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Do You Really Know the U.S. Constitution?
by Staff
The U.S. Constitution is a document with a history, and most of us learn all about it in school -- well, maybe not all about it. This Constitution Day, test your knowledge of some lesser-known facts about the U.S. Constitution.

Patrick Henry turned down an invitation to the Constitutional Convention because:

  • He was in ill health.
  • He was going to be in France at that time.
  • He didn't trust it.

How many words make up the main body of the Constitution?

  • 4,400
  • 16,010
  • 450

Which national holiday did George Washington proclaim should honor the success of the Constitution?

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Constitution Day

The Constitutional Convention was convened in which season:

  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer

Which of the Founding Fathers did not sign the Constitution?

  • George Washington and John Adams
  • Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

The framers of the Constitution met with the original purpose of:

  • revising the Articles of Confederation
  • creating a new U.S. Constitution
  • debating the role of slavery in the new country

What was the longest period in which the fewest Constitutional amendments were passed?

  • 11 years
  • 21 years
  • 61 years

How many times have legislators tried to remove the Electoral College requirement from the Constitution?

  • 20
  • 200
  • 500

Which of these was a common reason why many Americans didn't initially support the new Constitution?

  • It was too short.
  • It had no Bill of Rights.
  • It did not abolish slavery.

Which state name is misspelled in the signature section of the Constitution?

  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Florida

How many U.S. presidents signed the Constitution?

  • 2
  • 4
  • 6

The word "democracy" never actually appears in the U.S. Constitution.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

The Bill of Rights was written and ratified at the same time as the U.S. Constitution.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Other than English, which language appears in the U.S. Constitution?

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Where can you go and view the original U.S. Constitution today?

  • National Archives
  • Library of Congress
  • White House

Where was the Constitution written?

  • Philadelphia
  • Washington
  • New York

Who is known as the "Father of the Constitution?"

  • George Washington
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • James Madison

Which state boycotted the Constitutional Convention?

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

Who was the oldest delegate to sign the U.S. Constitution?

  • George Washington
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • James Madison

Who has the final authority to interpret the Constitution?

  • Supreme Court
  • President
  • Congress

How many articles does the Constitution contain?

  • 7
  • 9
  • 11

What did the Connecticut Compromise result in?

  • abolition of slavery
  • right of women to vote
  • Congress divided into two houses

The Constitution specifically banned slavery when it was signed in 1787.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What name was given to the series of documents designed to win support for the Constitution among the public?

  • Virginia Plan
  • Federalist Papers
  • Magna Carta

How many Constitutional amendments have been repealed through 2016?

  • 1
  • 3
  • 7

Which of the following is not part of the Bill of Rights?

  • voting rights for African Americans
  • freedom of press
  • right to bear arms

Who was the president of the Constitutional Convention?

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • James Madison
  • George Washington

The Constitution originally did not start with the famous line, "We the People of the United States…"

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Why did the delegates reject the idea of opening the convention with prayer?

  • They were mostly atheists.
  • They couldn't afford to.
  • They wanted to keep religion out of government.

What day is recognized as Constitution Day?

  • September 17th
  • July 4th
  • May 26th