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72 Cards in this Set

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What does the Constitution do?
Sets up the government, defines the government, protects the basic rights of Americans
The idea of self government in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
We the People
What is an amendment?
a change (to the Constitution), an addition (to the Constitution)
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
Bill of Rights
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
speech, assembly, petition the government, religion, press
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
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)
What are 2 rights in the Declaration of Independence?
life, liberty, pursuit of happiness
What is freedom of religion?
you can practice any religion, or not practice a religion
A proposed law
Number of members based on population
House of Representatives
Name one branch or part of the government.
congress, legislative, president, the courts, executive, judicial
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?

Congress, senate and house (of representatives), (US or national) legislature

What are the 2 parts of the US Congress?

the Senate and the House (of representatives)
How many US senators are there?

We elect a US senator for how many years?

Who is one of your states US senator?

Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
We elect a US representative for how many years?

Name your US representative.

John Kline
Who does a US senator represent?

all people of the state
Why do some states have more representatives than other states?

(because of) the states population, (because) they have more people, (because) some states have more people
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 US now?
Barack Obama
What is the name of the vice president of the united states now?

Joe Biden

Is the president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

Vice president
If 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 a law?

the president

who vetoes bills?

the president
what does the presidents cabinet do?

advises the president
What does the judicial branch do?

reviews laws, explains laws, resolves disputes (disagreements), decides if a law goes against the Constitution
What is the highest court in the US?

Supreme court
How many justices are on the Supreme court?

Who is the chief justice of the US?

John Roberts
Who is the governor of your state?

Mark Dayton
What is the capital of your state?

St. Paul
What are the 2 major political parties in the united states?

Democratic and Republican
What is the political party of the president now?

Democratic (party)
What is the name of the speaker of the house of representatives now?

John Boehner
What is one responsibility that is only for the United States citizens?

serve on a jury, vote
What are 2 rights of everyone living in the United States?

freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to petition the government, freedom of worship, the right to bare arms
what is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

give up loyalty to other countries, defend the Constitution and the laws of the US, obey the laws of the US, serve in the US military (if needed), serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed), be loyal to the US
How old do citizens have to be to vote for president?

18 and older
when is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

April 15
When must all men register for the Selective Services?

at age 18, between ages 18 and 26
What is one reason colonists came to America?

freedom, political liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity, practice their religion, escape persecution
What group of people were taken to America and sold as slaves?

Africans from Africa
Who wrote the declaration of independence

Thomas Jefferson
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

July 4, 1776
What happened at the Constitutional Convention?

The constitution was written, The founding fathers wrote the constitution
When was the Constitution written?

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the US Constitution. Name one of the writers
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Publius
Who is the father of our country?

George Washington
Who was the first president?
George Washington

What was one important thing Abraham Lincoln did?

freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation), saved the union, led the US during the civil war
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

freed the slaves, freed the slaves in the Confederacy, freed the slaves in the Confederate states, freed slaves in most southern states
What did Susan B Anthony do?

fought for womens rights, fought for civil rights
Who was the president during world war 1

Woodrow wilson
who was the president during the great depression and ww2

Franklin Roosevelt
Who did the US fight in ww2

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

What major event happened on Sept 11, 2001 in the US?

terrorists attacked the US
What is the capital of the US

Washington DC
Where is the statue of liberty

New York (harbor), liberty island
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
because there were 13 original colonies, the stripes represent the original colonies
why does the flag have 50 stars?
there is 1 star for each state, each star represents a state, there are 50 states
What is the name of the national anthem?

Star spangled banner

When do we celebrate independence day?

July 4