How Well Do You Know the Amendments of the Constitution?
Calling all American history buffs! Test your knowledge of the amendments to the Constitution with this quiz.
Answer: B. 27
According to the Bill of Rights Institute, “The Constitution was written in the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by delegates from 12 states, in order to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new form of government.”
However, in mid-1788, two states, Rhode Island and North Carolina, had still not ratified the Constitution and said that they wouldn’t ratify it without a bill of rights (a series of amendments). A year later, in June of 1789, James Madison proposed a series of amendments to be debated in the first Congress. Since then, a total of 27 amendments have been passed. If you’re puzzled why the Constitution’s authors used “F” for the letter “S” in places, here’s why.
2. How many proposed measures (approximately) have there been to amend the Constitution?
Answer: A. 11,770
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According to the United States Senate, approximately 11,770 measures have been proposed to amend the Constitution from 1789 through January 3, 2019. You can also view how many times each Congress has proposed changes during its time in service. For example, the 115th Congress (from 2017-2018) proposed to amend the Constitution 71 times. Read about why Washington, D.C. isn’t a state.
Answer: D. 1791
The First Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, according to the National Constitution Center. It was then ratified on December 15, 1791. The First Amendment is “Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
4. Which amendments make up the Bill of Rights?
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Answer: C. 1-10
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According to the National Constitution Center, the first ten amendments form the Bill of Rights. “The House approved 17 amendments. Of these, the Senate approved 12, which were sent to the states for approval in August 1789. Ten amendments were approved (or ratified). Virginia’s legislature was the final state legislature to ratify the amendments, approving them on December 15, 1791,” explains the Bill of Rights Institute.
5. Who wrote the Bill of Rights?
A. George Washington
B. James Madison
C. Benjamin Franklin
D. John Adams
Answer: B. James Madison
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“James Madison’s slight stature and reserved personality gave little indication of his keen intellect and shrewd nature. No other Founder had as much influence in crafting, ratifying, and interpreting the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights as he did,” reports the Bill of Rights Institute. Read more surprising facts you never knew about U.S. presidents.