How Much Do You Remember About High School Civics Class?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
How Much Do You Remember About High School Civics Class?
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About This Quiz

Were you terrible at math? Horrible in physics? Maybe you were much better in high school civics, which reviews many of the fundamental building blocks of the country. Can you pass our basic civics test?
After election, how long does the U.S. president serve?
2 years
4 years
American presidents are elected to four-year terms. Some presidents spend much of that time simply campaigning for re-election.
for as long as he maintains his bloody grip on power

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Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
Arizona
Alaska
New York
The Statue of Liberty is located on Ellis Island in New York City. Each year, millions of people behold the statue, which is one of America's most enduring icons of freedom.

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Who is the "father" of America?
Benjamin Franklin
George Washington
George Washington surmounted all odds in leading his army to victory over the British in the Revolution. Then he served two terms as the country's first president -- he is indeed the "father" of the nation.
Donald Trump

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What's the name of America's national anthem?
"Specious Skies"
"O, Canada"
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Sure, no one can sing it, but it's funny to watch people try. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem.

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How many constitutional amendments are there?
3
27
As of 2017, there are 27 Amendments to the Constitution. The Amendments are a vital way for the government to shift the Constitution as American society changes.
666

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Presidents can serve a maximum of _____ terms in office.
2
The World War II icon Franklin Roosevelt is America's only three-consecutive-term president. After his reign, a two-term limit was implemented.
3
8

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Which ocean borders the east coast of Florida?
Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean borders the east coast of the United States, including Florida. The west coast, of course, features the Pacific Ocean.
Indian Ocean
North Sea

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How long does a senator serve after being elected?
18 months
6 years
Senators are elected to six-year terms. Elections are staggered so that roughly one-third of the Senate is up for re-election during a given year.
indefinitely

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What's the name we use for the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?
Bill of Rights
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. The bill clarifies some of the most vital rights of American citizens.
Bill of Wrongs
Manifest Destiny

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How many branches are there in the federal government?
3
There are three branches of the federal government: executive, judicial and legislative. Thanks to the office of the president, the executive branch is the most visible … and likely the most powerful.
9
12

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If the president can no longer serve his term, who takes his place?
his chief of staff
Speaker of the House
the vice president
Vice presidents are known mostly for doing nothing. But once in a while, either by assassination, disease, or some other emergency, the V.P. must step into the top spot and become president.

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The American flag features how many stars?
13
50
The flag features 50 white stars. They represent each of the 50 states in the Union.
666

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Members of the House of Representatives serve terms of what length?
2 years
Members of the House serve short terms of just two years. The House features representatives from all 50 states
8 years
12 years

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Who was president during World War I?
Lyndon Johnson
Woodrow Wilson
Wilson campaigned for president on an isolationist agenda meant to protect America from war. But once he got into office, he immediately set about sending troops to World War I.
Ulysses Grant

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The American Civil War was fought between the Union and _____.
Mexico
Planet X
Confederacy
In the 1860s, the South seceded from the Union and formed the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln immediately decided that the North would fight to preserve the Union.

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Which of the following rights or freedoms is clarified by the First Amendment?
right to religious freedom
The First Amendment clarifies freedom of speech, religion, the right to assemble and the right to petition the government with grievances.
right to bear arms
right to arm bears

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What are the two most active political parties in America?
Republican and Green
Democratic and Republican
For decades, the Democratic and Republican parties have dominated American politics. Third parties come and go, but none so far have cracked the system.
Democratic and Jedi

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When does America celebrate Independence Day?
December 25
November 26
July 4
On July 4 of each year, Americans celebrate Independence Day, often simply called the Fourth of July. It recognizes the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

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Which document officially ended the relationship between American colonies and Britain?
Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence insisted -- politely, we might add -- that Britain could, like, kindly go away, if that's OK. But the king responded with death threats, and the Revolution took hold.
U.S. Constitution
Bill of Rights

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What is the capital of the United States?
New York
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the country. As such, it is the workplace of the most powerful people on the planet not named Vladimir Putin.
Seattle

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Which "Purchase" doubled the size of the United States?
Louisiana Purchase
In 1803, the United States set out to buy the land around New Orleans for strategic and economic purposes. In a pleasant surprise, they wound up with the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the country's size for the measly price of $15 million.
Texas Purchase
Alaska Purchase

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When are American men required to register for Selective Service?
age 16
age 18
When they turn 18, men are required to register for the Selective Service. In the event of a draft, the government uses the Selective Service to conscript men for duty.
age 22

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Name one U.S. state that borders Mexico.
Utah
Arizona
Four states border Mexico. They are California, New Mexico, Texas … and Arizona.
Iowa

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How many voting members are there in the House of Representatives?
29
100
435
There are 435 voting members in the House. Each state has a certain number of representatives based on population numbers.

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Thomas Jefferson is best known for writing which document?
Declaration of Independence
Jefferson wielded a mighty pen -- he wrote the Declaration that severed ties with Britain. Later, he became president.
U.S. Constitution
Bill of Rights

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What's the purpose of the president's cabinet?
to protect a big red button
to advise him/her
The president's cabinet is the circle of advisers who offer insights on daily decision making. A good cabinet can save a presidency; a bad one can result in a scandal of Watergate proportions.
to hold his/her prescription medicine

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How many U.S. senators are there?
100
There are two senators per state. Seeing as how there are 50 states, there are 100 senators serving in Washington.
25
8

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The "New Deal" was a program designed to tackle which immense problem?
the Cold War
the Great Depression
Franklin Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression, the worst economic problem in history. His New Deal implemented a flurry of policies meant to turn the tide.
World War I

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Which president signed the Emancipation Proclamation?
Thomas Jefferson
Theodore Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln
As the Civil War raged, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which (on paper) freed all slaves. But there was still the small detail of defeating the Confederacy.

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How many justices serve on the Supreme Court?
1
9
There are nine justices serving on the Supreme Court. These men and women wield incredible power in shaping the laws of the land.
22

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