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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 firs three words of the constitution. What are these words?
We the people
What is an amendment?
a change (to the constitution)
an 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?
announced our independence (from great britain)
declared our independence (from great britain)
said that the US is free (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 US?
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 law?
senate and house (of representatives)
(US or national ) Legislature
what are the two parts of the US congress?
the senate and house (of representatives)
how many US senators are there?
We elect a US senator for how many years?
Who is one of your state's US senators now?
the house of representatives has how many voting members?
we elect a US representative for how many years?
name your US representative
Who does a US senator represent?
all the people of the state
why do some states have more representatives?
the state's population
they have more people
some states have more people
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 US now?
what is the name of the Vice president of the US now?
Joseph R Biden, Jr
If the president can no longer serve, who becomes President?
the vice president
If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
the 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
what does the judicial branch do?
what is the highest court in the US?
the supreme court
how many justices are on the supreme court?
who is the chief justice of the US now?
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
who is the governor of your state now?
What is the capital of your state?
what are the two major political parties in the US?
democratic and republican
what is the political party of the president now?
what is the name of the speaker of the house of representatives now?
THere are four amendments to the constitution about who can vote, describe one of them?
citizens 18 and older can vote
what is one responsibility that is only for US citizens?
vote in a federal election
name one right only for US citizens
vote in a federal election
what are two rights of everyone living in the US?
freedom of expression
freedom of speech
what do we show loyalty to when we say the pledge of allegiance?
what is one promise you make when you become a US citizen?
give up loyalty to other countries
how old do citizens have to be to vote for president?
18 and older
what are two ways that americans can participate in their democracy?
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
what is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
when must all me register for the selective service?
what is one reason colonists came to america?
who lived in america before the europeans arrived?
what group of people was taken to america and sold as slaves?
why did the colonists fight the british?
because of high taxes
who wrote the declaration of independence?
when was the declaration of independence adopted?
July 4, 1776
There were 13 original states. Name 3.
what happened at the constitutional convention?
the constitution was written
what 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?
who is the "father of our country"
who is was the first president?
what territory did the US buy from France in 1803?
Name one war fought by the US in the 1800s.
name the US war between the north and the south
name on problem that led to the civil war
what was one important thing that abraham lincoln did?
freed the slaves
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 US in the 1900s.
who was president during WW1?
who was president during the great depression and WW2?
Who did the US fight in WW2?
Japan, Germany, and Italy
Before hes was president, Eisenhower was a general. What are was he in?
During the cold war what was the main concern of the US?
what movement drited to end racial descrimination?
what did martin luther king Jr do?
fought for civil rights
what major event happened on September 11, 2001 in the US?
Terrorists attacked the US
name on american indian tribe n the US.
name one of the two longest rivers in the US
what ocean is on the west coast of the US?
what ocean is on the east coast of the US
name one US territory.
name on state that borders canada.
name one state that borders Mexico.
what is the capital of the US?
Where is the statue of liberty?
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
13 original colonies
why does the flag have 50 stars?
what is the name of the national anthem?
the star-spangles banner
when do we celebrate independence day?
name two national US holidays.
New Year's day