Tomorrow is Constitution Day, marking the 218th anniversary of the signing of the document that lays out the basic laws of the United States. But fess up: Maybe you don't know as much about it as you should. Take our Constitution Day quiz and see how you do. (Then give it to Mom and Dad and see how they do!)
1. The beginning words of the Constitution are:
a. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . . "
b. "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union . . . "
c. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America . . . "
2. The first 10 amendments (or changes) to the Constitution have a special name. They are called:
a. The Bill of Rights.
b. The Top 10 Laws.
c. The Equal Rights Amendments.
3. The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the freedom of the press. That means:
a. Newspapers must be given away free.
b. Newspaper reporters must work for free.
c. Newspapers can publish without government interference.
4. The Eighth Amendment says that Americans should not be given "cruel and unusual punishments" for crimes. That means:
a. Your parents can't take away your Game Boy for a bad report card.
b. You can't be put in jail for life for breaking a minor traffic law.
c. Your teacher can't make you do schoolwork over the summer.
5. The Second Amendment guarantees people the right to "bear arms." That means:
a. You can wear a sleeveless T-shirt, even when it's cold outside.
b. The government can't do anything to hurt animal appendages.
c. The people have the right to keep weapons.
Answers: 1-b; 2-a; 3-c; 4-b; 5-c.
To find out more about the Constitution (and to take another fun quiz) go to www.constitutioncenter.org/explore/ForKids.