The Constitution

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Questions on this quiz are based on information from
The Constitution.

1. Which of the following statements best describes the United States Constitution?
a. A document declaring the independence of the United States from Britain.
b. The basis for the federal government and the highest form of law in the United States.
c. A series of treaties with other countries such as France, Britain, Russia, Germany, and China.
d. A statement that people recite while saluting the Flag.

2. What state was the first to ratify the Constitution?
a. Virginia
b. Maryland
c. Massachusetts
d. Delaware
e. Pennsylvania

3. Who is often called the Father of the Constitution?
a. James Madison
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. James Monroe
d. George Washington
e. John Adams

4. Which of the following lines is part of the Preamble to the Constitution?
a. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
b. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation
c. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands
d. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union
e. All persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are, and henceforward shall be free

5. What was the Great Compromise?
a. This described how different branches of the government would work together so one branch would not become too powerful.
b. This was when the delegates of the Constitutional Convention agreed that the Senate would have two seats per state while the number of representatives in the House would be determined on the state`s population.
c. This was when Britain and France signed the treaty agreeing that the United States was a free and independent country.
d. A document describing the laws and structure of the federal government.

6. How many of the 13 states had to ratify the Constitution before it went into effect?
a. None, it went into effect immediately after it was written.
b. 7
c. 9
d. 12
e. 13

7. When did the Constitutional Convention first convene?
a. 1776
b. 1777
c. 1780
d. 1785
e. 1787

8. What are the three branches of government that were created by the Constitution?
a. Executive, Departmental, Judicial
b. Local, State, Federal
c. Cabinet, Congress, Senate
d. Executive, Legislative, Judicial
e. House, Senate, Supreme Court

9. What was the problem with the Articles of the Confederation?
a. The federal government had no money.
b. Soldiers were deserting because they were not being paid.
c. Foreign countries were upset because the United States could not pay its debts.
d. The country was becoming weak because it had little power or money.
e. All of the above.

10. Which of the following is NOT one of the seven articles of the Constitution?
a. Principal`s Power
b. Executive Power
c. Amendments
d. Judicial Power
e. State`s Powers and Limits

About this quiz: All the questions on this quiz are based on information that can be found on the The Constitution page at /history/us_constitution.php.

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