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Constitution Quiz

Test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution with these questions, or play a game following the directions below.

Directions:

Designate a moderator to ask the questions. Divide participants into teams of three. Two teams of three participants challenge each other. Each set of teams answers 5 to10 questions and then steps aside for the next round of two teams to play.

Rules:

  • Each team stands behind a table where a bell or buzzer for each team is placed within easy reach of each  member.
  • The team that hits the buzzer first – and has a correct answer – gets a point.
  • If a team member hits the buzzer and has the wrong answer, the other team has the opportunity to provide an answer.
  • If correct, the second team gets a point.
  • If both teams answer incorrectly, the moderator gives the question to the audience.
  • Questions
  • Answers

How well do you know the Constitution? Answer the following questions.

    The U.S. Constitution

  1. Q. What founding document is the Supreme Law of the land?

  2. Q. True or False: The U.S. Constitution is the oldest written national Constitution in existence today?

  3. Q. Can the U.S. Constitution be amended?

  4. Q. How many Amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?

  5. The Bill of Rights

  6. Q. What is the name given to the first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution?

  7. Q. What five freedoms are protected by the First Amendment?

  8. Q. Which Amendment prohibits the government from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures?

  9. Q. "Due process of law" is protected by which Amendment?

  10. Q. The right to keep and bear arms is in which Amendment?

  11. Q. What is "double jeopardy?"

  12. Q. What Amendment prohibits "double jeopardy?"

  13. Q. What Amendment establishes a right to a trial by an impartial jury?

  14. Jury Trials

  15. Q. True or False: If you don’t show up for jury duty when called, you can be arrested.

  16. Q. True or False: In civil or criminal trials, juries decide issues of fact and judges make determinations of law.

  17. Q. What is the phrase that describes the burden of proof in a criminal trial?

  18. Q. What is the phrase that describes the burden of proof in a civil trial?

  19. Separation of Powers

  20. Q. What are the names of the three branches of government in the United States?

  21. Q. What is the job of the Legislative Branch?

  22. Q. How many Houses are in the U.S. Congress?

  23. Q. What are the names of the two Houses of Congress?

  24. Q. Under the U.S. Constitution, what is the job of the Executive Branch?

  25. Q. True or False: In the U.S., the military reports to the President.

  26. Q. What is the name of the President’s closest appointed advisors?

  27. Q. What is the role of the U.S. judiciary (court system)?

  28. The Court System

  29. Q. True of False: The Supreme Court is the only Court explicitly mentioned in the Constitution.

  30. Q. True or False: In the federal court system, there is at least one U.S. District trial court in every state.

  31. Q. True or False: If you are not satisfied with the decision of the trial court, you can take your case to the Court of Appeals in that Circuit.

  32. Q. True or False: The Supreme Court of the United States must hear every case it is asked to hear.

  33. The Supreme Court of the United States

  34. Q. True or False: The Supreme Court of the United States, typically, decides to hear about 100 cases a year.

  35. Q. What is the special title given to judges who serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?

  36. Q. How many justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?

  37. Q. Who is the current Chief Justice of the United States?

  38. Q. Who was the first Chief Justice of the United States?

  39. Q. Who is the only person to serve as President, then Chief Justice of the United States?

  40. Q. Who was the first African American Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court?

  41. Q. Who was the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court?

  42. Q. Out of the nine justices sitting on the Court today, how many are women?

  43. Q. One bonus point for each female justice you can name.

  44. Landmark Supreme Court Cases

  45. Q. What Supreme Court case requires the police to inform suspects of their rights before questioning them when they are in custody?

  46. Q. What Supreme Court case established the precedent that criminal defendants are entitled to a court-appointed lawyer if they can’t pay for one?

  47. Q. What Supreme Court case held that burning the American flag is protected by the U.S. Constitution?

  48. Q. What Supreme Court case held that students do not leave their rights at the schoolhouse door?

  49. Q. What Supreme Court case held that administrators may edit school newspapers?

  50. Q. What Supreme Court case established the doctrine of judicial review?

  51. Q. What is judicial review?

  52. Q. What Supreme Court ruling held that separate schools are not equal?

Check your answers using this key.

