Civics Test 2012 California

  1. What is the Supereme law of the land?
    the Constitution
  2. What does the Constitution do?
    1. sets up the government

    2. defines the government

    3. 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?
    1. a change (to the Constitution)

    2. an addition (to the Constion)
  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?*
    1. speech 

    2. religion

    3. assembly

    4. press

    5. petition the government
  7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
  8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
    1. announced our independence from Great Britain

    2. declared our indpenedence from Great Britain

    3. said that the U.S is free from Great Britain 
  9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
    1. life

    2. liberty

    3. 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"?
    1. Everyone must follow the law

    2. Leaders must obey the law

    3. Government must obey the law

    4. No one is above the Law 
  13. Name one branch or part of the government.*
    1. Congress

    2. Legistlative

    3. President

    4. Executive

    5. The Courts

    6. Judicial  
  14. What stops one branch from becoming too powerful?
    1. Checks & Balances

    2. Seperation of powers 
  15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
    the President
  16. Who makes federal laws?
    1. Congress

    2. Senate & House of Representatives

    3. U.S. or national legislature 
  17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress*
    the Senate & House of Representatives
  18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
  19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years? 
    6 years
  20. Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators now?* (California)
    Barbara Boxer
  21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
  22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
    2 years
  23. Name your U.S. Representative. (California)
    Zoe Lofgren
  24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
    all people of the state
  25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
    1. because of the state's population 

    2. because they have more people

    3. because some states have more people 
  26. We elect a President for house many years?
    4 years
  27. In what month do we vote for President?*
  28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*
    Barack Obama
  29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States Now?
    Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Joe Biden)
  30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
    the Vice President
  31. If both the President & the Vice 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. What does the President's Cabinet do?
    advises the President
  35. Who Vetoes bills?
    the President
  36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
    Secratary of...

    Agriculture, Commerece, Defense, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, the Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, the Tresury, Veterans Affairs, -Attorney General, -Vice President 
  37. What does the judicial branch do?
    1. reviews laws

    2. explains laws

    3. resolves disputes (disagreements)

    4. decides if a law goes against the Constitution 
  38. What is the higest court in the United States?
    the Supreme Court 
  39. How many justices are there on the Supreme Court?
  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?
    1. to print money

    2. to declare war

    3. to create an army

    4. to make treaties 
  42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
    1. provide schooling & education 

    2. provide protection (police)

    3. provide safety (fire departments)

    4. give a driver's license

    5. approve zoning & land use 
  43. Who is the Govenor of your state now? (California)
    Jerry Brown
  44. What is the Capital of your state?* (California)
  45. What are two major political parties in the United States?*
    Democratic & Republican
  46. What is the political party of the President now?
    Democratic Party

    (Barack Obama, is a member of the Democratic Party) 
  47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
    John Boehner
  48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
    1. Citizens eighteen (18) & older can vote. 

    2. You don't have to pay (a poll tax) to vote

    3. Any citizen can vote. (Women & men can vote) 

    4. A male citizen of any race can vote. 
  49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*
    1. serve on a jury

    2. vote in a federal election 
  50. Name one right only for United States citizens.
    1. vote in a federal election 

    2. run for federal office 
  51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
    1. freedom of expression

    2. freedom of speech

    3. freedom of assembly

    4. freedom to petition the government

    5. freedom of worship

    6. the right to bear arms 
  52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
    1. the United States

    2. the flag 
  53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
    1. give up loyalty to other countries

    2. defend the Constitution and laws of the United States

    3. obey the lwas of the United States

    4. serve in the U.S. military (if needed

    5. serve the nation (if needed)

    6. be loyal to the United States 
  54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for president?*
    18 years and older
  55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
    1. vote

    2. join a political party

    3. help with a campaign

    4. join a civic group

    5. join a community group

    6. give an elected offficial your opinion on an issue

    7. call Senators & Representatives

    8. publicly support or oppose an issue or policy

    9. run for office

    10. wrrite 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?
    1. at age 18

    2. between eighteen (18) & twenty-six (26) 
  58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
    freedom, political liberty, relgious freedom, economic opportunity, practice their religion, escape persecution
  59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
    1. Native Indians

    • 2. Native Americans
  60. What group of people was taken to America & sold as slaves?
    1. Africans 

    2. people from Africa 
  61. Why did colonists fight the British? 
    1. because of high taxes (taxation without representation)

    2. because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)

    3. 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?
    1. the Constitution was written

    2. the founding fathers wrote the Constitution 
  66. When was the Constitution written?
  67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. 
    1. James Madison

    2. Alexander Hamilton

    3. John Jay

    4. Publius 
  68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
    1. U.S. diplomat

    2. oldest member of the Constitutional Convention

    3. first postmaster General of the U.S.

    4. writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac"

    5. 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?
  72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800's.
    1. War of 1812

    2. Mexican-American War

    3. Civil War

    4. Spanish-American War 
  73. Name the U.S. war between the North & the South.
    1. the Civil War

    2. the War between the States 
  74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
    1. slavery

    2. economic reasons

    3. states' rights 
  75. What was on important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
    1. freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)

    2. saved (or preserved) the union

    3. led the United States during the Civil war
  76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
    1. freed the slaves

    2. freed slaves in the Confederacy 

    3. freed slaves in the confederate states

    4. freed slaves in most Southern states
  77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
    1. Fought for women's rights

    2. fought for civil rights
  78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900's.*
    1. World War I

    2. Worold War II

    3. Korean War

    4. Vietnam War

    5. (Persian) Gulf War
  79. Who was President during World War I?
    Woodrow Wilson
  80. Who was President during the Great Depression & World War II?
    Franklin Roosevelt
  81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
    Japan, Germany, & 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?
  84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
    Civil rights movement
  85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
    1. fought for civil rights 

    2. 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, Cheyenne, Navajo, Arawak, Sioux, Shawnee, Chippewa, Mohegan, Choctaw, Huron, Pueblo, Oneida, Apache, Lakota, Iroquois, Crow, Creek, Teton, Blackfeet, Hopi, Seminole, Inuit
  88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
    1. Missouri River

    2. 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.
    1. Puerto Rico 

    2. U.S. Virgin Islands

    3. American Samoa

    4. Northern Mariana Islands

    5. Guam 
  92. Name one state that borders Canada.
    Main, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska 
  93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
    California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
  94. What is the capital of the United States?*
     Washington D.C.
  95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
    1. New York Harbor

    2. Liberty Island

    [Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson River.]
  96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
    1. because there were 13 origian colonies

    2. because the stripes represenst the original colonies
  97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*
    because there are 50 states
  98. What is the name of the national anthem?
    The Star-Spangeled 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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