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Constitution Scavenger Hunt (p. A4 in the back of your textbook)

Article I

1.      How often are Representatives to be elected?


2.      How old must a Representative be to be elected?


3.      How long is the term for a senator?


4.      How were senators originally chosen?  Which amendment changed that?


5.      How old does someone have to be to be a senator?


6.      Who is the president of the Senate and when may that person vote?


7.      Which legislative body as the power of impeachment and which body has the power to try an impeached official?


8.      What is the required vote that is necessary to convict someone who has been impeached? What is the only penalty that can be imposed on someone who has been impeached?


9.      Who decides the times, places, and manner for holding elections for Congress?


10.  In what federal body should all bills concerning taxes originate?


11.  What fraction of both houses must vote to override a veto?


12.  What happens when a president doesn’t return a bill in 10 days and what is the exception to that rule?


13.  In Section 8, the Constitution lists or enumerates the powers of Congress.  List six of them.




14.  In Section 8, paragraph 18, Congress is given to make what sorts of law and why?


15.  In Section 9, there are three limitations on the power of Congress to deny people rights.  What are those three limitations?  (If you don’t understand what these phrases mean, don’t worry – I’ll explain.)




16.  When may the writ of habeas corpus be suspended?


17.  Name three limits on the powers of the states.


Article II

18.  How old does someone have to be to be elected president?


19.  How is it determined how many electors each state has?


20.  Name three powers of the President.



21.  Name the body of Congress that must approve a treaty that the president has negotiated and the fraction of the vote they must approve it by.


22.  Which body of Congress approves nominations?  What is the three-word phrase used to indicate that a body of Congress shall approve or deny treaties and nominations for ambassadors, public ministers, and judges?


23.  If a vacancy to a public office falls while the Senate is in recess and the president fills that vacancy, how long should that officer’s term last?



Article III

24.  What is the term of office for Supreme Court justices? When may they be removed?


25.  Who gets to decide how many federal courts we have?


26.  In which cases does the Supreme Court have original jurisdiction?


27.  What must be necessary to convict someone of treason?


Article IV

28.  What is the topic of Article IV?


29.  What does the Constitution say about how one state must regard the laws of another state?


Article V

30.  What fraction of the houses of Congress is necessary to approve a proposed amendment? 


31.  What fraction of the states must approve a proposed amendment for it to be ratified?


32.  What fraction of the states can ask for a convention to propose new amendments?


Article VI

33.  What does the Constitution say about which law shall predominate if there is any conflict between laws?


34.  What qualification for holding any public office is forbidden?


Article VII

35.  How many states had to ratify the Constitution?




36.  Name the five basic civil liberties guaranteed in the First Amendment.


37.  Which amendment extended the vote to 18 year olds?


38.  hich amendment outlaws “cruel and unusual punishments?”


39.  Which amendment ended slavery?


40.  Put the Ninth Amendment in your own words.


41.  Put the Tenth Amendment in your own words.


42.  Which amendment prevents a citizen of North Carolina suing the state of Georgia?


43.  Which amendment said that states couldn’t prevent people from voting based on their race?


44.  Which amendment said that a person couldn’t be tried twice for the same crime?


45.  When can the government take private property and what must the government give the owners?  Which amendment establishes this?


46.  What phrase is repeated in both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments? 


47.  Which amendment defined citizenship?


48.  List the rights that the accused has when suspected of a crime.




49.  Which amendment prohibited alcohol? Which Amendment repealed the prohibition on alcohol?


50.  Which amendment gave women the right to vote and in what year was it passed?


51.  Which amendment decided that a person could be president for only two terms?


52.  On what day does the Constitution state that a new president shall be inaugurated?  Which amendment establishes this?   When must the new Congress meet?


53.  Which amendment prevents the president and vice president from being inhabitants of the same state? In that same amendment, who should choose the president if no one gets a majority in the Electoral College?  And the vice president?



54.  Which amendment requires a warrant to search someone's property?


55.  Which amendment gave government the power to impose an income tax?


56.  Which amendment establishes what to do if the president is incapacitated and can’t perform his duties?


57.  Which amendment established that the people should elect senators?  How were they originally chosen?


58.  According to Amendment 17, if a senator were to die, how would the new one be selected?