1. What is the form of government of the United States?

  • Republic
  • Constitution-based federal republic
  • Representative democracy

2. What is the supreme law of the land?*

  • (U.S.) Constitution
  • 3. Name one thing the U.S. Constitution does.
  • Forms the government
  • Defines powers of government
  • Defines the parts of government
  • Protects the rights of the people

4. The U.S. Constitution starts with the words “We the People.” What does “We the People” mean?

  • Self-government
  • Popular sovereignty
  • Consent of the governed
  • People should govern themselves
  • (Example of) social contract

5. How are changes made to the U.S. Constitution?

  • Amendments
  • The amendment process

6. What does the Bill of Rights protect?

  • (The basic) rights of Americans
  • (The basic) rights of people living in the United States

7. How many amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?*

  • Twenty-seven (27)

8. Why is the Declaration of Independence important?

  • It says America is free from British control.
  • It says all people are created equal.
  • It identifies inherent rights.
  • It identifies individual freedoms.

9. What founding document said the American colonies were free from Britain?

  • Declaration of Independence

10. Name two important ideas from the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

  • Equality
  • Liberty
  • Social contract
  • Natural rights
  • Limited government
  • Self-government

11. The words “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” are in what founding document?

  • Declaration of Independence

12. What is the economic system of the United States?*

  • Capitalism
  • Free market economy

13. What is the rule of law?

  • Everyone must follow the law.
  • Leaders must obey the law.
  • Government must obey the law.
  • No one is above the law.

14. Many documents influenced the U.S. Constitution. Name one.

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Federalist Papers
  • Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Virginia Declaration of Rights
  • Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
  • Mayflower Compact
  • Iroquois Great Law of Peace

15. There are three branches of government. Why?

  • So one part does not become too powerful Checks and balances Separation of powers

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