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Terms in this set (100)
What is the supreme law of the land?
Sets up the government
Defines the government
Protects basic rights of Americans
What does the constitution do?
We the people
The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
A change (to the constitution)
An addition (to the constitution)
What is an amendment?
The bill of rights
What do we call the first 10 amendments to the constitution?
Petition the government
What is one right or freedom from the first amendment?
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
Announced our independence (from great britain)
Declared our independence (from great britain)
Said that the united states is free (from great britain)
What did the declaration of independence do?
Pursuit of happiness
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
What is freedom of religion?
What is the economic system in the United States?
Everyone must follow the law
Leaders must obey the law
Government must obey the law
No one is above the law
What is the "rule of law"?
Name one branch or part of the government.
Checks and balances
Separation of powers
What stops one branch of Government from becoming too powerful?
Who is in charge of the executive branch?
Senate and house (of representatives)
(U.S. Or national) legislature
Who makes federal laws?
The senate and house (of representatives)
What are the two parts of the US Congress?
One hundred (100)
How many US senators are there?
We elect a US senator for how many years?
Who is one of your states US senators now?
Four hundred thirty-five (435)
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
We elect a US representative for how many years?
Name your US representative.
All people of the state
Who does a US senator represent?
(Because of) the states population
(Because) they have more people
(Because) some states have more people
Why do some states have more representatives than other states?
We elect a president for how many years?
In what month do we vote for president?
What is the name of the president of the United States now?
Joseph R. Biden Jr.
What is the name of the vice president of the United States now?
The vice President
If the president can no longer serve who becomes president?
The speaker of the house
If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve who becomes president?
Who is the commander-in-chief of the military?
Who signs bills to become law's?
Who vetoes bills?
Advises the president
What does the presidents cabinet do?
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 are two cabinet level positions?
Resolves disoutes (disagreements)
Decides if a law goes against the constitution
What does the judicial branch do?
The Supreme Court
What is the highest court in the United States?
How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
John Roberts (John G. Roberts Jr.)
Who is the chief justice of the United States now?
To print money
To declare war
To create an army
To make treaties
Under our constitution some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
Provide schooling and education
Provide protection (police)
Provide safety (fire departments)
Give a drivers license
Approve zoning and land use
Under our constitution some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
Who is the governor of your state now?
What is the capital of your state?
Democratic and Republican
What are the two major political parties in the United States?
What is the political party of the president now?
Paul D. Ryan
What is the name of the speaker of the house of representatives now?
Citizens eighteen (18) and older (can vote)
You dont 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)
There are four amendments to the constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
Serve on a jury
Vote in a federal election
What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
Vote in a federal election
Run for federal office
Name one right only for United States citizens.
Freedom of expression
Freedom of speech
Freedom of assembly
Freedom to petition the government
Freedom of religion
The right to bear arms
What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
The United States
What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
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 US military (if needed)
Serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)
Be loyal to the United States
What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
Eighteen (18) and older
How old is citizens have to be to vote for president?
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
What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
At age eighteen (18)
Between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)
When must all men register for the selective service?
Practice their religion
What is one reason colonists came to America?
Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
People from Africa
What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
Because of high taxes (taxes without representation)
Because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
Because they didn't have self-government
Why did the colonist fight the British?
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
July 4, 1776
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
There were 13 original states. Name three.
The Constitution was written
The founding fathers wrote the constitution
What happened at the Constitutional convention?
When was the constitution written?
The Federalist papers supported the passage of the US Constitution. Name one of the writers.
Oldest member of the constitutional convention
First postmaster general of the United States
Writer of poor Richard's almanac
Started the first free libraries
What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
Who is the "father of our country"?
Who was the first president?
The Louisiana territory
What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
War of 1812
Mexican American war
Spanish American war
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
The Civil War
The war between the states
Name the US war between the north and the south.
Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
Freed the slaves (emancipation proclomation)
Saved (or preserved) the union
Lead of the United States during the Civil War
What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
Freed the slaves
Freed slaves in the confederacy
Freed slaves in the confederate states
Freed slaves in most southern states
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
Fought for women's rights
Fight for civil rights
What did Susan B Anthony do?
World war 1
World war 11
(Persian) gulf war
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
Who was president during World War I?
Who was president during the Great Depression and World War II?
Japan, Germany, and Italy
Who did the United States fight in World War II?
World War II
Before he was president Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
During the Cold War what was the main concern of the United States?
Civil rights (movement)
What movement try to and racial discrimination?
Fought for civil rights
Worked for equality for all Americans
What did Martin Luther King Junior do?
Terrorist attack the United States
What major event happen on September 11, 2001 in the United States?
Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
What ocean is on the west coast of the United States?
What ocean is on the East Coast of United States?
U.S. Virgin Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
Name one US territory.
Name one state that borders Canada.
Name one state that borders Mexico.
What is the capital of the United States?
New York (Harbor)
Where is the Statue of Liberty?
Because there were 13 original colonies
Because the stripes represent the original colonies
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
Because there is one star for each state
Because each star represents a state
Because there are 50 states
Why does the flag have 50 stars?
The Star-Spangled Banner
What is the name of the national anthem?
When do we celebrate Independence Day?
New years day
Martin luther king jr day
Name to national US holidays.
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