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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase from the US Constitution.
False: Wrong document. There is SO much confusion with another historical document. Do you know which one? HINT: This phrase is in a document that is a declaration, not a constitution.
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.
In America, everyone has the freedom not to pray.
True: The first Amendment guarantees the right to pray and the right not to pray. So it's up to you to pray or not pray when you're in school, but the school can't force you to pray and, as long as you are not disturbing class time, your school can't stop you from praying either.
The Constitution protects your friends and enemies equally.
True: Even though you might not like someone, he or she still gets the same rights as you! This is a good thing.
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?
At 16, Benjamin Franklin faked being a 40-year-old widow.
True: Franklin pretended to be an older woman so that his articles could get published in a newspaper. Talk about being a rebellious teen.
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.
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!
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 is an app.
False: If you had to think about this one you need to start studying!
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution both do pretty much the same thing for the United States.
False: The Declaration of Independence explains why the U.S. told Britain to back off. The Constitution explains how the United States government would work.
Each branch of the American government can work independently of the other two branches.
False: Each branch is supervised by the remaining two; this is called a "check and balance" system. For example, Congress can pass a law, but the Supreme Court can declare the law unconstitutional and Supreme Court judges are appointed by the President. Think of your school's safety patrols: the patrols tell you where it's safe to cross the street; a patrol supervisor can change where students can cross the street and patrol supervisors are chosen by the principal.
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.
George Washington was really pumped about becoming the first president.
False: Washington was not looking forward to being President at all. Wouldn’t you be nervous to become the first president ever of a new country?