Hillsdale College has a quiz to test how well you know the U.S. Constitution. The short 8-question test is designed by Dr. Larry Arnn.
After you’ve taken the test, you must register in order to get the results. So I reproduced the test here. Please take the test BEFORE you scroll down to see the answers. No cheating!!! LOL
If you’d rather take the quiz on the Hillsdale College website, go here.
U.S. Constitution Quiz
For each question, pick one of four possible answers.
1. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a ___________, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”
a) Perfect union
b) More perfect Union
d) League of States
2. Which branch of government has the power to make laws?
a) The Executive
b) The Judiciary
c) The Legislative
d) None of the above
3. Abraham Lincoln called the Constitution the “frame of silver” framed around an “apple of gold.” What is the “apple of gold”?
a) The Declaration of Independence
b) The Northwest Ordinance
c) The Articles of Confederation
d) The Bill of Rights
4. Which of the following is not a branch of government outlined in the Constitution?
a) The Legislative
b) The Executive
c) The Judiciary
d) Administrative Bureaucracy
5. According to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective,” is _________.
6. _________ is the division of power between the federal government and the states, wherein the federal government is limited to the powers enumerated in the Constitution.
a) Checks and balances
d) Separation of powers
7. Who determines the meaning of the Constitution?
b) The President
c) The Supreme Court
d) No one branch has the final say
In 1787, Delegates from the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting with the sole purpose of signing the Constitution. Once they signed it, they sent copies to state legislatures for ratification. We commemorate this event annually in the United States as Constitution Day, which is:
a) July 4
b) January 20
c) September 17
d) May 31
I wonder how he would do on this quiz?
The correct answers are:
1(b): More perfect union
2(c): The Legislative
3(a): The Declaration of Independence
4(d): Administrative Bureaucracy
7(d): No one branch has the final say
8(c): September 17
How did you do?
My score was 7/8.
I got question no. 7 wrong. Doesn’t the Constitution assign to the Supreme Court the job of interpreting the Constitution? — a role not assigned to the Executive or Legislative branches. If no branch or no one “has the final say,” who does? ~Eowyn