 years
What is the annual salary and expense account of the president?
Annual salary is 400,000 and the president gets a 50,000 year expense account
What is the amendment established by the presidential succession?
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