How Much Do You Know About U.S. Government?


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It can seem complicated, but U.S. government is organized according to specific laws. In this quiz, we'll tackle the basics of civics. It's so important to know in order to be a smart American! You've got this - we promise.

Which of these is a third party?

These are all third parties in America. The main parties are the Democrats and the Republicans.

Which party became the Republican Party?

Some former Whigs became the first Republicans. The Whigs were originally formed in 1834 to oppose President Andrew Jackson.

The government has a written ________?

Our government has a written Constitution. It is only 4,400 words in length, making it the shortest in the world.

America has a _____ party system.

America has a two-party system. This is comprised of the Democrats and the Republicans.

Independence Day celebrates our independence from whom?

Independence Day is July 4th, and it celebrates our independence from England. This took place in 1776.

Which of these is true about the Constitution?

The Constitution can actually be changed and amended, making it a living document​. The process of amendment is quite long and arduous, however.

How many branches of government are there?

There are three branches of government. These are the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

Which branch of government does Congress fall under?

Congress falls under the legislative branch of government. The president falls under the executive branch.

How many houses are in Congress?

There are two houses in Congress. These are the Senate and the House of Representatives.

What branch includes the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court is part of the judicial branch. All federal courts are part of this branch as well.

Who meets in the U.S. Capitol Building?

The Capital Building is the seat of the Congress. Both houses of Congress meet here and have their offices nearby.

The Constitution is built on how many basic principles?

The Constitution is built on six main principles. These are deeply ingrained in all aspects of our government.

What do the stripes on our flag represent?

The stripes of our flag represent the 13 original colonies of America. The stars represent the 50 current states.

How many amendments to the Constitution are there?

There are 27 amendments to our constitution. The original amendments are known as the Bill of Rights.

Who elects the Congress?

The citizens of the United States elect the members of Congress. The president is elected by the citizens as well, with some offset by the Electoral College.

How many senators are in Congress?

There are 100 senators in Congress. Two senators represent each state.

How many Supreme Court justices are there?

There are nine Supreme Court justices. The president appoints them when a place is open.

What is the introduction to the Constitution called?

The forward to the Constitution is known as the Preamble. This was written in 1787.

How many years does a president serve in one term?

One term for a president is four years. A president is allowed to serve two terms.

Who makes sure laws are carried out?

The executive branch, headed by the president, is in charge of making sure that laws are carried out. Congress legislates these laws.

How many years does a senator serve?

A senator serves for six years. There are no term limits.

Along with the president, who is in the executive branch?

The president and his Cabinet make up the executive branch. The Cabinet advises the president.

Who is the head of the military?

The president is the head of the military. That's why they call him/her the Commander in Chief.

Who decides how many Supreme Court justices there are?

Congress decides how many Supreme Court justices there are. They happen to like the number nine!

The judicial branch uses the _______ to interpret things.

When making a judgement, the Supreme Court uses the Constitution to determine what they should do.

Who wants unlimited market?

Republicans are in favor of unlimited market. They also believe in lowering taxes.

Can the president fire a congressman?

No, the president cannot fire a congressman. The people decide whether or not to reelect them.

In order to vote, you must do what?

You may align yourself with one party when you register, or you may choose to remain independent.

Senators have to be at least how old?

Senators need to be at least 30 years old in order to be elected. They also must be U.S. citizens for at least nine years.

How many people are in the House of Representatives?

There are 435 voting members in the House. Each of these members serves a two-year term.

Who is the executive of a state government?

Governors are the state executive heads. They are the state equivalent of the nation's president.

What does bicameral mean?

Bicameral means two branches. Our Congress is bicameral, with the Senate and the House.

How many terms can Senators and Representatives serve?

Senators and Representatives can serve for as many terms as they like. But they must get reelected!

Who was the founder of the Democratic​ Party?

Andrew Jackson was the founder of the Democratic Party. Democrats believe in higher taxation and more services for the people.

Our Senate is similar to the British ______?

Our Senate is somewhat similar to the British House of Lords. But we don't get to were the funny wigs!

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