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Top 10 Citizenship Questions Most Americans Would Fail

by ncoles   June 01, 2011 at 7:00AM  |  Views: 5,481

5. What is the “rule of law”

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Answer: Everyone must follow the law. (Duh!)

This is a simple one, so it’s surprising how many people get it wrong. When most people hear the answer, they kick themselves for overthinking the question. John Adams, the second President of the United States, is responsible for crafting the section of the Constitution that outlines the “rule of law.” Adams writes, “No person or group is above the law.” The rule of law “helps to make sure that government protects all people equally and does not violate the rights of certain people.”

4. How Many Amendments Does the Constitution have?

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Answer: 27

The first amendments to the Constitution took place in 1791 when the Bill of Rights was added. This consisted of 10 amendments that outlined the individual rights of people. It is a list of all the things the government can’t do. Some of these rights include freedom of expression, the right to bear arms, freedom from search without a warrant, and the right to a trial by a jury of your peers. Since the Bill of Rights, 17 further amendments have been made. The 27th amendment was added in 1992 and explains how senators and representatives are paid.

3. The House of Representatives has How Many Voting Members?

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Answer: 435

The House of Representative has had 435 voting members since 1912. The House also contains six non-voting remember who represent (or don’t) the District of Columbia and the territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

While the number of representative in the house cannot change, the number of representatives in each state can. Representation in the house is based on population and is one of the reasons a census is conducted every ten years. No matter what, each state must have at least one representative.

2. Name One of the Writers of the Federalist Papers

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Answer: James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay or Publius

The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 essays written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay under the pseudonym “Publius” in 1787 and 1788. They were published in New York newspapers during the time New York State was deciding whether or not to support the U.S. Constitution. The essays made the case as to why New York should ratify the Constitution. All the essays were combined and published into a book in 1788 called The Federalist Papers. This book is still read by people to help them understand the Constitution.

1. What Year was the Constitution Written?

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Answer: 1787

Yes, the United States Constitution was written in 1787 by the Founding Fathers of the United States. James Madison, who would later become the fourth president of the United States, is credited with writing the bulk of the document.

The Constitution is short and outlines the “supreme law of the land.” It sets up the system of government known as “representative democracy” and lists fundamental rights all citizens and people living in the United States must have. The U.S. Constitution has lasted longer than any other country’s constitution. It’s sad that some 70 percent of American polled by Newsweek magazine didn’t know diddly-squat about it.

THE DAILY FOUR

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