Amendments Practice Quiz

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  1. People and their personal property cannot be searched without a warrant, issued by a judge.
  2. Your answer:
    2nd
    4th
    16th


  3. President of the U.S. now limited to serving no more than two terms in office, and no more than a total of ten years (in the case where a Vice President moves into the presidency as the result of a vacancy in that office, and is re-elected to his/her own terms of office).
  4. Your answer:
    8th
    22nd
    23rd


  5. Powers that are not specifically granted to the national government are to be retained by the states and people.
  6. Your answer:
    10th
    11th
    13th


  7. This is the basic guarantee of civil rights for all Americans. It defined “citizenship” as anyone born or naturalized in the U.S. (this automatically granted citizenship rights to former slaves). States were prohibited from enforcing any law that took away the rights, privileges, and immunities guaranteed to U.S. citizens without first making certain that “due process of law” had been carried out. All persons were now guaranteed “equal protection of the laws,” regardless of who they were or what their race, religion, or country of origin happened to be. No person who served in the government of the southern confederacy during the Civil War was allowed to hold federal office. The U.S. government refused to accept any debts incurred by the Confederate States of America, including claims for the loss or emancipation of any slave.
  8. Your answer:
    12th
    14th
    18th


  9. No person may be held to answer for a crime unless he or she has first been officially and legally charged (through an indictment by a grand jury or a presentment from a prosecutor). No person can be tried for a crime, found not guilty, then tried again for that same exact crime. (Double jeopardy is the term used in law. Double jeopardy is forbidden by this amendment.) Persons cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . Private property cannot be taken for public use unless the owner is fairly compensated for it.
  10. Your answer:
    5th
    9th
    21st


  11. A person accused of a crime has the right to a fair and speedy trial by an impartial jury of his/her peers, to be informed of the accusations against him/her, to be confronted with the witnesses against him/her, to be able to subpoena (summon) witnesses to give testimony in his/her favor, and to have legal counsel (an attorney) for his/her defense.
  12. Your answer:
    3rd
    6th
    9th


  13. Electors will vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots.
  14. Your answer:
    12th
    22nd
    25th


  15. African American males were guaranteed the right to vote, and “race, color, or previous condition of servitude” could not be used as a reason to refuse anyone the right to vote.
  16. Your answer:
    7th
    11th
    15th


  17. Shortened the period of time between federal elections (first week of November in even numbered years) and the day that officials were sworn into office. Called the “Lame Duck Amendment” because it gave “lame duck” officials (those who were not going to be sworn in, but were still in office) a shorter period of time to pass laws that tended to enrich their lives or the lives of their friends and political allies. Presidential inauguration day (when he/she is sworn in) moved back from March 4 to January 20. Members of Congress are now sworn into office on January 3 instead of March 4 of odd numbered years.
  18. Your answer:
    20th
    22nd
    25th


  19. No soldier in time of peace shall be quartered in a private citizens home without the homeowner’s consent.
  20. Your answer:
    2nd
    3rd
    6th


  21. Guarantees freedom of speech, religion, and press, and the right to assemble peaceably and petition the government for redress of grievances (to ask it to fix something that it’s responsible for).
  22. Your answer:
    1st
    4th
    5th


  23. Involuntary servitude – slavery – was abolished, unless it was the result of a sentence passed by a court of law upon conviction of a crime.
  24. Your answer:
    13th
    14th
    15th


  25. A citizen from one state cannot sue a citizen in another state in federal court.
  26. Your answer:
    9th
    11th
    14th


  27. Repealed a previously-ratified amendment; the Prohibition Era in America was over.
  28. Your answer:
    18th
    20th
    21st


  29. Congress may pass a law increasing members' salaries, but cannot collect it until after there has been a federal election.
  30. Your answer:
    22nd
    24th
    27th


  31. Established procedures to follow in the case of presidential death and/or disability. States for the first time in the Constitution that the Vice President, when taking over the office of President after a vacancy occurs, has all of the powers and responsibilities of the presidency. In case of presidential disability, the Vice President and a majority of his/her Cabinet officers may send written notice to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate that the President of the U.S. is “unable to discharge his duties and responsibilities,” the Vice President becomes Acting President. When the President is able to resume the duties that his office requires, he may send written notice to the congressional leadership that he is returning to his office. If the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet officers disagree, they may send written notice to the leaders of Congress. Congress will then decide who should take office as President.
  32. Your answer:
    22nd
    24th
    25th


  33. Election of Senators was granted to the people of each of the states.
  34. Your answer:
    12th
    17th
    19th


  35. Established the minimum age requirement for voting in federal elections at eighteen years.
  36. Your answer:
    25th
    26th
    27th


  37. People can not be denied the right to vote in federal elections – either primaries or general elections – because they had not paid a tax on voting. (Before this amendment, poor people, and most particularly ethnic and racial minorities, were effectively kept from voting by such “poll taxes” that they simply could not afford to pay. This prohibition on poll taxes was later extended to state and local elections, as well.)
  38. Your answer:
    20th
    24th
    26th


  39. People who live in Washington, D.C. are allowed to vote for President and granted three electoral votes, the minimum number of Electoral College ballots. (Before this amendment, residents of the District of Columbia were prohibited from voting for President.)
  40. Your answer:
    19th
    23rd
    25th


  41. Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes.
  42. Your answer:
    16th
    17th
    23rd


  43. No excessive bail or fines, or cruel and unusual punishment shall be used against a convicted criminal.
  44. Your answer:
    4th
    8th
    11th


  45. The manufacture, transportation or sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited.
  46. Your answer:
    16th
    18th
    21st


  47. No person shall be denied their basic constitutional rights.
  48. Your answer:
    9th
    10th
    12th


  49. In any legal case involving a civil suit (lawsuit between two persons or groups), the defendant has the right to a trial by jury if the amount in question is over twenty dollars.
  50. Your answer:
    7th
    9th
    26th


  51. The right to vote cannot be denied because of a person’s sex.
  52. Your answer:
    15th
    19th
    20th


  53. The belief was strong that a well regulated militia (such as the National Guard, in modern times) was necessary for maintaining our national security, so the political leaders in Congress guaranteed that the right to bear arms would not be infringed (violated).
  54. Your answer:
    1st
    2nd
    3rd



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