Civics Quiz – How much do you know?

February 5, 2008

Test your knowledge on how much you know about the US government.  If you feel stumped (like I did a few times).  Look it up!  Talk to your students about it!

Basic Civics Quiz

This Quiz tests a basic level of knowledge that All American Citizens of at least high school age ought to know about the United States.

1. How many branches are there in the federal government?

2. Name them.

3. What is the Bill of Rights?

4. Who is the Governor of your state?

5. Name two 19th century U.S. Presidents.

6. The U.S. legislature is comprised of two parts. Name them.

7. Complete the following sentence. “Give me liberty, or __________________________!”

8. How many legislative bodies are there in your state? Name them.

9. Name two requirements to be able to vote.

10. According to Lincoln, what institution is “of the people, by the people, and for the people?”

11. What famous document begins with the declaration, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to disolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth a separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind require that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation?”

12. According to that document, what truths are self-evident?

13. What are your “inalienable rights”?

14. Where do they come from?

15. What famous document starts with the words, “We the people…?”

16. How many states did it take to ratify the Constitution?

17. How many states does it take to ratify a change in the Constitution today?

18. Name two current members of the U.S. Congress.

19. The 5th Amendment guarantees that you have the right to remain _________.

20. If a law that is passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by the President conflicts with the Constitution, which one falls?

21. According to the Declaration of Independence, whenever any form of government becomes destructive to the ends of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, it is the right of the _________ to alter or abolish it.


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