September 17, 2010 by Chip Wood
Today is Constitution Day — a day specifically designated by an Act of Congress when Americans are supposed to honor the remarkable document that created our system of government. The date was chosen because the Constitution was approved at the original Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787.
The act that created Constitution Day mandates that all publicly-funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. Let’s see how well the schools have done their job.
Ask a recent high school or college graduate to take the following brief quiz. I’ll be interested to hear how many of the 20 questions he or she answers correctly.
And be sure to take the quiz yourself. Even if you score 100 percent, it’s good to be reminded of some of the fundamental principles upon which our country was founded. The quiz was compiled by an old friend, John McManus, who is president of the John Birch Society. Thanks, John, for permission to share this with my readers today.
- Has the Constitution always guided our country?
- What are the three branches of government named in the Constitution?
- Does the Constitution allow the Supreme Court to make law?
- Does the Constitution empower the President to make law?
- Does the Constitution give the Federal government any power in the field of education?
- Where in the Constitution is there authorization to dispense foreign aid?
- Did the Constitution give the Federal government power to create a bank?
- Can the provisions of a treaty supersede the Constitution?
- Does the Constitution allow a President to take the nation into war?
- Can you name any of the four crimes mentioned in the Constitution?
- Should the Bill of Rights be considered part of the original Constitution?
- According to the Constitution, how can a President and other national officers be removed from office?
- How many amendments have been added to the Constitution?
- How is an amendment added to the Constitution?
- Does the Constitution say anything about illegal immigration?
- Is the term of a President limited by the Constitution?
- Which part of the Federal government holds “the power of the purse”?
- Does the Constitution provide a method for expelling a member of Congress?
- How many times is the word “democracy” mentioned in the Constitution?
- Does the Bill of Rights grant the people free speech, freedom of the press, the right to possess a weapon, etc?