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The Constitution affects everyone in the U.S. even students like you.
True: Everyone in the U.S. is affected by the Constitution every single day of their lives. Did you know that the ramps at sidewalk intersections are there because of the Constitution? How else would disabled children get to school or other places?
The Constitution set up three parts of the U. S. government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.
True: These parts are called branches: the Executive branch is controlled by the President; the Legislative branch is controlled by Congress and the Judicial branch is controlled by the Supreme Court of the United States. This way, America can never have one person controlling the whole country. This is a VERY important part of how the U.S. government functions!
The US Post Office has made four stamps that feature Alexander Hamilton.
True: It is a big deal to have one stamp but four is crazy!
The U.S. Constitution protects the people in America from anyone who violates their civil liberties.
False: The Constitution protects the people from our government. It stops our government from becoming too powerful and doing things that violate the rights of the people.
Changing the U.S. Constitution is as simple as writing a letter to the President.
False: The President does not have the power to amend the Constitution. Changing the Constitution can be a long and difficult process that is usually unsuccessful. If you think Flappy Bird is hard, try amending the Constitution.
You have to be a citizen to go to school in America.
False: Any child living in America has the right to attend grade school. Feel free to do some extra homework and tests too, if you like.
The people didn’t get to see the Constitution until it was posted on Facebook.
False: The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser published a copy of the Constitution on September 19, 1787—two days after it was signed. Come to think of it, newspapers were the closest things to Facebook back then.
The reason the Framers set up three branches of the U.S. government is to make it easier for the government to control the people in America.
False: No way! The people in America control the government by voting for the people they want as representatives and by deciding what the government will control.
The Constitution is made up of a preamble and seven original articles.
True: Although it was "only" four pages long, each page was 28" X 23". Using today's letter sized paper, each page of the Constitution would have taken up over 7 sheets of paper. That's a total of 29 sheets of paper for the whole Constitution.
When the delegates signed the Constitution they were in the largest city of all the colonies.
True: At the time, Philadelphia was the largest city with about 40,000 people. Today, over 1.5 Million people live in Philadelphia.
Since the Constitution was first signed, Congress has passed 33 amendments, but only 27 of these have been ratified by the states.
True: We only have 27 amendments to the Constitution. That means even though Congress would have made 33 changes to the Constitution, not enough states agreed on the six that didn’t get ratified.
Constitution Day is a new holiday.
It depends on what "new" means to you: Constitution Day is only nine years old and that's new compared to how old the Constitution is. Constitution Day started in 2004 and although you don't get to miss school that day, learning about the Constitution is fun!
The Constitution established that all US citizens can vote.
False: The Constitution did not spell out who can vote. That’s one of the reasons it took years of struggle for Blacks, women, Native Americans, and many others to be able to exercise their right to vote. People are still fighting for the right to vote to this day! Of course, kids under 18 still can’t vote.
No one in the country even knew about the new Constitution until after it was signed by the delegates.
True: People in Philadelphia found out that a new Constitution had been written when it was published on September 19, 1787 – two days after it was signed!
The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution are known as The Rights of Bill.
False: Close! They are known as the Bill of Rights and they were all added at the same time, three years after the Constitution was approved. You read this question too fast, we said Rights of Bill!
An amendment is a fancy word that means "change."
True: The Amendments to the Constitution are all changes or additions. Did you know that people have suggested over 11,000 amendments to the Constitution but only 27 have been approved? Good thing too - imagine being tested on 11,000 changes to the Constitution.
The Constitution states that all men are created equal.
False: The Constitution does NOT say this. This is one of the most famous sentences of the Declaration of Independence. Don’t worry, many people confuse the two documents too.
The Constitution became the law of the land as soon as the delegates signed it on September 17, 1787.
False: Not so fast. The states that the delegates represented still had to agree to the new Constitution and 9 out of the original 13 states had to approve it before it could go into effect. That finally happened on June 21, 1788.
The Constitution protects your friends and enemies equally.
True: Even though you might not like someone, he or she still gets the same rights as you! This is a good thing.
The Bill of Rights has always been part of the Constitution.
False: The Bill of Rights was added in 1791 and it includes the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.