U.S. Civics Test – Constitution and Government

U.S. Civics Quiz - Constitution and Government

# 1: How many amendments does the Constitution have?

The Constitution of United States currently has 27 amendments. The latest amendment was added in 1992 and deals with how representatives and senators are paid.

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights and were added in 1791.

# 2: What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?

Congress is divided into two parts - the Senate and the House of Representatives. Specific powers are assigned to each of these chambers.

# 3: Who makes federal laws?

Congress makes federal laws.

A federal law usually applies to all states and all people in the United States.

Either side of Congress, the Senate or the House of Representatives, can propose a bill to address an issue.

If both houses approve the bill, it goes to the president. If the president signs the bill, it becomes a federal law.

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

We elect a U.S. Senator for six years.

The Framers of the Constitution wanted senators to be independent from public opinion. They thought a fairly long, six-year term would give them this protection. They also wanted longer Senate terms to balance the shorter two-year terms of the members of the House, who would more closely follow public opinion.

# 5: Which of the following is one of the three parts of Government?

Our federal government has three parts. They are the Executive, (President and about 5,000,000 workers) Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives) and Judicial (Supreme Court and lower Courts).

# 6: Who signs bills to become laws?

The President signs bills to become laws.

Every law begins as a proposal made by a member of Congress, either a senator (member of the Senate) or representative (member of the House of Representatives).

if a majority of both the Senate and House vote to pass the bill, it goes to the president. If the president wants the bill to become law, he signs it. If the president does not want the bill to become law, he vetoes it.

The president cannot introduce a bill. If he has an idea for a bill, he must ask a member of Congress to introduce it.

# 7: Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?

The President is the Commander in Chief of the military.

The Founding Fathers strongly believed in republican ideals. A republic is a government where a country's political power comes from the citizens, not the rulers, and is put into use by representatives elected by the citizens. That is why they made the president the commander in chief.

# 8: Which of the following is one right or freedom from the first amendment to the Constitution?

Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion.

# 9: What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

The Bill of Rights is the name by which the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are known. They were introduced by James Madison to the First United States Congress in 1789 as a series of articles, and came into effect on December 15, 1791, when they had been ratified by three-fourths of the States.

# 10: What does the Constitution do?

The Constitution of the United States divides government power between the national government and state governments. The name for this division of power is federalism. Federalism is an important idea in the Constitution. We call the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution the Framers of the Constitution. The Framers wanted to limit the powers of the government, so they separated the powers into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The Constitution explains the power of each branch. The Constitution also includes changes and additions, called amendments. The first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights.” The Bill of Rights established the individual rights and liberties of all Americans.

# 11: What is an amendment to the Constitution?

An amendment to the Constitution is a change or an addition.

# 12: What is the rule of law?

The rule of law does not have a precise definition, and its meaning can vary. Generally, however, it can be understood that everyone must follow the law, even the government, and that no one is above the law.

John Adams was one of the Founding Fathers and the second president of the United States. He wrote that our country is, a government of laws, and not of men.In the United States, the U.S. Constitution is the foundation for the rule of law.

# 13: Freedom of religion in United States is guaranteed by:

Freedom of religion means that you can practice any religion, or not practice a religion. It is a civil right guaranteed by the first amendment to the Constitution.

# 14: The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

The House of Representatives has 435 voting members.

The House of Representatives is the larger chamber of Congress. Since 1912, the House of Representatives has had 435 voting members. Each state must have at least one representative in the House.

# 15: Who is in charge of the executive branch of our Government?

Our federal government has three parts. They are the Executive, (President and about 5,000,000 workers) Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives) and Judicial (Supreme Court and lower Courts).

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Check Your Knowledge of the American Constitution and Government

How much do you know about the United States constitution and the government? This quick quiz has some common questions you should be familiar with.

This civics quiz can also help you study if you plan to pass a U.S. citizenship test.

The Federal Government

The Federal Government in United State has three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.

Their are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the President, and the Federal courts, respectively.

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