    The U.S. Constitution

  1. Q. What founding document is the Supreme Law of the land?
    A. The U.S. Constitution

  2. Q. True or False: The U.S. Constitution is the oldest written national Constitution in existence today?
    A. True

  3. Q. Can the U.S. Constitution be amended?
    A. Yes

  4. Q. How many Amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?
    A. 27

  5. The Bill of Rights

  6. Q. What is the name given to the first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
    A. The Bill of Rights

  7. Q. What five freedoms are protected by the First Amendment?
    A. Speech, Press, Religion, Assembly, and Petition

  8. Q. Which Amendment prohibits the government from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures?
    A. Fourth Amendment

  9. Q. "Due process of law" is protected by which Amendment?
    A. Fifth Amendment (Fourteenth also is acceptable)

  10. Q. The right to keep and bear arms is in which Amendment?
    A. Second Amendment

  11. Q. What is "double jeopardy?"
    A. Being tried twice for the same criminal offense

  12. Q. What Amendment prohibits "double jeopardy?"
    A. Fifth Amendment

  13. Q. What Amendment establishes a right to a trial by an impartial jury?
    A. Sixth Amendment

  14. Jury Trials

  15. Q. True or False: If you don’t show up for jury duty when called, you can be arrested.
    A. True

  16. Q. True or False: In civil or criminal trials, juries decide issues of fact and judges make determinations of law.
    A. True

  17. Q. What is the phrase that describes the burden of proof in a criminal trial?
    A. Beyond a reasonable doubt

  18. Q. What is the phrase that describes the burden of proof in a civil trial?
    A. A preponderance of the evidence (more true than not true)

  19. Separation of Powers

  20. Q. What are the names of the three branches of government in the United States?
    A. The Legislative Branch. The Executive Branch. The Judicial Branch

  21. Q. What is the job of the Legislative Branch?
    A. To make the laws

  22. Q. How many Houses are in the U.S. Congress?
    A. Two

  23. Q. What are the names of the two Houses of Congress?
    A. The House of Representatives and the Senate

  24. Q. Under the U.S. Constitution, what is the job of the Executive Branch?
    A. To enforce the laws

  25. Q. True or False: In the U.S., the military reports to the President.
    A. True

  26. Q. What is the name of the President’s closest appointed advisors?
    A. The Cabinet

  27. Q. What is the role of the U.S. judiciary (court system)?
    A. To interpret the laws

  28. The Court System

  29. Q. True of False: The Supreme Court is the only Court explicitly mentioned in the Constitution.
    A. True (Article III, Section 1)

  30. Q. True or False: In the federal court system, there is at least one U.S. District trial court in every state.
    A. True

  31. Q. True or False: If you are not satisfied with the decision of the trial court, you can take your case to the Court of Appeals in that Circuit.
    A. True

  32. Q. True or False: The Supreme Court of the United States must hear every case it is asked to hear.
    A. False. The Court decides, by voting, which cases it will hear.

  33. The Supreme Court of the United States

  34. Q. True or False: The Supreme Court of the United States, typically, decides to hear about 100 cases a year.
    A. True

  35. Q. What is the special title given to judges who serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
    A. Justices

  36. Q. How many justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
    A. Nine

  37. Q. Who is the current Chief Justice of the United States?
    A. Chief Justice John Roberts

  38. Q. Who was the first Chief Justice of the United States?
    A. Chief Justice John Jay

  39. Q. Who is the only person to serve as President, then Chief Justice of the United States?
    A. William Howard Taft

  40. Q. Who was the first African American Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court?
    A. Justice Thurgood Marshall

  41. Q. Who was the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court?
    A. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

  42. Q. Out of the nine justices sitting on the Court today, how many are women?
    A. Three

  43. Q. One bonus point for each female justice you can name.
    A. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Justice Elena Kagan

  44. Landmark Supreme Court Cases

  45. Q. What Supreme Court case requires the police to inform suspects of their rights before questioning them when they are in custody?
    A. Miranda v. Arizona

  46. Q. What Supreme Court case established the precedent that criminal defendants are entitled to a court-appointed lawyer if they can’t pay for one?
    A. Gideon v. Wainwright

  47. Q. What Supreme Court case held that burning the American flag is protected by the U.S. Constitution?
    A. Texas v. Johnson

  48. Q. What Supreme Court case held that students do not leave their rights at the schoolhouse door?
    A. Tinker v. Des Moines

  49. Q. What Supreme Court case held that administrators may edit school newspapers?
    A. Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier

  50. Q. What Supreme Court case established the doctrine of judicial review?
    A. Marbury v. Madison

  51. Q. What is judicial review?
    A. The authority of federal courts to declare legislative and executive actions unconstitutional.

  52. Q. What Supreme Court ruling held that separate schools are not equal?
    A. Brown v. Board of Education