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Question #1

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 #2

Constitution Day is a new holiday.

It depends on what "new" means to you: Constitution Day is only nine years old and that's new compared to how old the Constitution is. Constitution Day started in 2004 and although you don't get to miss school that day, learning about the Constitution is fun!

Question #3

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 #4

The first people to picket in front of the White House were men.

False: They were all women fighting for the right to vote. Their persistence eventually led to the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920. The right to vote is an important and hard-earned privilege. Which candidate you support is not as important as exercising your right to vote.

Question #5

The reason the Framers set up three branches of the U.S. government is to make it easier for the government to control the people in America.

False: No way! The people in America control the government by voting for the people they want as representatives and by deciding what the government will control.

Question #6

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.

Question #7

The original Constitution was engraved in stone.

False: Jacob Shallus hand wrote the more than 4500 words of the Constitution using a quill pen. Good thing he had pretty good handwriting.

Question #8

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.

Question #9

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 #10

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?

Question #11

The Constitution is not available for public viewing and is kept in secret.

False: Check the schedule first, but you can see all four pages of the Constitution displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. You won't be able to touch it or even breathe on it because it's very fragile -- it's 227 years old.

Question #12

In the United States, we have a federal Constitution and each state has its own constitution.

True: Today all 50 states have their own constitutions, but that wasn’t always the case!

Question #13

The reason the Framers set up three branches of the U.S. government is to make it easier for the government to control the people in America.

False: No way! The people in America control the government by voting for the people they want as representatives and by deciding what the government will control.

Question #14

Every year our nation celebrates Constitution Day on September 17th with a big national party.

False: But we should! Help make Constitution Day a National Holiday. Tell your parents and other adults about our petition to make Constitution Day a holiday. I bet you’d enjoy another day off from school.

Question #15

The Constitution is an app.

False: If you had to think about this one you need to start studying!

Question #16

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.

Question #17

The Constitution is made up of a preamble and seven original articles.

True: Although it was "only" four pages long, each page was 28" X 23". Using today's letter sized paper, each page of the Constitution would have taken up over 7 sheets of paper. That's a total of 29 sheets of paper for the whole Constitution.

Question #18

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 #19

According to the Constitution, the people of the United States elect the President.

False: The President is elected by the Electoral College; each state and the District of Columbia has a certain number of electoral votes and a president needs at least 270 electoral college votes to win. But don’t get this wrong, every person’s vote still counts!

Question #20

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.