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1-What is the supreme law of the land
The constitution
2- What does the Constitution do?
-sets up the government
-defines the government
- protects basic rights of Americans
3- The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
- We the people
4- What is an amendment?
- a change ( to the constitution )
- an addition ( to the constitution )
5- What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
- The bill of Rights
6- What is one right or freedom from the first amendment?
- speech
- religion
- assembly
- press
- petition the government
7- How many amendments does the Constitutions have?
- Twenty-seven (27)
8- What did the Declaration of Independence do?
- announced our independence ( From Great Britain )
- Declared our independence ( from Great Britain )
- said that the United states is free ( from Great Britain )
9- What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
- life
- liberty
- pursuit of happiness
10- What is freedom of religion?
- You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
11- What is the economic system in the United states?
- Capitalist economy
- market economy
12- 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.
13- Name one branch or part of the government?
- Congress
- legislative
- president
- executive
- the courts
- judicial
14- What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
- Checks and balances
- separation of powers
15- Who is in charge the executive branch?
- the president
16- Who makes federal laws?
- Congress
- senate and House (of Representatives )
- (US or national ) legislature
17- What are the two parts of the U.S congress?
- The senate and House ( of Representatives )
18- How many U.S Senators are there?
- One hundred (100)
19- We elect a U.S Senator for how many years?
- six
20- Who is one of your state's U.S Senators now?

(website www.senate.gov)
For southdakota
1-Johnson, Tim - (D - SD) Class II
(202) 224-5842
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact

2-Thune, John - (R - SD) Class III
(202) 224-2321
Web Form: thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
21- The house of Representatives has how many voting members?
- four hundred thirty five (435)
22- We elect a US Representative for how many years?
- Two (2)
23- Name your US Representative.

For South Dakota:
-name: Noem, Kristi
-party: R
24- Who does a US senator represent?
- all people of the state.
25- Why do some states have more representatives than other states?
- (because of) the state's population
- (because) they have more people
- (because) some states have more people
26- We elect a President how many years?
- Four
27- In what month do we vote for president?
- November.
28- What is the name of the president of the United States now?
- Barack Obama
- Obama
29- What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
- Joseph R. Biden, Jr
- Joe Biden
- Biden
30- If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President.
- The Vice President
31- If both the President and Vice President can no longer, who becomes President?
- The Speaker of the house
32- Who is the commander in Chief of the military?
- The president
33- Who signs bills to become laws?
- the president
34- Who vetoes bills?
- The president
35- What does the president's Cabinet do?
- advises the President
36- What are two Cabinet-level position?
- secretary of Agriculture
- secretary of Commerce
- secretary of Defense
- secretary of Education
- secretary of Energy
- secretary of Health and Human Services
- secretary of Homeland Security
- secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- secretary of the Interior
- secretary of Labor
- secretary of State
- secretary of Transportation
- secretary of the Treasury
- secretary of Veterans Affairs
- Attorney General
- Vice President
37- What does the judicial branch do?
- reviews laws
- explains laws
- resolves disputes ( disagreements )
- decides if a law goes against the Constitution
38- What is the highest court in the United States?
- the Supreme Court
39- How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
- nine (9)
40- Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
- John Roberts ( John G. Robert, Jr )
41- Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one powers of the federal government?
- to print money
- to declare war
- to create an army
- to make treaties
42- Under ours Constitution, some powers belong to the States. What is one power of the states?
- providing schooling and education
- Providing protect (police)
- provide safety (fire departments)
- give a driver's license
- approve zoning and land use
43. Who is the governor of your state now?

- Dennis Daugaard
44- What is the capital of your state?

