1. In what city was the Declaration of Independence signed?

In Philadephia, Pennsylvania

2. What were the years of the Civil War?

1861-1865

3. What are the three most important powers of the United States Congress?

(1) to make the laws
(2) to declare war and
(3) to admit new states to the Union

4. What was the Boston Tea Party?

The colonists were upset over the tax on tea and dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor and soon the Revolutionary War started.

5. Does the Vice-President have any duties in the Legislative Branch?

Yes. He presides over the United States Senate. The Vice President has a vote in the Senate if there is a tie.

6. How long is the term of office for a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court?

The term is for life.

7. What were the Articles of Confederation?

The Articles of Confederation was the first attempt to form a simple government for the colonies.

8. Who was Christopher Columbus?

Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492.

9. Who is Sandra Day O Connor?

Sandra Day O'Connor is the first woman judge on the U.S. Supreme Court.

10. How do we determine the number of representatives that each state elects to go to the House of Representatives?

The number is determined by the population of each state.

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11. Congress is divided into two parts. What do we call those two parts?

The House of Representatives and the Senate.

12. What major river running North to South divides the United States?

The Mississippi River

13. What famous American invented the electric light bulb?

Thomas Edison

14. What two oceans border the United States?

The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

15. What is it called if the President refuses to sign a bill into law and returns it to Congress with his objections?

Veto

16. What is the United States Capitol?

The United States Capitol is the place where Congress meets.

17. How many states are there in the United States?

50

18. What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today?

Republican and Democratic

19. How many times may a congressman be re-elected?

There is no limit

20. How many times may a U.S. Senator be re-elected?

There is no limit

21. In what month is the new President inaugurated?

January

22. In what month do we vote for the President?

November

23. Which President was the first Commander-in-Chief of the military (army and navy)?

George Washington

24. Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military?

The President

25. What is the name of the Presidents official home?

The White House

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26. Where is the White House located?

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest, Washington, D.C

27. What is the White House?

The USA President's Official Residence

28. Who meets in the U.S. Capitol Building?

The Congress meets in the Capitol Building

29. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?

he right to vote

30. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States?

Obtain federal government jobs;
travel with a U.S. passport;
to petition for close relatives to come to the U.S. to live;
and the right to vote in U.S. elections

31. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?

The Preamble

32. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

Everyone living in the United States (citizens and non-citizens living in the U.S.)

33. Where does Congress meet?

In the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

34. Name one purpose of the United Nations?

For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems; and to provide economic aid to many countries

35. What are the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution called?

The Bill of Rights

36. What was the Civil War?

The Civil war was the war between the North and the South

37. In what year was the Constitution written?

1787. It was adopted in 1789

38. How did Abraham Lincoln leave the Office of the President?

He was shot.

39. Which President freed the slaves?

Abraham Lincoln

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

Republican

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41. Who has the power to declare war?

The Congress

42. Name 3 rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?

(a) Freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting change of government
(b) The right to bear arms (the right to have weapons or own a gun, though subject to certain regulations)
(c) The government may not quarter, or house, soldiers in citizen's homes during peacetime without their consent
(d) The government may not search or take a person's property without a warrant
(e) A person may not be tried twice for the same crime and does not have to testify against him/herself
(f) A person charged with a crime still has some rights, such as the right to a fair trial and to have a lawyer
(g) The right to trial by jury, in most cases
(h) Protection of people against excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment
(i) The people have rights other than those mentioned in the Constitution
(j) Any power not given to the federal government by the Constitution is a power of either the states or the people

43. What were the 13 original states of the United States called before they were states?

Colonies

44. What is the name of the ship that brought the pilgrims to America?

Mayflower

45. Who helped the pilgrims in America?

The American Indian/Native Americans

46. What Immigration and Naturalization Service form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship?

Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)

47. Which President is called the Father of Our Country?

George Washington

48. What special group advises the President?

The cabinet

49. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

freed the slaves

50. Who was President during the Civil War?

Abraham Lincoln

51. What is the highest court in the United States?

The Supreme Court

52. Who signs bills into law?

The President

53. What is the minimum voting age in the United States?

18

54. Where does Freedom of Speech come from?

Bill of Rights

55. Who wrote The Star Spangled Banner?

Francis Scott Key

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56. What is the National Anthem of the United States?

The Star-Spangled Banner

57. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?

That all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

58. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

July 4, 1776

59. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?

Thomas Jefferson

60. What is the head executive of a city government called?

The Mayor

61. What is the head executive of a state government called?

The Governor

62. Why did the pilgrims come to America?

To gain religious freedom

63. Who nominates or selects the Supreme Court Justices?

They are nominated by the President

64. Why are there 100 Senators in the Senate?

There are two from each state

65. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become President. Name one of these requirements?

Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States; must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve; must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years

66. Who is the head of your local government?

(depends on locality--call your City Hall for more information. This person is generally the Mayor of your city.)

67. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

A civil rights leader

68. How many terms can a President serve?

2

69. What are the 49th and 50th States of the Union?

Alaska and Hawaii

70. Which countries were our enemies during World War II?

Germany, Italy and Japan

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71. Who said: Give me liberty or give me death?

Patrick Henry

72. Can you name the thirteen original states?

Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maryland

73. Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

John G. Roberts, Jr.

74. Who becomes President of the U.S.A. if the President and Vice President should die?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives

75. Who is the current governor of your state?

Jennifer Granholm (if living in Michigan)

76. What is the capital of your state?

Lansing (If living in Michigan)

77. What is the Bill of Rights?

The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution

78. What is the supreme law of the United States?

The Constitution

79. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?

To interpret and explain the law

80. What is the judiciary branch of our government?

The Supreme Court and other federal courts

81. Name the highest part of the judiciary branch of our Government?

The Supreme Court

82. Who is the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government?

The President

83. What is the executive branch of our government?

The President, the Cabinet and departments under the cabinet members

84. For how long do we elect the representatives?

2 years

85. How many representatives are there in Congress?

435

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86. For how long do we elect each senator?

6 years

87. Can you name the two senators from your state?

Senator Carl Levin and Senator Spencer Abraham (for Michigan only)

88. How many senators are there in Congress?

100

89. Who elects Congress?

The people

90. What are the duties of Congress?

To make federal laws, enter into treaties, approve appointments made by the President

91. What makes up Congress?

The House of Representatives and the Senate

92. Who makes the laws in the United States?

The Congress

93. What is the legislative branch of our government?

The Congress consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives

94. What are the three branches of our government?

Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch

95. How many branches are there in our government?

3 branches

96. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?

27

97. What do we call a change to the Constitution?

An amendment

98. Can the Constitution be changed?

Yes. Through amendments.

99. What is the Constitution?

The supreme law of the land

100. For how long do we elect the President?

4 years

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101. Who becomes President of the United States if the President should die?

Vice President

102. Who elects the President of the United States?

The Electoral College

103. Who is the Vice President of the United States today?

Joe Biden

104. Who is the President of the United States today?

Barack Hussein Obama

105. Who was the first President of the United States?

George Washington

106. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?

England

107. Independence Day celebrates independence from whom?

England

108. What is the date of Independence Day?

July 4, 1776

109. What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?

Independence Day

110. How many states are there in the union?

50

111. What do the stripes on the flag mean?

They represent the original 13 states

112. What color are the stripes?

Red and white

113. How many stripes are on the USA flag?

13

114. What do the stars on the flag mean?

is one star for each state in the Union. Each star represents a state.

115. What color are the stars on USA flag?

white

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116. How many stars are there on USA flag?

50

117. What are the colors of our flag?

Red, white and blue