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What is government?
Government is the person or persons who rules and make laws for others.
Why do we have laws?
We have laws to protect us and to provide certain services.
What is democracy?
People elect representatives to make laws for them.
What is a dictatorship?
One person that has all the power and uses it to deprive others of their personal freedoms.
What form of government does the Untied States have?
The United States has a democratic form of government. Also called a democracy.
In 1787 the Constitutional Convention was held in?
The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia.
This person was did most of the writing for the constitution?
James Madison was did most of the writing for the constitution.
This person was known as the "Father of the Constitution"?
James Madison was known as the "Father of the Constitution".
In our Federal form of government, which branch does the President of the United States control?
In our Federal form of government, the President of the United States controls the Executive Branch.
In our Federal form of government, which branch does Congress belong to?
Congress belongs to the Legislative Branch.
In our Federal form of government, which branch is in charge of the courts?
The Judicial Branch.
Congress is the branch of gevernment that?
Congress is the branch of gevernment that makes the laws.
What are the 3 branches of the federal government?
The Legislative, The Executive and the Judicial.
How many representatives are there in the House of Representatives?
There are 435 representatives in the House of Representatives.
State's number of representatives are determined by?
State's number of representatives are determined by population.
A representative can ber elected for _____ years?
A representative can ber elected for 2 years.
The person in charge of the House of Representatives is called the?
The person in charge of the House of Representatives is called the Speaker.
How many Senators are there in the Senate?
There are 100 Senators in the Senate.
Senators are elected for ____ years.
Senators are elected for 6 years.
The Presiding Officer in the Senate is ?
The Presiding Officer in the Senate is the Vice president of the United States.
Who is the President of the United States?
George W. Bush is the President of the United States.
The President of the United States can be elected for a term of ___ years.
The President of the United States can be elected for a term of 4 years.
The President of the United States serve for _____ terms.
The President of the United States serve for 2 terms.
The Vice President of the United States is elected for _____ years.
The Vice President of the United States is elected for the same amount of time as the President.
4 years
The President of the United States has _____ departments that help advise him.
The President of the United States has 15 departments that help advise him.
The President of the United States just added a new department that helps to advise him, what is that department?
The Department of Homeland Security.
Name several duties of the President of the United States?
Enforce laws.
Chief of the Armed Forces
Grants pardons or reprieves.
Make treaties.
Appoints Supreme and Federal Court Judges
Calls Congress to special sessions.
Veto acts of Congress.
In order to become President of the United States you must ?
In order to become President of the United States you must :
Be born in the United States.
You must be at least 35 years old.
You must have lived in the US for 14 years.
You have to be elected.
The highest court in the land is?
The highest court in the land is called the Supreme Court.
There are ____ judges on the Supreme Court.
There are 9 judges on the Supreme Court.
The judges on the Supreme Court are appointed by the _______?
The judges on the Supreme Court are appointed by the President of the United States.
The judges on the Supreme Court can serve for _________ ?
The judges on the Supreme Court can serve for life.
The Head of the Supreme Court is called the ______?
The Head of the Supreme Court is called the Chief Justice.
The two kinds of cases that go to court are?
The two kinds of cases that go to court Civil and Criminal.
A _______ is a group of people who listen to evidence in a court case.
A jury is a group of people who listen to evidence in a court case.
A _________ presides over the court and also listens to the evidence. This person also decides what the punishment will be.
A judges presides over the court and also listens to the evidence. A Judge also decides what the punishment will be.
_____________ are people that represent different interests in a trial.
Lawyera or attorneys are people that represent different interests in a trial.
If the President of the Unbited States becomes ill or dies, who takes his/her place?
If the President of the Unbited States becomes ill or dies, Vice President takes his/her place.
Name the 4 different types of government we studied?
The 4 different types of government we studied in class are:
Democracy
Oligarchy
Aristocracy
Dictatorship
Name the two sections in the Legislative Branch of government.
The House of Representatives and the Senate.
Name the 3 branches of government in the United States.
The 3 branches of government in the United States are:
The Executive, the Legislative, and Judicial Branches.
The main job of the Executive Branch is to _______?
The main job of the Executive Branch is to enforce the laws.
The main job of the Legislative Branch is to _______?
The main job of the Legislative Branch is to make the laws.
The main job of the Judicial Branch is to _______?
The main job of the Judicial Branch is to decide if the laws are constitutional.
Who is the Vice President of the United States?
Dick Cheney is the Vice President of the United States.
The top bolss in the state of Illinois
is ?
Governor Rod Blagojevich
The Constitution of the United States grants certain powers to the states, this is called?
The Constitution of the United States grants certain powers to the states, this is called reserved powers.