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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.
In America, everyone has the freedom not to pray.
True: The first Amendment guarantees the right to pray and the right not to pray. So it's up to you to pray or not pray when you're in school, but the school can't force you to pray and, as long as you are not disturbing class time, your school can't stop you from praying either.
The Constitution is an app.
False: If you had to think about this one you need to start studying!
In 1787, Congress was happy that the delegates had saved them the trouble of having to write the new Constitution.
False: The delegates didn’t have the authority to write a new Constitution! They had been asked to fix the Articles of Confederation. That’s one of the reasons they were so secretive about writing a Constitution.
The first people to picket in front of the White House were men.
False: They were all women fighting for the right to vote. Their persistence eventually led to the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920. The right to vote is an important and hard-earned privilege. Which candidate you support is not as important as exercising your right to vote.
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 Constitution is not available for public viewing and is kept in secret.
False: Check the schedule first, but you can see all four pages of the Constitution displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. You won't be able to touch it or even breathe on it because it's very fragile -- it's 227 years old.
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?
At 16, Benjamin Franklin faked being a 40-year-old widow.
True: Franklin pretended to be an older woman so that his articles could get published in a newspaper. Talk about being a rebellious teen.
The original Constitution was engraved in stone.
False: Jacob Shallus hand wrote the more than 4500 words of the Constitution using a quill pen. Good thing he had pretty good handwriting.
Every year our nation celebrates Constitution Day on September 17th with a big national party.
False: But we should! Help make Constitution Day a National Holiday. Tell your parents and other adults about our petition to make Constitution Day a holiday. I bet you’d enjoy another day off from school.
The Bill of Rights isn’t important, that’s why it was a later addition to the Constitution.
False: The Bill of Rights is very important! It protects our individual rights and freedoms. That’s one bill we can’t do without.
The US Constitution is the youngest national Constitution in the whole world.
False: Actually, even though the U.S. is a young nation, it has the oldest and shortest Constitution of any nation on earth. We can’t say for sure it’s the oldest in our galaxy, but as far as we know, it is.
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.
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.
All of our Presidents in the U.S. have been U.S. born citizens.
False: The first U.S. born citizen to become President was Martin Van Buren, the 8th President; he was born after the American Revolution. The first seven Presidents before Van Buren and the 9th President were all originally "British subjects" before the revolution.
"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase from the US Constitution.
False: Wrong document. There is SO much confusion with another historical document. Do you know which one? HINT: This phrase is in a document that is a declaration, not a constitution.
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.
Thomas Jefferson signed the Constitution.
False: He was in France as the American minister when the Constitution was signed. Do you know which founding document Thomas Jefferson wrote and signed? HINT: It’s the document most often confused with 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.