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Honors U.S.

History 2009/2010 Name:


PRP1 Week 7
Mr. Irwin Period:

STUDY GUIDE FOR TEST ON THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

The Preamble
Be able to recognize the Preamble by its words and by meaning. Be able to differentiate the
Constitution’s Preamble from text of the Declaration of Independence, as well as from text of the
Articles of Confederation.

Articles 1 – 3, The Three Branches of Government

Article 1 The Legislative Branch:

1. What is meant by the term “bicameral Congress?”

2. What is the length of one term for the position of U.S. Representative?

3. What are the qualifications to become a U.S. Representative?

4. What is the three-fifths rule?

5. According to the Constitution, how is the number of U.S. Representatives that each state shall
have determined?

6. What is the title of the government official who presides over the House of Representatives?
7. What is the length of one term for the position of U.S. Senator?

8. What are the qualifications to become a U.S. Senator?

9. What is the title of the government official who presides over the U.S. Senate?

10. Which house of Congress would try an impeachment?

11. According to the Constitution, how many times is Congress required to assemble?

12. What does the Constitution say about keeping records of Congressional proceedings?

13. Describe the process of how a bill becomes a law.

14. List several important powers that Congress has under the Constitution.
Article 2 The Executive Branch:

15. What is the length of one term of office for the position of President, as well as for the
position of Vice President?

16. What are the qualifications to become President of the United States?

17. Should the president die or be unable to carry out his duties, who takes over as president?

18. List several important powers that the President has under the Constitution.

19. For what reasons can the president be removed from office?
Article 3 The Judicial Branch:

20. What is the make-up of our federal court system?

21. According to the Constitution, the judicial power extends to what?

22. According to the Constitution, how is treason defined?

23. List several important powers that the Judicial Branch has under the Constitution.

The remaining 4 Articles of the Constitution:

Article 4:
24. Describe the main features of Article 4 of the Constitution.
Article 5:
25. What is described in Article 5 of the Constitution?

Article 6:
26. Article 6 has only 3 sections. What features are described in each?

Article 7:
27. What is described in Article 7 of the Constitution?

28. In what year was the Constitution of the United States adopted? ______________.

29. In what year was the Constitution of the United States ratified? _______________.

The Bill of Rights:

30. How many Amendments make up the Bill of Rights?


31. When the Bill of Rights were ratified, they became a permanent part of the Constitution. In
what year did that take place?

32. According to what you have learned, why was the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution?