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road kill
02-04-2011, 10:46 AM
Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz

Are you smarter than an elected official?
If you can correctly answer five or more of these basic Constitution-related questions, congratulations! You're smarter than the average elected official! (Answers are below -- but no peeking!)

1) What are the three branches of government?
A. executive, legislative, judicial
B. executive, legislative, military
C. bureaucratic, military, industry
D. federal, state, local
E. Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Marijuana Enforcement, Dept. of
Marriage Enforcement

2) What part of the government has the power to declare war?
A. Congress
B. the president
C. the Supreme Court
D. the Joint Chiefs of Staff
E. George Bush

3) In the area of United States foreign policy, Congress shares power with the:
A. president
B. Supreme Court
C. state governments
D. United Nations
E. Israel

4) The United States Electoral College:
A. trains those aspiring for higher political office
B. was established to supervise the first televised presidential debates
C. is otherwise known as the U.S. Congress
D. is a constitutionally mandated assembly that elects the president
E. was ruled undemocratic by the Supreme Court
F. was invented by Ronald Reagan

5) What impact did the Anti-Federalists have on the United States Constitution?
A. their arguments helped lead to the adoption of the Bill of Rights
B. their arguments helped lead to the abolition of the slave trade
C. their influence ensured that the federal government would maintain a standing army
D. their influence ensured that the federal government would have the power to tax
E. who?

6) The phrase that in America there should be a "wall of separation" between church and state appears in:
A. George Washington's Farewell Address
B. the Mayflower Compact
C. the Constitution
D. the Declaration of Independence
E. Thomas Jefferson's letters
F. doesn't appear anywhere; is a leftist fabrication

7) The Bill of Rights explicitly prohibits:
A. prayer in public school
B. discrimination based on race, sex, or religion
C. the ownership of guns by private individuals
D. establishing an official religion for the United States
E. the president from vetoing a line item in a spending bill
F. Mosques in New York City

8) Identify one right or freedom below guaranteed by the first amendment.
A. Right to bear arms
B. Due process
C. Religion
D. Right to counsel
E. A government with a republican majority

9) Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government listed below?
A. Make treaties
B. Make zoning laws
C. Maintain prisons
D. Establish standards for doctors and lawyers
E. Hold on - let me ask Rush

10) Who is the commander in chief of the U.S. military?
A. Secretary of the army
B. Secretary of state
C. President
D. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
E. I don't know, but it can't be Obama 'cause he's a democrat
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Post your answwers.
I will post the correct answers later.
They were at the bottom of the link, so I didn't post the link.

Good luck!!!:D


stan b

huntinman
02-04-2011, 11:02 AM
1.A 2.A 3.A 4.D 5.B 6.F 7.B 8.B 9.A 10.C

A few guesses!

BrianW
02-04-2011, 11:08 AM
1. WH cook, WH gardener, WH dog walker
2. Rahm Emanuel
3. Jimmy Carter
4. ... can not win the future with a government of the past"
5. Caused DHS warning memos on extremism.
6. "Dreams From My Father"
7. the role of leftist governemnt
8. the right to have high speed Internet
9. Redistribute wealth
10. Michelle Obama

Those were all trick quetions weren't they? ;-)

Roger Perry
02-04-2011, 11:25 AM
1. A
2. B I knew Congress has the power to declare war somehow I marked B instead of A
3. A
4. D
5. A
6. C
7. B
8. C
9. A
10. C

Kevinismybrother
02-04-2011, 11:48 AM
1-a 2-a 3-a 4-d 5-a 6-e? 7-d-8-c 9-a-10 -c

M&K's Retrievers
02-04-2011, 12:03 PM
1-a
2-a
3-a
4-d
5-e
6-c
7-b
8-b
9-a
10-c

BrianW
02-04-2011, 01:02 PM
1. A
2. A
3, A
4. D
5. A
6. E
7. D
8. C
9. A
10. C

Granddaddy
02-04-2011, 01:31 PM
1.a
2.a
3.a
4.d
5.a
6.e
7.d
8.c
9.a
10.c

road kill
02-04-2011, 01:55 PM
Hard to beleive but 1 person missed 3 of these.

Any ideas who???



RK

BonMallari
02-04-2011, 02:03 PM
1.a

2. A

3.a

4.d

5.e

6.f

7.b

8.c

9.a

10.c

huntinman
02-04-2011, 02:03 PM
Hard to beleive but 1 person missed 3 of these.

Any ideas who???



RK

Don't tell me RP

mjh345
02-04-2011, 02:08 PM
1 a
2 a
3 a
4 d
5 a
6 e
7d
8 c
9 a
10 c

Roger Perry
02-04-2011, 02:11 PM
[quote=road kill;744497]Hard to beleive but 1 person missed 3 of these.

Any ideas who???

Probably me because I did not cheat, I knew only Congress has the power to declare war not the president but I did not proof read my answers before hitting the submit button. So I really missed 2 questions but I bet I had more answers right than the elected officials.

road kill
02-04-2011, 02:26 PM
[quote=road kill;744497]Hard to beleive but 1 person missed 3 of these.

Any ideas who???

Probably me because I did not cheat, I knew only Congress has the power to declare war not the president but I did not proof read my answers before hitting the submit button. So I really missed 2 questions but I bet I had more answers right than the elected officials.

Status Quo...........


