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Unit 1: Welcome to the United States

  1. What is the capital of the United States?
  2. What is the capital of your state?
  3. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
  4. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
  5. Name one state that borders Canada.
  6. Name one state that borders Mexico.
  7. Name one U.S. territory.
  8. Why does the flag have 50 stars?
  9. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
  10. Where is the Statue of Liberty?

Unit 2: Early America and the Declaration of Independence

  1. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
  2. Name on American Indian tribe of the United States.
  3. What is one reason colonists came to America?
  4. There were 13 original states. Name three.
  5. Why did the colonists fight the British?
  6. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  7. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
  8. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
  9. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  10. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

Unit 3: The U.S. Constitution

  1. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
  2. When was the Constitution written?
  3. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
  4. What does the Constitution do?
  5. What is the supreme law of the land?
  6. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
  7. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
  8. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
  9. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
  10. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?

Unit 4: Three Branches of Government

  1. Name one branch or part of the government.
  2. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
  3. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
  4. Who makes federal laws?
  5. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
  6. Who signs bills to become laws?
  7. Who vetoes bills?
  8. What does the judicial branch do?
  9. What is the highest court in the United States?
  10. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

Unit 5: A Representative Government

  1. How many U.S. Senators are there?
  2. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
  3. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
  4. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
  5. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
  6. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
  7. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
  8. We elect a President for how many years?
  9. What does the President's Cabinet do?
  10. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
  11. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  12. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

Unit 6: Your Government Today

  1. In what month do we vote for President?
  2. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
  3. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
  4. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
  5. What is the political party of the President now?
  6. Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators?
  7. Name your U.S. Representative.
  8. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
  9. Who is the Governor of your state?
  10. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?

Unit 7: Citizens' Rights and Amendments to the Constitution

  1. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
  2. What is an amendment?
  3. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
  4. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
  5. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
  6. What is freedom of religion?
  7. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
  8. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
  9. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
  10. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?

Unit 8: One Nation or Two? The United States in the 1800s

  1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
  2. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
  3. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
  4. What is the name of the national anthem?
  5. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
  6. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
  7. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
  8. What did the Emancipation Declaration do?

Unit 9: The 1900s, the World Changes

  1. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
  2. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
  3. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
  4. Who was President during World War I?
  5. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
  6. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
  7. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
  8. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
  9. What is the economic system in the United States?
  10. What major event happened on September 11, 2001 in the United States?

Unit 10: Democracy and You

  1. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
  2. What are two rights only for United States citizens?
  3. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
  4. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
  5. What is the “rule of law”?
  6. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
  7. What is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
  8. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
  9. Name two national U.S. holidays.
  10. Who was the first President?


Unit 1: Welcome to the United States

answers

  1. What is the capital of the United States?
    Washington, D.C.

  2. What is the capital of your state?
    The capital of New York is Albany.

  3. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
    Atlantic.

  4. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
    Pacific.

  5. Name one state that borders Canada.
    Alaska.

  6. Name one state that borders Mexico.
    California.

  7. Name one U.S. territory.
    Puerto Rico.

  8. Why does the flag have 50 stars?
    Because there is one star for each state.

  9. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
    Because there were thirteen original colonies.

  10. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
    New York.


Unit 2: Early America and the Declaration of Independence

  1. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
    Native Americans.

  2. Name on American Indian tribe of the United States.
    Pueblo.

  3. What is one reason colonists came to America?
    Freedom.

  4. There were 13 original states. Name three.
    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut.

  5. Why did the colonists fight the British?
    Because of high taxes (taxation without representation).

  6. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
    July 4, 1776.

  7. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
    Declared our independence from Great Britain.

  8. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
    July 4.

  9. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    Thomas Jefferson.

  10. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
    Life and liberty.


Unit 3: The U.S. Constitution

  1. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
    Oldest member of the Constitutional Convention.

  2. When was the Constitution written?
    1787.

  3. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
    The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.

