civic test

  1. What is the supreme 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
    “We the People,” the first three words of the preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
  4. What is an amendment?
    1) a change (to the Constitution)

    2) 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?
    • 1) announced our independence (from Great Britain)
    • 2) declared our independence (from Great Britain)
    • 3) said that the United States 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?
    1) capitalist economy

    2) 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.*




    the courts

  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?

    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?
  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?*
    Scott Brown and John Kerry
  21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
  22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
    Two (2)
  23. Name your U.S. Representative.
    Marcos Devers
  24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
    All the people on his 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?*
  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?
    Joe Biden
  30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
    Vice President
  31. If both the President and 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. Who vetoes bills?
    The President
  35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
    Advices 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 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
    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?
    Deval Patrick
  44. What is the capital of your state?*
    Boston, MA
  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?
  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 citizens.
    Vote on 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 States 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?*
  55. 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

    run for office

    write to a newspaper
  56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
    April 15th
  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?

    political liberty

    religious freedom

    economic opportunity

    practice their religion

    escape persecution
  59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
    Native Americans

    American Indians
  60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
  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 4th, 1776
  64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
    Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and NH
  65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
    The Constitution was written.

    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.
    (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

  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
  74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.

    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?
  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 of America
  87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
    Navajo, Sioux, Chippewa, Choctaw, Pueblo, Arawak, Shawnee, Mohegan, Huron, Oneida, Lakota, Apache, Iroquois, Creek, Blackfeet, Seminole, Cheyenne, Crow, Teton, Hopi, Inuit and Cherokee
  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

  92. Name one state that borders Canada.
    New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Maine
  93. Name one state that borders Mexico.


    New Mexico

  94. What is the capital of the United States?*
    Washington, DC
  95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
    New York (harbor)

    Liberty Island
  96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
    1) because there were 13 original colonies

    2) because the stripes represent the original colonies
  97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*
    1) because there is one star for each state

    2) because each star represents a state

    3) 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 4th
  100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
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