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What is the supreme law of the land

-The Constitution
What does the Constitution do?

-Sets up the government

-Defines the government

-Protects basic rights of americans

The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

-We the people.

What is an amendment?

-A change (to constitution)

-An addition (to the constitution)

What do we call the first ten amendments to the constitution?

-The bill of rights

What is one right or freedom from the first amendment





-Petition of the government

How many amendments does the Constitution have?


What did the Declaration of Independence do?

-Announced our independence

- Declared our independence

-Said the United States is free

From Great Britain

What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?



-Pursuit of happiness

What is the freedom of religion?

You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

What is the economic system in the United States?

-Capitalist economy

-Market economy

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

Name one branch or part of the government?





-The courts


What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

-Checks and balances

-Separation of powers

Who is in charge of the executive branch?
-The president

Who makes federal laws?


-Senate and House of representatives

-US or national legislature

What are the two parts of the US congress?

-The Senate and House of Representatives

How Many US Senators are there?

We elect a US Senator for how many years?

Who is one of your state's US Senator's now?

- Barbara Boxer

-Diane Feinstein

The house of Representatives has how many voting members?


We elect a U.S Representative for how many years?

Name your U.S Representative.

-Judy Chu

-Pete Aguilar

Who does a U.S Senator represent?

-All the people of the state
Why does some states have more Representatives?

-Because of state's population
We Elect a President for how many years?
In What month do we vote for President?
What is the name of the President of the United States now?
-Barack Obama
What is the name of the Vice President of the United States Now?
-Joe Biden
If the president can no longer serve, who becomes President?
-The Vide President
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
-The Speaker of the house
Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
-The President
Who signs bills to become laws?
-The President

Who vetoes bills?

-The President

What does the President's Cabinet do?

-Advises the President

What are 2 Cabinet-level positions

-Vice President

-Secretary of Veterans Affairs

What does the judicial branch do?

-Review laws

-Explains laws

-Resolves disputes (disagreements)

-Decides if a law goes against the Constitution

What is the highest court in the United States?

-The Supreme Court

How many Justices are on the Supreme Court?


Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

-John Roberts
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

-To declare War

Under our Constitution, some power belong to the states. What is one power of the state?

-provide schooling and education

Who is the Governor of your state now?

-Jerry Brown
What is the capital of your state?

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



What is the political party of the President now?


What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

-John Boehner

-There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote? Describe one of them?

- Any citizen can vote

What is one responsibility that is only for the U.S citizens?

-Vote in a federal election

-Name one right only for United States citizen?

-vote in federal election

-What are the 2 rights of everyone living in the United States?

- freedom of speech

-freedom of worship

What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

-The United States

-The Flag

What is one promise you make when you become a United States Citizen?

-Give up loyalty to other countries

-Defend the Constitution and laws of the United States

How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?


What are the 2 ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

- Vote

- join a political party

When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

- April 15

When must all men register for the Selective Service?

-Between 18-26

What is one reason colonist came to America?

- Freedom

Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

- Native Americans

What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?

- Africans

- Why did the colonist fight the British?

- Because of high taxes

-Because they didn't have self-government

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

- Thomas Jefferson

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

- July 4, 1776

There were 13 original states. Name 3

- New York

-New Jersey


What happened to the Constitutional Convention?

- The Constitution was written

When was the Constitution written?


The federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S Constitution. Name one of the writer?

-Alexander Hamilton

What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

- U. S Diplomat

- Who is the "Father of Our Country"?

- George Washington

Who was the first President?

- George Washington

What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?


Name one war fought by the United Sates in the 1800s

- Spanish- American War

Name the U.S was between the North and the South?

- The Civil War

-Name one problem that led to the Civil War


What was one important thing Abraham Lincoln did?

- Freed the slaves

- What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

-Freed the slaves
What did Susan B. Anthony do?

-Fought for women's right
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s

- World War 1
Who was the president during World War I?

- Woodrow Wilson

Who was the President during the Great Depression and world war II?

-Franklin Roosevelt

Who did the United States Fight during World War II?

- Japan, Germany, and Italy
Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

- World War II
During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

- Communism
What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

- Civil Rights

What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?

- Fight for the civil rights

-What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?

- Terrorists attacked the United States

Name one American Indian tribe in the United States?

- Navajo


Name one of the two longest rivers in the U.S?

-Missouri River

What ocean is on the West Coast of the U.S?

-Pacific Ocean

What ocean is on the East Coast of the U.S?

- Atlantic Ocean
Name one U.S territory?


Name one state that borders Canada?

- Washington

Name one state that borders Mexico?


- What is the Capital of the United States?

- Washington, D.C.

Where is the statue of Liberty?

- New York

Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

- because there were 13 original colonies

- Why does the flag have 50 stars?

- because there are 50 states

What is the name of the national anthem?

- The Star- Spangled Banner
When do we celebrate Independence day?

- July 4
Name 2 national U.S holidays.

- Independence day

-Veterans day