Nanticoke Historical Society

Nanticoke Historical Society

Monday, January 28, 2013

Our Constitution

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 In my fascination of history I thought I would like to review what most all of us studied either in grade school or later.  Most of us have seen movies Like “National Treasure” or “Lincoln” that conjure up feelings of Colonial early America.  This is our history; it is who we are and how we came to be.  Movies dramatize and romanticize the era.  After all, it is entertainment. But, in researching our history, it is also important understand the context.  I've come up with a quiz for myself and I invite you to take it as well.  I will not provide the answers nor grade you.  I hope that in the following quiz that you will at least seek the right answers if you do not know.
      I will provide links where I have looked. You are welcome to decide whether these sources are credible or not.  And, you are welcome to site your own searches and conclusions. Perhaps in seeking these answers you will look further into times and events of the era; to better understand the context our forefathers viewed in their time and how it applies to today's culture.

The Constitution
1.       What year was the Constitution written?
(a) 1776 (b) 1780 (c)1787

2.       What document did the Constitution replace?
3.       (a) Articles of Congress (b)The Delaware Plan (c)The Rhode Island Plan (d) none of these

4.       What were the Articles of Confederation?
(a) the constitution of the Confederate States
(b)the laws enforced by militias
(c)the first draft  of the Constitution

5.       What were the two plans considered for the Constitution?
6.       (a) The Delaware Plan and the Georgia Plan
(b) The Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan
(c)  Charles Pinckney’s  Plan and The British Plan

7.       How many articles were there in the original Articles of Confederation?
(a)  10 (b) 12 (c) 13 (d) 15

8.       Who was Edmond Randolph?
(a) The Governor of Virginia who presented the Constitution in Philadelphia.
(b)An Anti-Federalist who favored States rights.
(c) A Federalist who favored a centralized government

9.       The Connecticut Compromise was a compromise between the…
(a) The Delaware Plan and the Georgia Plan
(b) The Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan
(c)  Charles Pinckney’s  Plan and The British Plan

10.   Article IV of the Articles of Confederation declares that…
(a) only Congress can declare an act of war
(b) each states retains its sovereignty
(c)the Articles of Confederation will be observed by every state

1.   Who wrote The Articles of Confederation?
(a) Benjamin Franklin
(b) James Madison
(c) John Hancock
(d) none of the above

12.   Who were “the old patriots”, what were they later called?
(a) The Federalists
(b) The Anti-Federalists
(c) the Tories

13.   Who put forth the Virginia Plan?
(a) James Madison
(b) Thomas Jefferson
(c) Edmond Randolph

14.   In what year was the Articles of Confederation replaced with the U.S. Constitution?
(a) 1776
(c) 1789

Bill of Rights (the first 10)
Match the correct Answer:

Amendment 1  Bail, fines, punishment        
Amendment 2   States' rights
Amendment 3    Search and arrest
Amendment 4    Rights in criminal cases
Amendment 5  Rights in civil cases
Amendment 6  Right to a fair trial
Amendment 7     Rights retained by the People
Amendment 8       Quartering of soldiers
Amendment 9                         Right to bear arms
Amendment 10     Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly
Did you know our system of Government was adapted from tribes of Native Americans?
I feel that regardless of subject, if one is to boast about knowledge, one should be knowledgeable.

Here are some interesting things about our history.

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