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US Constitution and Branches of Government (Grade 9)

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US Constitution and Branches of Government

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
  1. the Bill of Rights
  2. The Preamble
  3. Freedom of Speech
  4. A petition
The Legislative Branch (or Congress) is made of up which two bodies?
  1. The President and Supreme Court justices
  2. The Senate and the President
  3. The House of Representatives and the President
  4. The Senate and the House of Representatives
               were created to protect the natural rights of Liberty and Property including Freedoms of speech,free press,free assembly and free association as well as the right to bear arms
  1. Charters
  2. Amendments
  3. Policies
Amendments may be proposed by 2/3 vote of each house of Congress, or by a national convention called by Congress. Two-thirds states must request the convention.
  1. True
  2. False
Which branch of government writes laws?
  1. Legislative Branch
  2. Judicial Branch
  3. Executive Branch
  4. Political Branch
A                 occurs when the a bill is dropped because the President does not act on it.
  1. amendment
  2. due process
  3. pocket veto
  4. impatient bill
Examples of responsibilities of citizens include:
  1. obey the law
  2. pay taxes
  3. respect rights of others
  4. help make the community a better place
  5. vote to elect the leaders
  6. all of the above
Which amendment protects the rights of the accused (no double jeopardy or self incrimination, right to grand jury etc.)?
  1. 3rd amendment
  2. 6th amendment
  3. 5th amendment
  4. none of the above
How many representatives are in the House of Representatives?
  1. 100
  2. 435
  3. 525
  4. 270
The Executive Branch is headed by the?
  1. President of the United States
  2. Congress
  3. Supreme Court
  4. Capitol Hil
Which amendment to the United States Constitution ended slavery?
  1. 13th Amendment
  2. 14th Amendment
  3. 15th Amendment
  4. the Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution primarily to
  1. guarantee economic equality.
  2. expand the powers of the Federal Government.
  3. protect citizens from State Governments.
  4. protect citizens from excessive power of the Federal Government.
The powers given to the national government and listed in the Constitution are
  1. Enumerated Powers
  2. Denied Powers
  3. Reserved Powers
  4. Implied Powers
Who appoints the Justices to the Supreme Court?
  1. The President
  2. The Vice-President
  3. The Secretary of State
What does the Constitution do?
  1. sets up the government
  2. defines the government
  3. protects basic rights of Americans
  4. all of the above
The three branches of the government are:




What are the official qualifications to be president of the United States?
  1. Age of 34 or younger
  2. born in a foreign country, but lived in the U.S. for 14 years
  3. graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree
  4. none of the above
What is the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights?
  1. Freedom of Religion
  2. The Right to bear Arms
  3. Freedom from Unreasonable Search & Serizure
  4. The Right to a Lawyer
One presidential term is            years long and no president can serve more than            terms.
                  to make (a treaty,law, agreement, etc.) official by signing it or voting for it.
Which factor restricts voting in the United States?
  1. wealth
  2. race
  3. age
  4. gender
Which of the following is a requirement to become president?
  1. Must be 21 years old or older
  2. A Natural Born Citizen of the United States
  3. Must live in Africa for 2 years
  4. Must be born in Arkansas
What is a body of electors chosen by the voters in each state to elect the president and vice president of the U.S.
  1. electoral college
  2. Federalist party
  3. xyz affair
To become part of the Constitution, amendments must be ratified by the legislatures of 3/4 of the states or by conventions in 3/4 of the states.
  1. True
  2. False
What is popular sovereignty?
  1. political power remains with the national government
  2. political power is denied to the people
  3. political power remains with the people
  4. both of a and b
In the Preamble, what phrase means "maintaining peace and order" in our country?
  1. Establish Justice
  2. Secure the Blessings
  3. Insure domestic tranquility
  4. We the people
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right or freedom of                
  1. speech
  2. religion
  3. assembly
  4. press
  5. all of the above
As the commander in chief, the President has
  1. complete control of the nation's armed forces.
  2. the ability to declare war.
  3. several national guards watching his every move.
The branch of government that interprets laws is the
  1. legislative
  2. judicial
  3. executive
  4. constitutional convention
Which is considered to be a civic responsibility of citizens of the United States?
  1. going to college
  2. owning property
  3. attending church
  4. voting in elections
Who is the leader of the Judicial Branch of government?
  1. President
  2. Supreme Court Justices
  3. Sheriff
  4. Congress
Checks and balances help to....
  1. elect better presidents.
  2. pass laws more quickly.
  3. pay members of Congress.
  4. control the use of power.
How many amendments have been made to the US Constitution?
  1. 10
  2. 14
  3. 27
  4. 30
List the 3 parts of the United States Constitution.

In the following blanks write R for Representatives, S for Senators, and P for President.

           Must be 30 years old, US Citizen for 9 years and live in the state they represent.

           Term = 6 years.

           Term = 2 years

           Term = 4 years

           Writes and introduces bills that tax the people.

           Is elected by the electoral college.

           Must be 25 years old, been in the US 7 years, be a resident in the state they represent.

           Can impeach a government official with a crime.

           Conducts impeachment trial.

           Must be 35 years old, A us citizen by BIRTH and a resident for 14 years.

           Are elected based on Population.

           The Vice President of the US serves as president of this group, but only votes to break a tie.

           Must carry out laws passed by congress.

           Each state has two of these.
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