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What is the supreme law of the land?
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 an amendment?
A change or addition to the Constitution
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
the Bill of Rights
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
petition the government
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
What did the Declaration of Independence do?
Declared our independence from Great Britain
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
pursuit of happiness
What is freedom of religion?
You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
What is the economic system in the United States?
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 is in charge of the executive branch?
Who makes federal laws?
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
Senate and House of Representatives
How many U.S. Senators are there?
one hundred (100)
We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators now?
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
four hundred thirty-five (435)
We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
Name your U.S. Representative
Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
all people of the state
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
because of the state's population
We elect a President for how many years?
In what month do we vote for President?
Who is the current president of the United States?
Who is the current Vice President of the United States?
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
Speaker of the House
Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
Who signs bills to become laws?
Who vetoes bills?
What does the President's Cabinet do?
advises the President
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?
decides if a law goes against the Constitution
What is the highest court in the United States?
How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
Who is currently the Chief Justice of the United States?
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
Who is the governor of tennessee?
What is the capital of tennessee?
What are the two major political parties in the United States?
Democratic and Republican
What is the political party of the president of the United States?
Who is currently the Speaker of the House?
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
Name one right only for United States citizens.
vote in a federal election
run for federal office
What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
freedom of expression
freedom of speech
freedom of assembly
freedom to petition the government
freedom of worship
the right to bear arms
What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
the United States
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
How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
eighteen (18) and older
What are two ways Americans can participate in their democracy?
join a political party
help with campaign
join a civic group
join a community group
Give an elected official their opinion on an issue
Call senators and representatives
Publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
run for office
Write to a newspaper
When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
When must all men register for the Selective Service?
at age eighteen (18)
What is one reason colonists came to America?
practice their religion
Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
What group of people were taken to America and sold as slaves?
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
Who write the Declaration of Independence?
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
July 4, 1776
There were 13 original states. Name three.
What happened at the constitutional convention?
The Constitution was written
When was the Constitution written?
The federalist papers supported the passage of the us 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
Being an inventor, writer, Scientist
Who is the "Father of Our Country"?
Who was the first President?
What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
War of 1812
Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
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
What did Susan B. Anthony do?
fought for women's rights
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
World War I
World War II
(Persian) Gulf War
Who was President during World War I?
Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
Who did the United States fight in World War II?
Japan, Germany, and Italy
Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he the commanding general?
World War II
During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
civil rights movement
What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
fought for civil rights
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 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 the United States?
Name one U.S. territory.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
Name one state that borders Canada.
Name one state that borders Mexico.
What is the capital of the United States?
Where is the Statue of Liberty?
New York City
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
because there were 13 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
What is the name of the national anthem?
The Star-Spangled Banner
When do we celebrate Independence Day?
Name two national U.S. holidays.
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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