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What is a preamble?
a) A document
b) An amendment
c) An introduction
d) A branch of government

What did the Declaration of Independence say?
a) The U.S. was no longer part of Great Britain.
b) The U.S. would have three branches of government.
c) People in the U.S. would have the freedom of speech.
d) The colonists had no problem with King George.

Which of the following was NOT a grievance that the colonists had against Britain?
a) The king held too much power; no one else could be elected king.
b) The king had not charged any taxes in the colonies.
c) The king had stationed soldiers in the colonies.
d) The king had inhibited the rights of the people.

John Hancock was famous for:
a) Signing the Declaration of Independence
b) Writing the Constitution
c) Becoming President
d) Fighting in World War II

The 'Father of our Constitution' (who wrote it) was:
a) George Washington
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) John Hancock
d) James Madison

Before the Constitution, our nation had a government called:
a) The Bill of Rights
b) The Preamble
c) The Articles of Confederation
d) The Declaration of Independence

The Articles of Confederation were weak for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:
a) The government could not raise a military.
b) There was no legislature to make laws.
c) The government could not tax people to get money.
d) 2/3 of states had to agree on any law for it to pass, so nothing got done.

According to Article I of the Constitution, the legislative branch:
a) Makes laws
b) Enforces laws
c) Interprets laws
d) Is called the President

According to Article II, the executive branch:
a) Makes laws
b) Interprets laws
c) Enforces laws
d) Has two parts: the Senate and the House of Representatives

According to Article III, the judicial branch:
a) Makes laws
b) Enforces laws
c) Writes laws
d) Interprets laws

Which of the following is NOT true about the Bill of Rights?
a) It includes all 27 constitutional amendments.
b) It is the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
c) It was created to protect the rights of people and states against a strong federal government.
d) It includes freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

The First Amendment rights include all of the following EXCEPT:
a) Freedom of speech
b) Freedom of religion
c) Freedom from paying taxes
d) Freedom of the press

The Second Amendment says:
a) There can be no cruel and unusual punishment
b) People have the right to own and carry weapons ('bear arms')
c) There can be no unlawful searches and seizures
d) People have the right to give guns to bears ('arm bears')

The Third Amendment says:
a) The government can't search your house without a warrant.
b) You have a right to a trial by jury.
c) You have a right to bear arms.
d) The government can't force you to have soldiers stay in your house.

The Fourth Amendment deals with:
a) Illegal searches and seizures.
b) Cruel and unusual punishment.
c) Rights of the accused.
d) Freedom of speech.

The Fifth Amendment deals with:
a) Rights protected for the states.
b) Rights of the accused.
c) Right to a trial by jury in civil cases.
d) Right to freedom of religion.

The Sixth and Seventh Amendments are similar because they include rights related to:
a) How trials are conducted (quick and speedy trials, trial by jury...)
b) What states have the power to do (run schools, police departments, etc...)
c) How searches and seizures can be done (need of a warrant...)
d) What people can say (freedom of speech, press, assembly...)

The Eighth Amendment says:
a) There may be other rights people have not yet listed in the Constitution.
b) There should be no cruel and unusual punishment.
c) Powers not given to the federal government are reserved for the states.
d) People have the right to bear arms.

The federal government is:
a) Our local government, located in Gallup.
b) Our national government, located in Washington, D.C.
c) A foreign government, located overseas.
d) Our state government, located in Santa Fe.

Which of the following is a power that states governments have, which the federal government does NOT:
a) The power to run schools.
b) The power to raise a military.
c) The power to tax.
d) The power to make laws.

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