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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!
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?
The Bill of Rights has always been part of the Constitution.
False: The Bill of Rights was added in 1791 and it includes the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
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.
The Constitution was written at an Iggy Azalea concert.
False: Iggy isn’t that old! The Constitution was written in secret in Pennsylvania 227 years ago.
The US Post Office has made four stamps that feature Alexander Hamilton.
True: It is a big deal to have one stamp but four is crazy!
The U.S. Constitution protects the people in America from anyone who violates their civil liberties.
False: The Constitution protects the people from our government. It stops our government from becoming too powerful and doing things that violate the rights of the people.
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.
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.
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.
An amendment is a fancy word that means "change."
True: The Amendments to the Constitution are all changes or additions. Did you know that people have suggested over 11,000 amendments to the Constitution but only 27 have been approved? Good thing too - imagine being tested on 11,000 changes to the Constitution.
The Constitution is an app.
False: If you had to think about this one you need to start studying!
The Constitution established that all US citizens can vote.
False: The Constitution did not spell out who can vote. That’s one of the reasons it took years of struggle for Blacks, women, Native Americans, and many others to be able to exercise their right to vote. People are still fighting for the right to vote to this day! Of course, kids under 18 still can’t vote.
Changing the U.S. Constitution is as simple as writing a letter to the President.
False: The President does not have the power to amend the Constitution. Changing the Constitution can be a long and difficult process that is usually unsuccessful. If you think Flappy Bird is hard, try amending the Constitution.
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.
When the delegates signed the Constitution they were in the largest city of all the colonies.
True: At the time, Philadelphia was the largest city with about 40,000 people. Today, over 1.5 Million people live in Philadelphia.
Because of its age, the Constitution is no longer as important as it was when it went into effect in 1789.
False: The Constitution is as important now as it was back then! Every day, things happen in the courts, government or schools that could threaten your rights. If you don't know what your rights are, how can you stop someone from taking advantage of you?
The US Constitution is the youngest national Constitution in the whole world.
False: Actually, even though the U.S. is a young nation, it has the oldest and shortest Constitution of any nation on earth. We can’t say for sure it’s the oldest in our galaxy, but as far as we know, it is.
The First amendment guarantees you the freedom of speech, and that means you can say whatever you want, whenever you want.
False: You do have the freedom of speech, BUT there are some limits. For example, you can't use bad words in class to disrupt class lessons. Also, you probably shouldn't tell Ms. Smith about that hairy mole on her nose, but you can organize a group of your friends together to talk to the Principal about Mr. Matthews sleeping during class.
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.