Quiz: Do You Know the Constitutional Amendments?
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Do You Know the Constitutional Amendments?
By: Annette
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About This Quiz

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!

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The 22nd Amendment states that a president can hold office for how many terms?
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The 22nd Amendment states that a president can hold office for only two terms. This amendment was ratified in 1951.

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You can't have your voting rights removed for _____ ?

According to the 24th Amendment, you can't have your voting rights taken away for not paying taxes. This happened in 1964.

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The first ten amendments are known as what?

The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. These are part of the foundation of our country!

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What is the most complicated amendment?

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.

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Where can you find the Bill of Rights today?

The Bill of Rights is on display at the National Archives. You can go and see it for yourself!

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How many amendments are there?

There are a total of 27 amendments. The last one was ratified in 1992.

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When an amendment is proposed, it may be passed when?

Every amendment is first proposed, and then passed some years later if an agreement can be reached. The length of time varies.

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Per the 7th Amendment, you are allowed a trial by jury in certain _________.

The 7th Amendment allows you the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases. This is according to common law.

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Which is true about the First through Tenth Amendments?

The First through the Tenth Amendments were proposed in 1789 and then passed in 1791. Government did a lot of work around that time!

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The 12th Amendment addresses what?

The 12th Amendment was passed in 1804. it clarifies the procedure for electing presidents.

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What did a famous 1865 amendment do, regarding slavery?

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery! This followed the Civil War.

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The 15th Amendment prohibits the denial of the right to vote based on what?

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.

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Was there an amendment where booze was made illegal?

The 18th amendment banned booze production and sale in America. This took place in 1919. It didn't last long.

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In what year was there an amendment regarding women's voting rights?

In 1920 the 19th Amendment was passed, which gave women the right to vote. A long time coming!

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When was the 18th Amendment, regarding booze, repealed?

The 18th Amendment was amended by the 21st Amendment! This took place in 1933. Thank God.

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When did the amendment that lowered the voting age to 18 take effect?

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.

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Which article of the Constitution details the procedure for amending the Constitution?

Article Five of the Constitution outlines how to amend the Constitution. Clearly, amendments were anticipated.

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For an amendment to be official, it must pass a majority ___ vote in the House and Senate.

For an amendment to become law, it must pass a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and the Senate. This is rare.

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An amendment can also be passed by whom?

State legislatures can come together to create an amendment. This is called an Article V Convention.

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Which amendment grants the right to bear arms?

The Second Amendment grants the right to bear arms. This can be done for one's protection or to form a militia.

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The Eighth Amendment prohibits punishment that is unusual and ______?

Cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited under the Eighth Amendment. It also forbids excessive bails and fines.

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The 14th Amendment details the equal protection clause, the due process clause, and the ______ clause.

The citizenship clause is part of the 14th Amendment. It also includes clauses pertaining to former slaves.

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The 20th Amendment, dealing with term starts for government officials, is also known as what?

The 20th Amendment is also known as the Lame Duck Amendment. it states that the president begins his job on January 20th.

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In what year was the last amendment ratified?

1992 was the year of the 27th Amendment. It pertains to Congressional salary.

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The First Amendment protects the right to _________ the government.

The First Amendment protects the right to petition the government - along with the freedom of speech, press and religion.

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Per the Third Amendment, citizens wouldn't have to _______ soldiers during peace time.

Citizens wouldn't be obligated to quarter soldiers in peace time. That basically means that they wouldn't have to house them.

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The Fifth Amendment protects citizens from facing double jeopardy. It also protects them from self-incrimination.

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When did the U.S. government get the right to tax our income?

The 16th Amendment states that the U.S. government can tax us. Fantastic.

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The Eleventh Amendment makes states immune from what?

The 11th keeps states immune from suits by out-of-state citizens. This amendment was ratified in 1795.

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The 17th established the direct election of United States senators by ______ vote.

The election of senators by popular vote was outlined in the 17th Amendment. This took place in 1913.

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D.C. got Electoral votes in what year?

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!

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Which amendment addresses search warrants?

The Fourth Amendment addresses search warrants. It prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

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The Bill of Rights was set forth by whom?

The Founding Fathers believed in the Bill of Rights because they wanted to limit the power of government.

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The Seventh Amendment says that people have the right to a jury trial in civil suits exceeding how much money?

Apparently, if your suit exceeded $20 - in federal court - then you could have a jury trial. $20 was a lot back then!

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What is the most important Constitutional amendment?

All of the Constitutional amendments are important! They're the foundation of our country.

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