Constitution Scavenger Hunt

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How often are Representatives to be elected?

Every 2 years

How old must a Representative be to be elected?


How long is the term for a senator?

6 years

How were senators originally chosen? Which amendment changed that?

By the legislature, 17th amendment

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


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

The Vice President and when there is a split vote between the Senate

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

House of Representatives

Who shall officiate when a president is tried for impeachment?

Chief Justice

What is the required vote that is necessary to convict someone who has been impeached?

2/3rd’s concurrence of the members present

What is the only penalty that can be imposed on someone who has been impeached?

Removal of office

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


In what federal body do all bills concerning taxes originate?

House of Representatives

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


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

Pocket veto

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

Declare war, call the military, raise the army and navy, govern DC, create courts, etc.

In Section 8, which clause gives Congress the most general, non-specific powers?

Necessary and Proper Clause

In Section 9, there are three limitations on the power of Congress to deny people rights. What are those three limitations?


What may the writ of habeas corpus be suspended?

Cases of rebellion or invasion of public safety

Name three limits on the powers of the states.

No alliances or treaties, no tariffs, cannot print own money

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


How is it determined how many electors each state has?

The number equal to the number of senators and representatives

Name three powers of the President. President has powers of:

Commander in Chief, pardons, treaties and appointments

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


Which body of Congress approves nominations?


When can the president appoint people without approval by anyone else?

During the recess of the Senate

What can a president or other officers be impeached for?

Treason, bribery, and high crimes

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

As long as they have good behavior, treason

Who gets to decide how many federal courts we have?


In which cases does the Supreme Court have original jurisdiction?

All cases affecting Ambassadors, or other minsters and consuls

What must be necessary to convict someone of treason?

Levying war against the US or helping enemies

What is the topic of Article IV?

States Rights

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

Must respect them

What limitation is put on admitting new states to the Union?

No current states can split or form together with other states

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


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


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


What is the only limitation in the Constitution as to what can be the basis of an amendment?

The 1st and 4th in Section 9 of Article 1 cannot be changed

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

Federal law reigns supreme

What qualifications for holding any public office is forbidden?

A religious test

How many states has to ratify the Constitution?

9 of 13 states

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

Religion, speech, press, assemble, and petition

Which amendment extended the vote to 18 years olds?


Which amendment outlaws "cruel and unusual punishment"?


Which amendment ended slavery?


Put the 9th Amendment in your own words.

Basic human rights are protected

Put the 10th Amendment in your own words.

State’s rights

Which amendment prevents a citizen of NC suing the state of Georgia?


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


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


When can the government take private property and what must the government give the owners?

Public good, fair compensation

What phrase is repeated on both the 5th and 14th Amendments?

"nor deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law"

Which amendment defined citizenship?


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

Doesn’t have to talk without an attorney, cannot be subject to the same offense twice, cannot have life, liberty, or property taken

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


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

19th, passed in 1920

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


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

January 20th, 20th, January 3rd

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 not one gets a majority in the Electoral College? And the vice president?

12th, House, Senate

Which amendment requires a warrant to search someone’s property?


Which amendment have government the power to impose an income tax?


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


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