As the Founders of the Republic would have done….grab a friend and a tankard of your favorite brew and take the following Quiz and discuss it in celebration of the day that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution:
True or False (a.k.a. “I’ve got a 50/50 chance”):
1) The Constitution opens with this line from the Preamble: “When in the course of human events…”
2) The revolutionaries Thomas Paine (author of Common Sense) and Patrick Henry (he of “give me liberty or give me death” fame) put in place the limits on the Executive power.
3) The rights of the people are found only in the Amendments to the Constitution.
4) The Constitution does not contain the word “slave.”
5) Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were among the 39 men who signed the Constitution.
6) The President’s State of the Union Address is required by the Constitution.
7) At the Constitutional Convention, James Madison argued against adding a Bill of Rights to the proposed Constitution.
8) Alexander Hamilton of NY supported offering an American kingship to a foreign prince.
9) The First Amendment is the 1st listed in the Bill of Rights because it declares the most important fundamental rights.
10) Members of Congress cannot be arrested except for treason, felony and breach of the peace, during their attendance at Congress and in going to and returning from Congress.
EXTRA CREDIT: Where does an explicitly intended reference to a person’s sex appear in the Constitution and/or its Amendments? (Ignore all the references, if you can, to the usage of the hes, hims, his, etc.)