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Constitution Scavenger Hunt

Instructions:
● Form a group of 2 or 3 members
● Each member must TYPE in answers to all the questions, even if their
partners share this info with them
● Search the ​Constitution PDF​ or ​Constitution by section​ to find the answers to
the below questions.
● Make sure to ​highlight ​or ​type​ your answer in a different color.
● GOOD LUCK!

“Two Soviets . . . were talking to each other. And one of them asked, "What's the
difference between the Soviet Constitution and the United States Constitution?" And the
other one said, "That's easy. The Soviet Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and
freedom of gathering. The American Constitution guarantees freedom ​after​ speech and
freedom ​after​ gathering."
-Ronald Reagan.

This above joke by Ronald Reagan means ___________________________

Article I is about ______________________


1. How often are Representatives to be elected?
​Every 2nd year  
2. How old must a Representative be to be elected?
​ t the age of 25 or older 
A
3. How long is the term for a senator?
​6 years 
4. How were senators originally chosen? Which amendment changed that?
by the legislature, 17th amendment 
5. How old does someone have to be to be a senator?
 30 years old  
6. Who is the president of the Senate and when may that person vote?
 The vide president of the united states and that person may not vote unless they are divided 
equally.  
7. Which legislative body as the power of impeachment and which body has the power to
try an impeached official?
The house of representatives 
8. Who shall officiate when a president is tried for impeachment?
​ hief of justice 
C
9. What is the required vote that is necessary to convict someone who has been
impeached?
​2/3 of the members present.  
10. What is the only penalty that can be imposed on someone who has been impeached?
 removal of office  
11. Who decides the times, places, and manner for holding elections for Congress?
l​ egislature 
12. In what federal body do all bills concerning taxes originate?
house of representatives 
13. What fraction of both houses must vote to override a veto?
 2/3 of both houses  
14. What happens when a president doesn’t return a bill in 10 days and what is the
exception to that rule?
Pocket veto 
15. In Section 8, the Constitution lists or enumerates the powers of Congress. List six of
them.
1. to borrow money on the credit of the united states 
2. to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states and with the 
indian tribes. 
3. to con money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard 
weights and measures.  
4. to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the 
united states.  
5. to establish post offices and post roads.  
6. to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to 
authors and inventors the exclusive rights to their respective writing and discovieries.  

16. In Section 8, which clause gives Congress the most general, non-specific powers?
Necessary and proper clause 
17. In Section 9, there are three limitations on the power of Congress to deny people
rights. What are those three limitations?
1. No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed. 
2. no tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state. 
3. No title of nobility shall be granted by the united states and no person holding any 
office or profit or trust under them, shall without the consent of the congress, accept 
of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, 
prince or foreign state.  
  
18. When may the writ of ​habeas corpus ​be suspended?
 cases of rebellion or invasion of public safety 
19. Name three limits on the powers of the states.
no alliances or treaties, no tariffs, cannot print own money.  
Article II is about ______________________
20. How old does someone have to be to be elected president?
35 years old.  
21. How is it determined how many electors each state has?
by adding the US representatives and the US Senators together.  

22. Name three powers of the President.


1. serve as commander in chief of the armed forces. 
2. commission officers of the armed force. 
3. Grant reprieves and pardons for federal offenses (except impeachment) 

23. 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.
 senators  
24. Which body of Congress approves nominations?
 senate 
25. When can the president appoint people without approval by anyone else?
 during the recess of the senate 
26. What can a president or other officers be impeached for?
treason, bribery and high crimes.  

Article III is about ______________________


27. What is the term of office for Supreme Court justices? When may they be removed?
 As long as they have good behavior, treason 
28. Who gets to decide how many federal courts we have?
 congress 
29. In which cases does the Supreme Court have original jurisdiction?
 all cases affecting ambassadors, or other minsters and consuls.  
30. What must be necessary to convict someone of treason?
 levying war against the US or helping enemies.  
Article IV is about ______________________
31. What is the topic of Article IV?
 states rights 
32. What does the Constitution say about how one state must regard the laws of another
state?
 must respect them 
33. What limitation is put on admitting new states to the Union?
no current states can split or form together with other states.   
Article V is about ______________________
34. What fraction of the houses of Congress is necessary to approve a proposed
amendment?
 2/3 
35. What fraction of the states must approve a proposed amendment for it to be ratified?
 3/4 
36. What fraction of the states can ask for a convention to propose new amendments?
 2/3 
37. 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.  
Article VI is about ______________________
38. What does the Constitution say about which law shall predominate if there is any
conflict between laws?
federal law reigns supreme.  
39. What qualification for holding any public office is forbidden?
a​ religious test  

Article VII is about ______________________


40. How many states had to ratify the Constitution?
9 of 13 states  
Amendments ​
41. Name the five basic civil liberties guaranteed in the First Amendment.
1. religion  
2. speech 
3. press 
4. assemble 
5. petition 
42. Which amendment extended the vote to 18 year olds?
 26th amendment 
43. Which amendment outlaws “cruel and unusual punishments?”
8​ th amendment 
44. Which amendment ended slavery?
​13th amendment 
45. Put the Ninth Amendment in your own words.
​basic human rights are protected  
46. Put the Tenth Amendment in your own words.
​states rights 
47. Which amendment prevents a citizen of North Carolina suing the state of Georgia?
 11th amendment 
48. Which amendment said that states couldn’t prevent people from voting based on their
race?
 15th amendment 
49.. Which amendment said that a person couldn’t be tried twice for the same crime?
 5th amendment 
50. When can the government take private property and what must the government give
the owners? Which amendment establishes this?
 public good, fair compensation 
51. What phrase is repeated in both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments?
”​ nor deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law” 
52. Which amendment defined citizenship?
 1st amendment  
53. List the rights that the accused has when suspected of a crime.
1. doesn’t have to talk without an attorney 
2. cannot subject to the same offense twice 
3. cannot have life, liberty or property taken. 
54. Which amendment prohibited alcohol? Which Amendment repealed the prohibition
on alcohol?
 18th amendment  
55. Which amendment gave women the right to vote and in what year was it passed?
 19th amendment passed in 1920  
56. Which amendment decided that a person could be president for only two terms?
 22nd amendment 
57. 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, january 3rd 
58. 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?
​12th amendment, house, senate 
59. Which amendment requires a warrant to search some one's property?
 4th amendment  
60. Which amendment gave government the power to impose an income tax?
 16th amendment  
61. Which amendment establishes what to do if the president is incapacitated and can’t
perform his duties?
25th amendment