Civics Test

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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
    • * defines the government
    • * protects basic rights of Americans
  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)
    • * 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?
    • * speech
    • * religion
    • * assembly
    • * press
    • * 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 two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
    • * life
    • * liberty
    • * pursuit of happiness
  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
    • * market economy
  12. 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.
  13. Name one branch or part of the government.
    • * Congress
    • * legislative
    • * President
    • * executive
    • * the courts
    • * judical
  14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
    • * checks and balances
    • * separation of powers
  15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
    * the President
  16. Who makes federal laws?
    • * Congress
    • * Senate and House (of Representatives)
    • * (U.S. or national) legislature
  17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
    * the Senate and House (of Representatives)
  18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
    * one hundred (100)
  19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
    * six (6)
  20. Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators now?
    • * California: Barbara Boxer
    • * California: Dianne Feinstein
    • * Texas: John Cornyn
    • * Texas: Kay Bailey Hutchison
  21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
    * four hundred thirty-five (435)
  22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
    * two (2)
  23. Name your U.S. Representative.
    • * California: (53 Total) Mike Thompson
    • * Texas: (32 Total) Gene Greene
  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 state's population
    • * (because) they have more people
    • * (because) some states have more people
  26. We elect a President for how many years?
    * four (4)
  27. In what month do we vote for President?
    * November
  28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
    • * Barack Obama
    • * Obama
  29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
    • * Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    • * Joe Biden
    • * Biden
  30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
    * the Vice President
  31. If both the President and the Vic 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 President's Cabinet do?
    * advises the President
  36. 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
    • * Attorney General
    • * Vice President
  37. What does the judicial branch do?
    • * reviews laws
    • * explains laws
    • * resolves disputes (disagreements)
    • * decides if a law goes against the Constitution
  38. What is the highest court in the United States?
    * the Supreme Court
  39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
    * nine (9)
  40. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
    * John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. Who is the Governor of your state now?
    • * California: Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • * Texas: Rick Perry
  44. What is the capital of your state?
    • * California: Sacramento
    • * Texas: Austin
  45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
    * Democratic and Republican
  46. What is the political party of the President now?
    * Democratic (Party)
  47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
    * (Nancy) Pelosi
  48. 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).
  49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
    • * serve on a jury
    • * vote in a federal election
  50. Name one right only for United States citizen.
    • * vote in a federal election
    • * run for federal office
  51. 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
  52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
    • * the United States
    • * the flag
  53. What is one promise you make when you become a United Statess 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
  54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
    * eighteen (18) and older
  55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
    • * vote
    • * 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
    • * run for office
    • * write to a newspaper
  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 eighteen (18)
    • * between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)
  58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
    • * freedom
    • * political liberty
    • * religious freedom
    • * economic opportunity
    • * practice their religion
    • * escape persecution
  59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
    • * American Indians
    • * Native Americans
  60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
    • * Africans
    • * people from Africa
  61. 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
  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.
    • * New Hampshire
    • * Massachusetts
    • * Rhode Island
    • * Connecticut
    • * New York
    • * New Jersey
    • * Pennsylvania
    • * Delaware
    • * Maryland
    • * Virginia
    • * North Carolina
    • * South Carolina
    • * Georgia
  65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
    • * The Constitution was written.
    • * The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
  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
    • * (Alexander) Hamilton
    • * (John) Jay
    • * Publius
  68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
    • * U.S. diplomat
    • * oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
    • * first Postmaster General of the United States
    • * writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac"
    • * started the first free libraries
  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?
    • * the Louisiana Territory
    • * Louisiana
  72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
    • * War of 1812
    • * Mexican-American War
    • * Civil War
    • * Spanish-American War
  73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
    • * the Civil War
    • * the War between the States
  74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
    • * slavery
    • * economic reasons
    • * states' rights
  75. 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
  76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
    • * freed the slaves
    • * freed slaves in the Confederacy
    • * freed slaves in the Confederate states
    • * freed slaves in most Southern states
  77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
    • * fought for women's rights
    • * fought for civil rights
  78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
    • * World War I
    • * World War II
    • * Korean War
    • * Vietnam War
    • * (Persian) Gulf War
  79. Who was President during World War I?
    * (Woodrow) Wilson
  80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
    * (Franklin) Roosevelt
  81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
    * Japan, Germany, and Italy
  82. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
    * World War II
  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
    • * worked for equality for all Americans
  86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
    * Terrorists attacked the United States
  87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
    • * Cherokee
    • * Navajo
    • * Sioux
    • * Chippewa
    • * Choctaw
    • * Pueblo
    • * Apache
    • * Iroquois
    • * Creek
    • * Blackfeet
    • * Seminole
    • * Cheyenne
    • * Arawak
    • * Shawnee
    • * Mohegan
    • * Huron
    • * Oneida
    • * Lakota
    • * Crow
    • * Teton
    • * Hopi
    • * Inuit
  88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
    • * Missouri (River)
    • * Mississippi (River)
  89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
    * Pacific (Ocean)
  90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
    * Atlantic (Ocean)
  91. Name one U.S. territory.
    • * Puerto Rico
    • * U.S. Virgin Islands
    • * American Samoa
    • * Northern Mariana Islands
    • * Guam
  92. Name one state that borders Canada.
    • * Maine
    • * New Hampshire
    • * Vermont
    • * New York
    • * Pennsylvania
    • * Ohio
    • * Michigan
    • * Minnesota
    • * North Dakota
    • * Montana
    • * Idaho
    • * Washington
    • * Alaska
  93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
    • * Caliornia
    • * Arizona
    • * New Mexico
    • * Texas
  94. What is the capital of the United States?
    * Washington, D.C.
  95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
    • * New York (Harbor)
    • * Liberty Island
    • [Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson (River).]
  96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
    • * because there were 13 original colonies
    • * because the stripes represent the original colonies
  97. 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
  98. What is the name of the national anthem?
    * The Star-Spangled Banner
  99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
    * July 4
  100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
    • * New Year's Day
    • * Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • * Presidents' Day
    • * Memorial Day
    • * Independence Day
    • * Labor Day
    • * Columbus Day
    • * Veterans Day
    • * Thanksgiving
    • * Christmas

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