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CFIF History & Civics Quiz

In testing your knowledge of U.S. history and civics, click on the buttons (a,b,c or d) below each question for the correct answers. Or, if your browser is not compatible with the quiz links, click on the answer key in the left-hand column.

 (Last Updated October 1, 2003)

  1. What was the source of the following phrase: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people?"

    The speech: "I Have a Dream"

    Declaration of Independence

    U.S. Constitution

    Gettysburg Address

  2. What is the main reason the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America?

    To practice their religion freely

    To make more money and live a better life

    To build a democratic government

    To expand the lands controlled by the king of England

  3. Many people opposed ratification of the Constitution without a bill of rights because they...

    Were afraid the states would be too powerful without a bill of rights

    Thought that a bill of rights would strengthen the President's power

    Did not want the national government to have an army

    Feared that the new national government would deny people their rights

  4. The document that contains the basic rules used to run the United States government is...

    The Declaration of Independence

    Magna Carta

    The Mayflower Compact

    The Constitution

  5. What is the purpose of the Bill of Rights?

    To say how much Americans should pay in taxes

    To protect freedoms like freedom of speech

    To describe the jobs of the President and Congress

    To make Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States

  6. Who is widely considered to be the "Father of the Constitution?"

    George Washington

    Thomas Jefferson

    Benjamin Franklin

    James Madison

  7. What is the President's role in making laws?

    The President can rewrite some parts of the Constitution

    The President can declare laws unconstitutional

    The President can sign congressional bills into law

    The President can remove members of Congress from office

  8. What are the three parts of the federal (national) government of the United States?

    Republican, Democrat and Independent

    Legislative, executive and judicial

    Local, state and federal

    State, national and international

  9. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become president. Name one of these requirements.

    Must be at least 34 years of age

    Must have voted in the last three federal elections

    Must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years

    Must be a member of a major political party

  10. How many Representatives are there in Congress?





  11. America declared independence from what country during the Revolutionary War?





  12. How many amendments are there to the Constitution?





  13. And finally, for the 13th question — what is the significance of the number 13 in U.S. History?

    It is the official "lucky" number

    There were 13 Founding Fathers

    The original 13 colonies

    There are 13 amendments in the Bill of Rights

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