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Question #1

The Constitution affects everyone in the U.S. even students like you.

True: Everyone in the U.S. is affected by the Constitution every single day of their lives. Did you know that the ramps at sidewalk intersections are there because of the Constitution? How else would disabled children get to school or other places?

Question #2

The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution are known as The Rights of Bill.

False: Close! They are known as the Bill of Rights and they were all added at the same time, three years after the Constitution was approved. You read this question too fast, we said Rights of Bill!

Question #3

The President has to be at least 35 years old and have lived in the U.S. for 14 years.

True: The youngest President however, was 42 years old. That sounds old to you now, but time flies when you are young. When the school day starts to feel long, then you're getting old.

Question #4

About half of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention at one time owned slaves.

True: Talk about irony: writing a document about freedom while having slaves. Slavery was hotly debated during the Constitutional Convention. In 1865, the 13th amendment finally abolished slavery.

Question #5

Since the Constitution was first signed, Congress has passed 33 amendments, but only 27 of these have been ratified by the states.

True: We only have 27 amendments to the Constitution. That means even though Congress would have made 33 changes to the Constitution, not enough states agreed on the six that didn’t get ratified.

Question #6

Civil liberties are protections for the people against government actions.

True: Civil liberties are rights that are so important that the Constitution says that the government cannot take those rights away from the people. Remember that the Framers, knowing how people could suffer under a government ruled by a king, wanted to prevent the government from becoming too powerful.

Question #7

Children do not have the same rights as adults.

True: Children don't have all the same rights as adults until they turn 18, like voting, for example. And anyway, if your baby sister, Ticonderoga, who your parents lovingly nicknamed No. 2, could vote, she would probably just drool everywhere.

Question #8

George Washington is the only delegate to have his face on US money.

False: Take at look at your own money! We have several delegates on the bills and coins. Ben Franklin is on the $100 bills. Gee, which bill do you want in your wallet? Think about that...

Question #9

Writing the Constitution as we know it today was not part of the original plan for the Constitutional Convention.

True: Originally, the plan was to make changes to a document called the Articles of Confederation, but after they started making the changes, the Framers decided to write a whole new Constitution.

Question #10

The Bill of Rights isn’t important, that’s why it was a later addition to the Constitution.

False: The Bill of Rights is very important! It protects our individual rights and freedoms. That’s one bill we can’t do without.

Question #11

In 1787, Congress was happy that the delegates had saved them the trouble of having to write the new Constitution.

False: The delegates didn’t have the authority to write a new Constitution! They had been asked to fix the Articles of Confederation. That’s one of the reasons they were so secretive about writing a Constitution.

Question #12

The Constitution set up three parts of the U. S. government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

True: These parts are called branches: the Executive branch is controlled by the President; the Legislative branch is controlled by Congress and the Judicial branch is controlled by the Supreme Court of the United States. This way, America can never have one person controlling the whole country. This is a VERY important part of how the U.S. government functions!

Question #13

Constitution Day is September 17th.

True: Constitution Day is September 17th because it is the anniversary of the day that the Framers signed the Constitution. What a great day for the most important document in American history.

Question #14

The people didn’t get to see the Constitution until it was posted on Facebook.

False: The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser published a copy of the Constitution on September 19, 1787—two days after it was signed. Come to think of it, newspapers were the closest things to Facebook back then.

Question #15

Thomas Jefferson signed the Constitution.

False: He was in France as the American minister when the Constitution was signed. Do you know which founding document Thomas Jefferson wrote and signed? HINT: It’s the document most often confused with the Constitution!

Question #16

The Constitution is the highest law of the land.

True: In America, federal and state judges must uphold the Constitution, and the rest of us better as well.

Question #17

No one in the country even knew about the new Constitution until after it was signed by the delegates.

True: People in Philadelphia found out that a new Constitution had been written when it was published on September 19, 1787 – two days after it was signed!

Question #18

All of our Presidents in the U.S. have been U.S. born citizens.

False: The first U.S. born citizen to become President was Martin Van Buren, the 8th President; he was born after the American Revolution. The first seven Presidents before Van Buren and the 9th President were all originally "British subjects" before the revolution.

Question #19

You have to be a citizen to go to school in America.

False: Any child living in America has the right to attend grade school. Feel free to do some extra homework and tests too, if you like.

Question #20

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are just suggestions.

False: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are much more than a suggestion; they are the highest laws that guarantee our personal freedoms.