Sep 21 2017

Quiz on the U.S. Constitution

  • Can the Constitution be altered or changed?
    Answer = yes, the ability to amend the Constitution is outlined in Article V
  • Does the President make the laws?
    Answer = no, they are made by Congress
  • Name the three branches of government outlined in the Constitution
    Answer = Legislative, Executive, Judicial
  • Does the Constitution establish the right to an education?
    Answer = no
  • Name the rights protected by the 1st Amendment
    Answer = speech, religion, the press, right to assemble, right to petition the government
  • Does the Constitution establish the principle of separation of church and state?
    Answer = no
  • Is the President chosen by popular vote or the electoral college?
    Answer = the electoral college
  • Which Amendment established the right of privacy?
    Answer = none
  • What is in the Bill of Rights?
    Answer = the first ten Amendments

How did you do compared to others?

Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions – [annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org]

Many Americans are poorly informed about basic constitutional provisions, according to a new national survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

The annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds that:

  • More than half of Americans (53 percent) incorrectly think it is accurate to say that immigrants who are here illegally do not have any rights under the U.S. Constitution;
  • More than a third of those surveyed (37 percent) can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment;
  • Only a quarter of Americans (26 percent) can name all three branches of government.

“Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania. “These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”