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AUTHOR:  Betty Haile, Central Mid-High; Norman, OK


1 copy of the exercise for each student
American History text

There are a number of ways to use this exercise:
1.   Individual - Each person answers the questions
2.   Group - A good number is between 3 and 5 members
     a.  Each group divides the exercise into an
         equal number of questions for each member,
     b.  Each member works on the whole exercise and
         collaborates on the answers
     c.  One answer sheet for each participant,
     d.  One answer sheet for the whole group
         (cuts down on grading)
     e.  Bonus points may be awarded to the first
         group(s) to finish
3.   When helping a group/individual, give only the
     Article, Section, Clause
4.   For remedial readers, page numbers and/or the
     Article, Section, Clause may be inserted on the
     question sheet


Look up the following information as quickly as

1.   Who is the "father of the Constitution"?
2.   The essays urging ratification during the New York
     ratification debates were known
3.   Name two authors of "The Federalist Papers".
4.   How many states were required to ratify the
     Constitution before it could go into effect?
5.   Which were the last two states to ratify (after
     the new government had already begun to function)?
6.   How often is the number of congressional districts
     per state determined?
7.   According to Article I, Section 2, of the
     Constitution, how were slaves to be counted when
     determining the number of congressional districts
     per state?
8.   Who has the sole power of impeachment?
9.   Who has the sole power to try officials who have
     been impeached?
10.  When the president of the U.S. is tried for
     impeachment, who presides at the trial?
11.  According to the Constitution, a writ of habeas
     corpus may not be suspended except under what
12.  The first article of the Constitution places
     limits on the states.  Name one.
13.  Name two congressional limits on the President
     according to the Constitution.
14.  Which article of the Constitution defines the
     powers of the President?
15.  For what office mentioned in the Constitution must
     a person be a natural-born citizen?
16.  Name three powers of the President as stated in
     the Constitution.
17.  Which branch(es) of the federal government is
     responsible for establishing lower federal courts?
18.  What is the Vice-President's only constitutional
19.  What is the only condition specified by the
     Constitution concerning the  nature of state
20.  What is the only crime defined by the
21.  What does the Constitution require to convict a
     person of treason?
22.  How does Article VI of the Constitution resolve
     possible conflicts between state laws and federal
23.  What does Article VI say about administering
     religious tests to candidates for public office?
24.  When is it possible for a constitutional
     convention such as the Convention of 1789 to
25.  Can the president introduce, ratify, or veto a
     constitutional amendment?
26.  What are the first ten amendments to the
     Constitution called?
27.  There are five basic rights mentioned in the First
     Amendment.  Name three.
28.  Name five of the rights guaranteed to all citizens
     in the Bill of Rights.
29.  What does the tenth amendment say about the
     delegation of powers to the states?
30.  Which amendment established the federal income
31.  The Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the
     right to vote, passed in what year?
32.  People who fought for the passage of the
     Nineteenth Amendment were called
33.  According to the Twentieth Amendment, if the
     President-elect dies before the beginning of
     his/her term, who becomes President?
34.  Name the only amendment that specifically repeals
     another amendment?
35.  What was the purpose of the most recent amendment
     to the Constitution?
36.  The argument that "anyone old enough to fight for
     his country, is old enough to vote" secured
     passage of what amendment?
37.  What is the term (number of years) served by a
     member of the House of Representatives?
38.  What is the term served by a member of the Senate?
39.  What is the minimum age for a Representative?
40.  What is the minimum age for a Senator?
41.  What is the minimum age for a President?
42.  Name the amendments that banned slavery, declared
     all persons born or naturalized in the U.S. to be
     citizens, established due process and equal
     protection under the law, and established suffrage
     for black Americans.
43.  What is the exception to the Thirteenth
     Amendment's abolition of involuntary servitude?
44.  The Twenty-fifth Amendment says a president unable
     to discharge the powers of his/her office must
     declare this in writing to two people.  Who are
45.  Which branch of government is given constitutional
     responsibility for regulation of trade?


1.   Text:  James Madison
2.   Text:  The Federalist Papers
3.   Text:  Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
4.   Text:  9
5.   Text:  Virginia, New York  (North Carolina, Rhode
6.   ArtI, Section 2, Clause 3:  Every 10 years
7.   3/5
8.   Article I, Section 2, Clause 5:  House of
9.   Article I, Section 3, Clause 6:  Senate
10.  Article I, Section 3, Clause 6:  Chief Justice of
     the Supreme Court
11.  Article I, Section 3, Clause 2:  rebellion or
12.  Article i, Section 10: no treaties, no coining of
     money, etc.
13.  Article I, Section 9, Clause 7; Section 7, Clause
     3:  impeachment; amount of money to run
     government; 2/3 vote overrules veto, etc.
14.  Article II, Section 2
15.  Article II, Section 2, Clause 5:  President
16.  Article II, Section 2:  Military, treaties &
     appointments, filling vacancies
17.  Article III, Section 1:  Congress (Legislature)
18.  Article I, Section 3, Clause 4:  President of the
19.  Article IV, Section 4:  republican form of
20.  Article II, Section 3:  treason
21.  Article II, Section 3, Clause 2:  2 witnesses to
     same act or a confession in public court
22.  Article VI, Section 2:  federal laws are the
     supreme law of the land
23.  Article VI, Section 3:  there shall be no test
24.  Article V:  2/3 of both houses, 2/3 of the state
25.  Article V:  No; no; no
26.  Bill of Rights
27.  Religion, speech, press, assembly, redress of
28.  To keep and bear arms; no quartering of troops,
     freedom from search and seizure, double jeopardy,
     trial by jury, speedy trial, no cruel or unusual
29.  Powers not delegated to the U.S. nor prohibited
     too the states, are reserved to the states.
30.  16
31.  1920
32.  Text:  Suffragettes
33.  Section 3:  Vice President Elect
34.  21 repeals 18
35.  Amendment 27: Compensation of Legislature
36.  26
37.  Article I, Section 2, Clause 1:  2
38.  Article I, Section 3, Clause 1:  6
39.  Article I, Section 2, Clause 2:  25
40.  Article I, Section 3, Clause 3:  30
41.  Article II, Section 1, Clause 5:  35
42.  13; 14; 5; 15
43.  Punishment for crime, after conviction
44.  President Pro-Tem of the Senate; Speaker of the
     House of Representatives
45.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 3:  Congress


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