RK

Eric Johnson
02-04-2011, 02:53 PM
1) A
2) A
3) A
4) D
5) A
6) F
7) D
8) C
9) A
10) C

dnf777
02-04-2011, 03:14 PM
Do you want the "correct" answers, or what has been happening over the past decade? For example....who has the POWER to declare war, verses who HAS declared war? ;)

dnf777
02-04-2011, 03:22 PM
A A A D A E D C A C

Who said "wall of religion" not sure.

DSO
02-04-2011, 03:35 PM
1) A
2) A
3) A
4) D
5) A
6) C
7) B
8) C
9) A
10) C

Been a while since I had to think about a few of those. Hoping for at least a 70% ;)

BS in Political Science regards...

Danny

road kill
02-04-2011, 03:39 PM
Do you want the "correct" answers, or what has been happening over the past decade? For example....who has the POWER to declare war, verses who HAS declared war?





A A A D A E D C A C

Who said "wall of religion" not sure.

No changing answers......you missed one.


RK

Leddyman
02-04-2011, 03:41 PM
1. A
2. A
3. A
4. D
5. A
6. E
7. D
8. C
9. A
10. C

dnf777
02-04-2011, 04:54 PM
No changing answers......you missed one.


RK

So did a lot of folks, looking at the answers. Many of us posted the same thing. I suspect the "wall between church and state" was my miss. I've never heard that specific quote.

BonMallari
02-04-2011, 05:00 PM
So did a lot of folks, looking at the answers. Many of us posted the same thing. I suspect the "wall between church and state" was my miss. I've never heard that specific quote.


if we all missed questions and we discuss politics for sport can you imagine what the general public who cant even identify their local politicians must not know...and they get to vote...yikes

Leddyman
02-04-2011, 05:14 PM
So did a lot of folks, looking at the answers. Many of us posted the same thing. I suspect the "wall between church and state" was my miss. I've never heard that specific quote.

It was definitely Jefferson.

Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 to answer a letter from them written in October 1801. A copy of the Danbury letter is available here http://candst.tripod.com/tnppage/baptist.htm. The Danbury Baptists were a religious minority in Connecticut, and they complained that in their state, the religious liberties they enjoyed were not seen as immutable rights, but as privileges granted by the legislature as "favors granted." Jefferson's reply did not address their concerns about problems with state establishment of religion only of establishment on the national level. The letter contains the phrase "wall of separation between church and state," which led to the short-hand for the Establishment Clause that we use today: "Separation of church and state."

The letter was the subject of intense scrutiny by Jefferson, and he consulted a couple of New England politicians to assure that his words would not offend while still conveying his message: it was not the place of the Congress or the Executive to do anything that might be misconstrued as the establishment of religion.

dnf777
02-04-2011, 06:02 PM
It was definitely Jefferson.

Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 to answer a letter from them written in October 1801. A copy of the Danbury letter is available here http://candst.tripod.com/tnppage/baptist.htm. The Danbury Baptists were a religious minority in Connecticut, and they complained that in their state, the religious liberties they enjoyed were not seen as immutable rights, but as privileges granted by the legislature as "favors granted." Jefferson's reply did not address their concerns about problems with state establishment of religion only of establishment on the national level. The letter contains the phrase "wall of separation between church and state," which led to the short-hand for the Establishment Clause that we use today: "Separation of church and state."

The letter was the subject of intense scrutiny by Jefferson, and he consulted a couple of New England politicians to assure that his words would not offend while still conveying his message: it was not the place of the Congress or the Executive to do anything that might be misconstrued as the establishment of religion.

I knew it didn't occur in the original documents, but wasn't sure. Figured it was either Washington or Jefferson. Washington was a little less controversial as he bowed out of the presidency, so I picked Jeff.

Not sure which one missed now.

BrianW
02-04-2011, 06:23 PM
If y'all liked this (and I did) these 10 are part of a 33 question test at
http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx

I encourage you to take it and challenge yourselves a bit further.
Not asking you to report back, just maybe learn something new or refresh your memory. Have fun! :D You've got a good chance at getting at least 10 right! ;)

dnf777
02-04-2011, 06:43 PM
If y'all liked this (and I did) these 10 are part of a 33 question test at
http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx

I encourage you to take it and challenge yourselves a bit further.
Not asking you to report back, just maybe learn something new or refresh your memory. Have fun! :D You've got a good chance at getting at least 10 right! ;)


That was fun. Thanks for posting.

I can't believe the averages of 49% and 55%!!?? :confused:

hotel4dogs
02-04-2011, 07:11 PM
1. A
2. A
3. A
4. D
5. D
6. E
7. B
8. C
9. A
10. C

Granddaddy
02-04-2011, 07:23 PM
Did we ever get the correct answers?

road kill
02-04-2011, 07:39 PM
Here is the answer key"
Answer key:
1) A; 2) A; 3) A; 4) D; 5) A; 6) E; 7) D; 8) C; 9) A; 10) C

I voted all "E!!":cool:


RK

ducknwork
02-04-2011, 08:58 PM
If y'all liked this (and I did) these 10 are part of a 33 question test at
http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx

I encourage you to take it and challenge yourselves a bit further.
Not asking you to report back, just maybe learn something new or refresh your memory. Have fun! :D You've got a good chance at getting at least 10 right! ;)

I had a few guesses in there, but I am pretty happy to say that I got a 84.85% (28/33) correct. Some of those were tough!

DSO
02-04-2011, 09:50 PM
1) A
2) A
3) A
4) D
5) A
6) C
7) B
8) C
9) A
10) C

Been a while since I had to think about a few of those. Hoping for at least a 70% ;)

BS in Political Science regards...

Danny

Eh... blew it on 6 and 7. At least I remembered something since graduating in 88.

Danny