Each year on September 17th we celebrate Constitution Day which is a celebration of the signing of the US constitution in 1787. In case you missed it last year- here is some basic information on the Constitution!!
Since its inception it has been amended 27 times which roughly balances out to an amendment every 8.4 years.
The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights and address two major concerns of the founding fathers; protecting individual freedom and the balance of power between the states, federal government, and the people. The Bill of Rights was added into the constitution in 1791 and cover important subjects such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The amendments that follow in the constitution range a variety of subjects; including voting rights, prohibition and the ratification of that amendment, and abolishing slavery.
This year we’ve decided to utilize the great resources from Constitution Facts to come up with our own little Constitution Day Quiz! Test your knowledge about one of the most important documents in US History! (don’t worry answer key is provided below!)
- What was our first constitution called?
- Articles of Confederation
- Declaration of Independence
- Federalist Papers
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Laws for the US are made by:
- Supreme Court
- How many Constitutions has the US had?
- Until the 25th amendment was passed, what happened if a vice president died in office?
- The president appointed a new VP
- There would be a special election for a new VP
- There would be no VP until the next election
- The speaker of the house becomes the president
- Nine states were required to ratify the Constitution- which state was the first and which state was the last to ratify?
- Pennsylvania, Georgia
- Delaware, New Hampshire,
- Massachusetts, Maryland
- Delaware, South Carolina
- A 2. C 3. B 4. C 5. B
Fun fact about the number of Constitution’s we’ve had: The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution and was in effect from 1781 to 1789. In 1789, the second Constitution went into effect after it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.
If you are interested in taking even more quizzes on the Constitution to test your knowledge check out Constitution Facts for plenty of basic and expert level quizzes!
Until next time!