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The Constitution & The Bill of Rights

Constitutional Quiz Previous
Digital History ID 3246



Based on questions asked during the Constitution's bicentennial in 1987.

True or false: Each of the 13 original states was represented at the Constitutional Convention?
False: Rhode Island refused to attend.

True or false: All 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution.
False: Five delegates refused to sign.

True or false: The Constitution signed in 1787 contained the Bill of Rights.
False: The Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791.

True or false: The original 13 states were required to ratify the Constitution.
False: Only nine of the 13 states were required to ratify the Constitution.

Questions asked in a 1985 poll by the Hearst Corporation

1. In 1787, the founding fathers opened a convention in Philadelphia to write a constitution for the following purpose:

a. To declare independence from England
b. To create a federal government and define its powers
c. To establish the 13 original states

2. The Bill of Rights is

a. Contained in thePreamble to the Constitution
b. Article I of the original Constitution
c. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution

3. Constitutional amendments take effect only after they have been ratified by:

a. three-fourths of the states.
b. two-thirds of the states.
c. all of the states.

4. How many amendments to the Constitution have been ratified?

a. 11
b. 27
c. 34

5. The Constitution may be suspended by the president in time of national emergency.

True or false?

6. Under the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, a person accused of a crime must be provided with a lawyer if he or she cannot pay for one.

True or false?

7. The Constitution does not guarantee trial by jury.

True or false?

8. Only a person born in the United States may be elected president.

True or false?

9. The presidential candidate who gets the most votes in a popular election automatically becomes president.

True or false?

10. The constitution prevents a community from imposing religious requirements as a qualification for running for public office.

True or false?

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