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1

What is the supreme law of the land?

the Constitution

2

What does the Constitution do?

sets up the government

3

The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words ?

We the people

4

What is an amendment?

a change (to the Constitution)

5

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution ?

the Bill of Rights

6

What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

speech

7

How many amendments does the Constitution have ?

27

8

What does the Declaration of Independence do?

announced our independence from Great Britain

9

What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

life
liberty

10

What is freedom of religion ?

You can practice any religion or not practice a religion

11

What is the economic system in the United States?

capitalist economy

12

What is the "rule of law"?

Everyone must follow the law

13

Name one branch or part of the government

Congress

14

What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

checks and balances

15

Who is in charge of the executive branch?

The president

16

Who makes federal laws?

Congress

17

What are the two parts of the U.S Congress ?

the senate and the House of Representatives

18

How many U.S Senators are there?

100

19

We elect a U.S Senator for how many years?

6

20

Who is one of your states U.S Senators now?

Pat Roberts

21

The House of Representatives has how many voting members ?

435

22

We elect a U.S Representative for how many years?

2

23

Name your U.S Representative

Roger Marshall

24

Who does a U.S Senator represent ?

all people of the state

25

Why do some states have more representatives than other states?

because of the states population

26

We elect a president for how many years ?

4

27

In what month do we vote for president ?

November

28

What is the name of the president of the United States now?

Donald J. Trump

29

What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?

Mike Pence

30

If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president ?

The Vice President

31

If both the president and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes president ?

The speaker of the house

32

Who is the commander in chief of the military ?

The president

33

Who signs bills to become laws ?

The president

34

Who vetoes bills ?

The president

35

What does the presidents cabinet do?

Advices the president

36

What are two cabinet levels positions?

Secretary of education
Secretary of energy

37

What does the judicial branch do ?

Reviews laws

38

What is the highest court in the United States ?

The Supreme Court

39

How many justices are on the Supreme Court ?

9

40

Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now ?

John Roberts

41

Under our constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government ?

To print money

42

Under our constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?

Provide schooling and education

43

Who is the governor of your state now?

Sam Brownback

44

What is the capital of your state ?

Topeka

45

What are two major political parties in the United States ?

Democratic and Republican

46

What is the political party of the president now ?

Republican Party

47

What is the name of the speaker of the House of Representatives now?

Paul Ryan

48

There are four amendments to the constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

Citizens 18 or older can vote

49

What is one responsibility that is only for the United States citizens ?

Serve on a jury

50

Name one right for only United States citizens.

Vote in a federal election

51

What are two rights of everyone living in the United States ?

freedom of speech
freedom of religion

52

What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

The flag

53

What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

give up loyalty to other countries

54

How old do citizens have to be to vote for president ?

18

55

What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

vote
join a political party

56

When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms ?

April 15

57

When must all men register for the selective service ?

at age 18

58

What is one reason colonist came to America ?

Freedom

59

Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived ?

American Indians

60

What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves ?

Africans

61

Why did the colonist fight the British ?

Because they didn't have self government

62

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence ?

Thomas Jefferson

63

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted ?

July 4, 1776

64

There were 13 original States. Name three.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia

65

What happened at the constitutional convention ?

The constitution was written

66

When was the constitution written ?

1787

67

The federalist papers supported the passage of the U.S Constitution. Name one of the writers.

James Madison

68

What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for ?

Oldest member of the constitutional convention

69

Who is "the father of our country"?

George Washington

70

Who was the first president ?

George Washington

71

What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

Louisiana

72

Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800's.

Mexican-American war

73

Name one of the United States war between the north and south.

The civil war

74

Name one problem that led to the civil war.

Slavery

75

What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?

Freed the slaves (emancipation proclamation)

76

What did the emancipation proclamation do?

Freed the slaves

77

What did Susan B. Anthony do?

Fought for women's rights

78

Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900's.

World war 1

79

Who was president during world war 1?

Woodrow Wilson

80

Who was president during the Great Depression and world war ll?

Franklin Roosevelt

81

Who did the United States fight in world war ll?

Japan, Germany, and Italy

82

Before he was president, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in ?

World War ll

83

During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States ?

Communism

84

What movement tried to end racial discrimination ?

Civil rights movement

85

What did Martin Luther king jr do?

Fought for civil rights

86

What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States ?

Terrorists attacked the United States

87

Name one Indian tribe in the United States.

Cherokee

88

Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.

Mississippi River

89

What ocean is on the west coast of the United States ?

Pacific Ocean

90

What ocean is in the east coast of the United States ?

Atlantic Ocean

91

Name one United States territory.

Puerto Rico

92

Name one state that borders Canada.

Maine

93

Name one state that borders Mexico.

Texas

94

What is the capital of the United States ?

Washington D.C.

95

Where is the Statue of Liberty ?

New York

96

Why does the flag have 13 stripes ?

13 original colonial states

97

Why does the flag have 50 stars ?

50 states

98

What is the name of the national anthem ?

Star Spangled Banner

99

When do we celebrate Independence Day ?

July 4

100

Name 2 national U.S holidays.

New Years
Christmas