The Constitutional amendments are just as important as the Constitution itself! In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of these vital amendments to see just how much you understand about the U.S. government. After that, you can think of some amendments of your own!
The 22nd Amendment states that a president can hold office for only two terms. This amendment was ratified in 1951.
According to the 24th Amendment, you can't have your voting rights taken away for not paying taxes. This happened in 1964.
The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. These are part of the foundation of our country!
The First Amendment is the most complicated. It has inner amendments concerning religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This took effect in 1791.
The Bill of Rights is on display at the National Archives. You can go and see it for yourself!
There are a total of 27 amendments. The last one was ratified in 1992.
Every amendment is first proposed, and then passed some years later if an agreement can be reached. The length of time varies.
The 7th Amendment allows you the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases. This is according to common law.
The First through the Tenth Amendments were proposed in 1789 and then passed in 1791. Government did a lot of work around that time!
The 12th Amendment was passed in 1804. it clarifies the procedure for electing presidents.
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery! This followed the Civil War.
The 15th Amendment guarantees that no citizen will be denied the right to vote based on their race, color or previous servitude. This was passed in 1870.
The 18th amendment banned booze production and sale in America. This took place in 1919. It didn't last long.
In 1920 the 19th Amendment was passed, which gave women the right to vote. A long time coming!
The 18th Amendment was amended by the 21st Amendment! This took place in 1933. Thank God.
It was in 1971 that the 18-year-olds were granted the right to vote. Any eligible citizen 18 or older was allowed to vote. Before that, voters were required to be at least 21.
Article Five of the Constitution outlines how to amend the Constitution. Clearly, amendments were anticipated.
For an amendment to become law, it must pass a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and the Senate. This is rare.
State legislatures can come together to create an amendment. This is called an Article V Convention.
The Second Amendment grants the right to bear arms. This can be done for one's protection or to form a militia.
Cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited under the Eighth Amendment. It also forbids excessive bails and fines.
The citizenship clause is part of the 14th Amendment. It also includes clauses pertaining to former slaves.
The 20th Amendment is also known as the Lame Duck Amendment. it states that the president begins his job on January 20th.
1992 was the year of the 27th Amendment. It pertains to Congressional salary.
The First Amendment protects the right to petition the government - along with the freedom of speech, press and religion.
Citizens wouldn't be obligated to quarter soldiers in peace time. That basically means that they wouldn't have to house them.
The Fifth Amendment protects citizens from facing double jeopardy. It also protects them from self-incrimination.
The 16th Amendment states that the U.S. government can tax us. Fantastic.
The 11th keeps states immune from suits by out-of-state citizens. This amendment was ratified in 1795.
The election of senators by popular vote was outlined in the 17th Amendment. This took place in 1913.
Washington, D.C., was granted votes in the Electoral College in 1961. This is still based on their population, which is less than any state. It's spelled out in the 23rd Amendment!
The Fourth Amendment addresses search warrants. It prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
The Founding Fathers believed in the Bill of Rights because they wanted to limit the power of government.
Apparently, if your suit exceeded $20 - in federal court - then you could have a jury trial. $20 was a lot back then!
All of the Constitutional amendments are important! They're the foundation of our country.