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Basic Civics Knowledge

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For how long do we elect each Senator?
6 years
What is the United States Capitol?
The place where Congress meets
What was the 50th state to be added to our Union (the United States)?
What is the White House?
The President's official home
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves.
What is the highest part of the Judiciary Branch of our Government?
The Supreme Court
Who is the current Governor of the state you live in?
"The answer to this question depends on where you live. To learn the name of the Governor of your state, go to and select the state government link."
What kind of government does the United States have?
A Republic
What is the national anthem of the United States?
The Star-Spangled Banner
What were the 13 original states of the United States called before they were states?
What was the 49th state added to our Union (the United States)?
What makes up Congress?
The Senate and the House of Representatives
What do we call changes to the Constitution?
Which President is called the "Father of our Country"?
George Washington
Can the Constitution be changed?
Yes, the Constitution can be changed.
Who helped the Pilgrims in America?
The American Indians/Native Americans
How many times may a Senator or Congressman be re-elected?
There is no limit.
Who elects the President of the United States?
The Electoral College
How many branches are there in the United States government?
There are 3 branches
What is the head executive of a city government called?
The Mayor
What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
We fought Great Britain in the Revolutionary War.
What is the executive of a state government called?
The Governor
What U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship?
Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)
Who meets in the U.S. Capitol building?
What special group advises the President?
The Cabinet advises the President.
For how long do we elect each member of the House of Representatives?
For 2 years
Name one of the purposes of the United Nations
For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems or to provide economic aid to many countries
Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
All people living in the United States
What is the most important right granted to United States citizens?
The right to vote
Who is the Vice President of the United States today?
Dick Cheney
What are the colors of our flag?
Red, white, and blue
Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States
To obtain Federal government jobs, to travel with a U.S. passport, or to petition for close relatives to come to the United States to live
How many states are there in the Union (the United States)?
50 states
Independence Day celebrates independence from whom?
Independence from Great Britain
What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
To interpret and explain the laws
For how long is the President elected?
The President is elected for 4 years.
What colors are the stripes on the flag?
The stripes on the flag are red and white.
Name the amendments that guarantee or address voting rights
The 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th amendments
What is the Constitution?
The supreme law of the land
Name two Senators from your state
The answer to this question depends on where you live. Here is a list of senators for all states:
How many stars are there on our flag?
There are 50 stars on our flag.
How many changes, or amendments, are there to the Constitution?
Twenty-seven amendments
Who becomes President if the President dies?
The Vice President
What holiday was celebrated for the first time by American colonists?
What are the two major political parties in the United States today?
The Democratic and Republican parties
What is the legislative branch of our Government?
Why are there 100 Senators in the United States Senate?
Each state elects 2 Senators.
How many full terms can a President serve?
Two full terms
Who was Martin Luther King, Jr?
A civil rights leader
Which President was the first Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
George Washington
Who elects Congress?
The citizens of the United States
Who is Commander-in-Chief of the United States military?
The President
Who is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
John G. Roberts, Jr.
What is the minimum voting age in the United States?
18 is the minimum voting age.
Who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner?
Francis Scott Key
Who is the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government?
The President
Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson
Who signs bills into law?
The President
How many Senators are there in Congress?
There are 100 Senators in Congress, 2 from each state.
How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?
There are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives.
Who makes the Federal laws in the United States?
Who was President during the Civil War?
Abraham Lincoln
In what year was the Constitution written?
The Constitution was written in 1787.
Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
To gain religious freedom
What are some of the basic beliefs of the Declaration of Independence?
That all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
How many stripes are there on our flag?
There are 13 stripes on our flag.
What is the Bill of Rights?
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution
What is the capital of the state you live in?
"The answer to this question depends on the state where you reside. To learn the capital of your state, go to and select the state government link."
Who is the President of the United States today?
George W. Bush
What are the three branches of our government?
Executive, Judicial, and Legislative
What is the name of the President's official home?
The White House
What color are the stars on our flag?
The stars on our flag are white.
How many Supreme Court Justices are there?
There are 9 Supreme Court Justices.
What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
The Bill of Rights
In what month do we vote for the President?
What do the stars on the flag mean?
One for each state
In what month is the new President inaugurated?
Where does freedom of speech come from?
The Bill of Rights
Who becomes President if both the President and Vice President die?
The Speaker of the House
What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
The Preamble
Where is the White House located?
Washington, DC
What is the supreme law of the United States?
The Constitution
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
July 4, 1776
Who nominates judges for the Supreme Court?
The President nominates judges for the Supreme Court.
Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment
The rights of freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, of assembly, and to petition the Government
What is the highest court in the United States?
The Supreme Court
Who was the first president of the United States?
George Washington
What are some of the requirements to be eligible to become President?
A candidate for President must • be a native-born, not naturalized, citizen, • be at least 35 years old, • and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.
"Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"?"
Patrick Henry
What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
The Mayflower
What group has the power to declare war?
Congress has the power to declare war.
What do the stripes on the flag represent?
The first 13 states
What is the executive branch of our government?
The President, the Cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members
Name some countries that were our enemies during World War II
Germany, Italy, and Japan
What were the original 13 states?
Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Georgia
What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?
Independence Day

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