South Dakota
- Pierre
45- what are the two major political parties in the United States?
- Democratic
- Republican
46- what is the political party of the President now?
- Democratic (party)
47- What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
- (John) Boehner
48- There are four amendments to the constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
- Citizens eighteen (18) and older (can vote)
- You dont have to pay (a poll tax) to vote
- Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote)
- A male citizen of any race ( can vote )
49- What is one responsibility that is only for United states citizens?
- serve on a jury
- vote in a federal eletion
50- Name one right only for United States citizens.
- vote in a federal election
- run for federal office
51- what are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
- freedom of expression
- freedom of speech
- freedom of assembly
- freedom of petition of the government
- freedom of worship
- the right to bear arms
52- What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
- the United States
- the flag
53- What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizenship?
- give up loyalty to other country
- defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
- obey the laws of the United States
- serve in the US military (if needed)
- serve ( do important work for ) the nation (if needed)
- be loyal to the United States
54- How old do citizens have to be vote for president?
- eighteen (18) and older
55- What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
- vote
- join a political party
- help with a campaign
- join a civic group
- join a community group
- give an elected official your opinion on an issue
- publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
- run for office
- write to a newspaper
56- When is the last day you can send in federal income tax form?
- April 15
57- When must all men register for the selective service?
- At eighteen (18)
- between eighteen (18) and twenty six (26)
58- What is one reason colonists came to America?
- freedom
- political liberty
- religious freedom
- economic opportunity
- escape persecution
59- Who lived in American before the Europeans arrived?
- American Indians
- Native Americans
60- What group of people was taken to American and sold as slaves
- Africans
- people from Africa
61- Why did the colonists fight the British?
- because of high taxes ( taxation without representation )
- because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
- because they didn't have self-government
62-Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
- (Thomas) Jefferson
63- When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
- July 4, 1776
64- There were 13 original states. Name three.
- New Hampshire
- Massachusetts
- Rhode Island
- Connecticut
- New York
- New Jersey
- Pennsylvania
- Delaware
- Maryland
- Virginia
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Georgia
65- What happened at the Constitutional Conversion?
- The constitution was written
- The founding Fathers wrote the Constitution
66- When was the constitution written?
- 1787
67- The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the US Constitution. Name one of the writers.
- (James) Madison
- (Alexander) Hamilton
- (John) Jay
- Publius
68- What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
- US diplomat
- oldest member of the constitutional Convention
- First Postmaster General of the United States
- writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac"
- started the first free libraries
69- Who is the "Father of Our Country"?
- (George) Washington
70- Who was the first President?
- (George) Washington
71- What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
- the Louisiana Territory
- Louisiana
72- Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
- war 1812
- Mexican-American War
- Civil war
- Spanish-American War
73- Name the US war between the North and the South.
- the Civil war
- the War between the states
74- name one problem that led to the civil war.
- slavery
- economic reasons
- states' rights
75- What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
- freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
- saved (or preserved) the Union
- led the United States during the Civil War
76- What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
- Freed the slaves
- freed slaves in the Confederacy
- freed slaves in the Confederate states
- freed slaves in most Southern states
77- what did Susan B.Anthony do?
- fought for women's rights
- fought for civil rights
78- name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
- World War I
- World War II
- Korean War
- Vietnam War
- (Persian) Gulf War
79- Who was President during World War I?
- (Woodrow) Wilson
80- Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
- (Franklin) Roosevelt
81- Who did the united states fight in World War II?
81- Japan, Germany, and Italy
83- During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
- Communism
84- What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
- Civil rights (movement)
85- What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
- fought for civil rights
- worked for equality for all Americans
86- What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United Sates?
- Terrorists attacked the United States
87- Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
- Cherokee
- Navajo
- Sioux
- Chippewa
- Choctaw
- Puebl0
- Apache
- Iroquois
- Creek
- Blackfeet
- Seminole
- Cheyenne
- Arawak
- Shawnee
- Mohegan
- Huron
- Oneida
- Lakota
- Crow
- Teton
- Hopi
- Inuit
88- Name one of the two longest rivers in the United Sates.
- Missouri (river)
- Mississippi (river)
89- What ocean is on the West Coat of the United States?
- Pacific (Ocean)
90- What ocean is on the East Coat of the United States?
- Atlantic (ocean)
91- Name one US territory
- Puerto Rico
- US Virgin Islands
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Guam
92- Name one state that borders Canada.
- Maine
- New Hampshire
- Vermont
- New York
- Pennsylvania
- Ohio
- Michigan
- Minnesota
- North Dakota
- Montana
- Idaho
- Washington
- Alaska
93- Name one state that borders Mexican.
- California
- Arizona
- New Mexico
- Texas
94- What is the capital of the United States?
- Washington DC
95- Where is the statue of liberty?
- New york ( Harbor )
- Liberty Island
96- Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
- Because there were 13 original colonies
- Because the stripes represent the original colonies
97- Why does the flag have 50 stars?
- because there is one star for each state
- because each star represents a state
- because there are 50 states
98- What is the name of the national anthem?
- the star-spangled Banner
99- When do we celebrate Independence day?
- July 4
100- Name two national US holidays
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving
- Christmas
82- Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
-World War II