  4. What does the Constitution do?
    Sets up the government.

  5. What is the supreme law of the land?
    The Constitution.

  6. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
    We the People.

  7. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
    James Madison.

  8. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
    George Washington.

  9. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
    To print money.

  10. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
    Schooling and education.


Unit 4: Three Branches of Government

  1. Name one branch or part of the government.
    Legislative, executive, or judicial.

  2. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
    Separation of powers. Also correct:
    Checks and balances.


  3. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
    The Senate and the House of Representatives.

  4. Who makes federal laws?
    Congress.

  5. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
    The President.

  6. Who signs bills to become laws?
    The President.

  7. Who vetoes bills?
    The President.

  8. What does the judicial branch do?
    Reviews laws. Also correct: Decides if a law goes against the Constitution.

  9. What is the highest court in the United States?
    The Supreme Court.

  10. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
    Nine.


Unit 5: A Representative Government

  1. How many U.S. Senators are there?
    One Hundred.

  2. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
    Six.

  3. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
    All people of the state.

  4. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
    Four hundred and thirty five.

  5. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
    Because some states have more people.

  6. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
    Two.

  7. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
    The President.

  8. We elect a President for how many years?
    Four.

  9. What does the President's Cabinet do?
    Advise the President.

  10. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
    Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Education.

  11. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
    The Vice President.

  12. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
    The Speaker of the House.


Unit 6: Your Government Today

  1. In what month do we vote for President?
    November.

  2. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
    Democratic and Republican.

  3. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
    Barack Obama.

  4. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
    Joe Biden.

  5. What is the political party of the President now?
    Democratic.

  6. Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators?
    [For New York the answer is Kirsten Gillibrand or Charles Schumer. Other answers will vary.]

  7. Name your U.S. Representative.
    [Answers will vary. You can identify your U.S. Representative at www.house.gov or by calling the U.S. House of Representatives at (202) 224-3121.]

  8. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
    The Speaker of the House is John Boehner.

  9. Who is the Governor of your state?
    The Governor of New York is Andrew Cuomo.

  10. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
    John Roberts.


Unit 7: Citizens' Rights and Amendments to the Constitution

  1. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
    The Bill of Rights.

  2. What is an amendment?
    A change to the Constitution.

  3. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
    Twenty-seven.

  4. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
    Freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

  5. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
    Freedom of speech.

  6. What is freedom of religion?
    You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

  7. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
    Africans.

  8. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
    Fought for women's rights.

  9. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
    Citizens eighteen and older can vote.

  10. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
    Eighteen and older.


Unit 8: One Nation or Two? The United States in the 1800s

  1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
    The Civil War.

  2. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
    The Louisiana Territory

  3. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
    The Mississippi.

  4. What is the name of the national anthem?
    The Star-Spangled Banner.

  5. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
    Slavery.

  6. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
    The Civil War.

  7. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
    Freed the slaves.

  8. What did the Emancipation Declaration do?
    Freed the slaves.


Unit 9: The 1900s, the World Changes

  1. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
    Civil Rights movement.

  2. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
    Fought for civil rights.

  3. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
    World War I.

  4. Who was President during World War I?
    Woodrow Wilson.

  5. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
    Japan, Germany and Italy.

  6. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
    Franklin Roosevelt.

  7. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
    World War II.

  8. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
    Communism.

  9. What is the economic system in the United States?
    Capitalist economy.

  10. What major event happened on September 11, 2001 in the United States?
    Terrorists attacked the United States.


Unit 10: Democracy and You

  1. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
    Vote and run for office.

  2. What are two rights only for United States citizens?
    Vote and run for office.

  3. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
    Vote.

  4. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
    Obey the laws of the United States.

  5. What is the “rule of law”?
    Everyone must follow the law.

  6. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
    At age 18.

  7. What is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
    April 15.

  8. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
    The flag or the United States.

  9. Name two national U.S. holidays.
    Christmas and New Year's Day.

  10. Who was the first President?
    George Washington.