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Citizenship Quiz – Short Version

1. Who elects the president of the United States?

a. American people
b. Electoral College
c. House of Representatives
d. U.S. Senate

2. How many changes or amendments are there to the U.S. Constitution?

a. 10
b. 18
c. 27
d. 32

3. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?

a. Pass laws
b. Interpret and explain laws
c. Oversee Congress and the President
d. Write laws

4. Who becomes president if both the president and vice president die?

a. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
b. President Pro-Tem of the Senate
c. Speaker of the House
d. Secretary of State

5. Who nominates judges to serve as Supreme Court justices?

a. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
b. President
c. Speaker of the House
d. Majority leaders of the two political parties

6. Who has the power to declare war?

a. Congress only
b. President only
c. Both president and Congress must declare war
d. Senate only

7. What kind of government does the United States have?

a. Republic
b. Commonwealth
c. Confederacy
d. Democratic Republic

8. According to the First Amendment of the Constitution, who is prohibited from making laws that “respect,” sponsor, endorse, or “establish” religion, or from interfering in the people’s independent and free exercise of it? Hint: “____ shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”

a. The people, through its elected representatives (i.e., Congress)
b. The President
c. The Supreme Court
d. The States (through the incorporation clause of the 14th Amendment)
e. All of the above

9. Who is considered the Author, and thereby “Father,” of the U.S. Constitution?

a. George Washington
b. Benjamin Franklin
c. James Madison
d. Thomas Jefferson
e. Alexander Hamilton

10. The United States and its constitutional government were founded by . . .

a. Colonial Puritans
b. American Revolutionaries
c. Native Indians
d. Columbus

11. Which founding father wrote: “In the Papal system, government and religion are in a manner consolidated, and that is found to be the worst of governments”?

a. John Adams
b. Roger Sherman
c. Patrick Henry
d. James Madison

12. Who is the current Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?

a. John Roberts
b. Clarence Thomas
c. Sandra Day O’Connor
d. Anthony Kennedy
e. William Rehnquist

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