1. What is the supreme law of the land?

The Constitution


2. What does the Constitution do?

Sets up the government

Defines the government

Protects basic rights of Americans


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

We the People


4. What is an amendment?

A change (to the Constitution)

An addition (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?





Petition the government


7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

Twenty-seven (27)


8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?

Announced our independence (from Great Britain)

Declared our independence (from Great Britain)

Said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)


9. What are the two rights in the Declaration of Independence?



Pursuit of happiness


10. What is freedom of religion?

You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.


11. What are the colors of our flag?

Red, White, and Blue. 


12. What do the stripes on the flag mean?

They represent the original 13 states.


13. What are the three branches of our government?

Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary  


14. What is the executive branch of our government?

The President, vice president, cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members 


15. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?

That all men are created equal 


16. Name one purpose of the United Nations?

For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems, to provide economic aid to many countries. 


17. Name the right guaranteed by the first amendment.

Freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and requesting change of the government. 


18. What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today?

Democratic and Republican 


19. What are the three most important powers of the United States Congress?

(1) to make the laws

(2) to declare war and

(3) to admit new states to the Union 


20. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States?

Obtain federal government jobs;

travel with a U.S. passport;

to petition for close relatives to come to the U.S. to live;

and the right to vote in U.S. elections 


21. What is the United States Capitol?

The United States Capitol is the place where Congress meets. 


22. How do we determine the number of representatives that each state elects to go to the House of Representatives?

The number is determined by the population of each state. 


23. Does the Vice-President have any duties in the Legislative Branch?

Yes. He presides over the United States Senate. The Vice President has a vote in the Senate if there is a tie. 


24. What was the Boston Tea Party?

The colonists were upset over the tax on tea and dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor and soon the Revolutionary War started. 


25. What were the Articles of Confederation?

The Articles of Confederation was the first attempt to form a simple government for the colonies.