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United States Constitution Bingo
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There are sufficient inquiries for three complete bingo games. Most classes will complete two games in an ordinary period. Everything is given, including the sheets for download and duplication.
Functions well as a US Constitution test review.
- to examine the institutions created by the US Constitution;
- to review the setting and purpose of the Constitutional convention of 1787;
- to identify the anti-Federalists and summarize their arguments against the Constitution’s ratification;
- to describe the debate surrounding ratification of the Constitution;
- to analyze features of the Constitution and powers of Congress, the President and the Supreme Court;
- to explain and cite examples of the system of checks and balances;
- to analyze how the Constitution both divides and limits the powers of government;
- to determine how powers are separated within the functioning of government;
- to define and cite examples of states’ rights;
- to define federalism and explain examples;
- to identify James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.
First, Seat your students in rows. They should not be able to see one another’s Bingo boards.
2. Be certain that you have reproduced Bingo boards for all students. In our experience, a class can play up to three Bingo games within a 40-45 minute period.
3. Distribute Bingo boards to all students or place them on desks before students arrive if possible.
4. Tell the students to number the boxes of their Bingo boards randomly, 1-25, by writing a number on the line in the top left corner of the box. Each student should then have their own unique Bingo board for that game.
5. To play the game, randomly select a number between 1-25 and call it out to students. For example, call out “Box 6” and then write a “6” on a sheet of paper next to you for your Answer Key. This will help you avoid re-reading the same question.
6. Students shall locate Box 6 on their boards. Next, you read out the first question from the Master List. Students shall listen to the question, and then write their answer to it in the Box 6 on their boards.
7. Again, randomly select a number 1-25, but not 6 this time, and again write that number below the 6 on your answer key for the next question.
8. Play bingo in this manner. Tell students to shout Bingo if they get 5 boxes in a row, 5 down or 5 diagonal.
9. When a student claims Bingo, have them read out the Box Numbers that comprise their bingo. Students must now say out their answer to each question from their 5 bingo boxes. If one of the student’s answers is incorrect, don’t give the right answer. Simply tell him or her it’s incorrect and continue the game. Confirm a correct answer but do not supply it if the student gets it wrong. If the student is fully correct with all 5 answers, award them the victory.
10. Students can steal correct answers that they didn’t have during this process.
11. Play until someone reaches a full Bingo with all correct 5 correct answers. Consider giving a prize such as a small confection or a homework pass.
12. During the game, youngsters can get raucous. Remind them that extraneous chatter slows the game down.
13. At the end of the first game, make a mark on the last question you used from the Master List, so you can keep track and pick up the next game where you left off.
14. Bingo Games can vary in duration; in other words, sometimes a keen youngster will win in just a few minutes; other times, the game may last 20 or so. Be ready for either. If time allows, start a new game, beginning with the question that you left off with.
Questions for Constitution Bingo. This is a Master List. Be certain to announce a box number before reading a question out. Students should not have internet access during the game unless you allow it. Constitutional references are provided in the answers but are not required of students.
***What is the minimum age for a president? 35, Article 2, section 5
***What is the introduction to the Constitution called? The Preamble
***The Constitution requires the president to report to Congress periodically on the status of the nation. What is this mandatory report called? The State of the Union Address, Article 2, section 3
***What was America’s first constitution called? The Articles of Confederation
***Federal judges serve how long of a term of office under the Constitution? “during good behavior” (Note: do not accept “for life” as answer to this. It is incorrect), Article 3, section 1
***What is the longest a current president can serve? 10 years. (explanation: Amendment 22, no person can be elected to the office of President more than twice or serve more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President. Therefore, the total length of time that any person could serve as President is ten years.)
***The president may create executive departments. What are these executive departments called? the cabinet
***How many states in 1788 had to ratify the Constitution for it to become law of the land? 9 out of 13 states
***What is the term for the power of government to seize private property so long as a fair price is paid to the owner? eminent domain, Amendment 5
***What is the term for a law that goes back in time to punish something that was legal at the time? These are unconstitutional. ex post facto laws, Article 1, section 9, clause 3
***James Madison was the sole delegate at the constitutional convention who took notes. He insisted that his notes be published only after his death. In what year were James Madison’s Notes on the Federal Convention published? 1840
***According to the Constitution, what was the first year that Congress could regulate or prohibit the slave trade? 1808, Article 1, section 9
***What fraction of the Senate is required to ratify a foreign treaty? two-thirds, Article 2, section 2, clause 2
***What is the term for a presidential rejection of the bill passed by Congress? the veto
***When the president rejects a bill, what must the president then give to Congress? a veto message or “reasons for objection” Article 1, section 7, clause 2
***What percentage of state legislatures are required to ratify a constitutional amendment? three-fourths, Article 5
***Congress cannot suspend this, “unless when in times of invasion or rebellion the public safety may require it” habeas corpus, Article 1, section 9, clause 2
***What clause of the Constitution required northern states to return runaway slaves? the fugitive slave clause, Art. 4, section 2, clause 3
***Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution specifies the power of Congress. Its 18th clause is commonly known as…the elastic clause
*** The 18th clause of Article 1, section 8 empowers Congress to make all laws ” _________ and _________” for carrying out its specified powers. “necessary and proper”
***When someone commits a crime in one state and is apprehended in another, what is the term for returning the criminal defendant to the original state to be prosecuted? State governors exercise this power. extradition, Article 4, section 2, clause 2
***What was the only constitutional amendment to repealed? the 18th amendment
***For what exact crimes made the president be impeached? “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors” Article 2, section 4
***What does the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court administer before someone may become president? the “oath of office”, Article 2 section 1, clause 8
***Which branch of government would have to agree for America to switch to the metric system of weights and measures? Congress, the legislative branch, article 1 section 8, clause 5
***Which amendment to the Constitution requires police and government officials to present a search warrant prior to searching property of the citizen? the Fourth Amendment
***What does the federal government guaranteed to the states according to the Constitution? a republican form of government, Art. 4, section 4
***Who was the oldest delegate at the 1787 constitutional convention? He was its spiritual advisor. Benjamin Franklin
***Name the group of Americans in 1787 and 1788 who were opposed to the ratification of the Constitution. the anti-Federalists
***Give their pseudonym, or pen name, during the publication of these essays. Publius
***Name the state whose ratification in June of 1788 meant that the Constitution became law of the land. New Hampshire
***Name the famous Virginia firebrand who led the fight against the Constitution in that state. Patrick Henry
***Give the term for the power of the courts to nullify or overturn acts of Congress if the act violates the Constitution. judicial review
***According to the Constitution what is the sole official duty of the vice president? to act as president of the Senate, Article 1, section 3, clause 4
***What feature of the Constitution requires all state judges to be bound by federal laws? the supremacy clause, Article 6, section 2
***Who is the highest officer in the House of Representatives? the Speaker of the House, article 1, section 2, clause 5
***If the vice president is absent, who is president of the Senate? the president pro tempore of the Senate, Article 1, section 5, clause 5
***When the president or vice president are impeached, what institution of government holds the trial for removal? the Senate, Article 1, section 3, clause 6
***How long is the term of office for a Senator? 6 years, Article 1, section 3, clause 2
***What is the minimum age for a US Senator? 30 years, Article 1, section 3, clause 3
***What is the term for the division of powers between federal and state governments? federalism
***What institution is the only one that can institute new tax measures? The House of Representatives, Article 1, section 7, clause 1
***The Constitution requires that the population be counted every ten years. What is this counting called? the census, Article 1, section 2, clause 3
***The president is this of the army and navy. “commander in chief” Article 2, section 2, clause 1
***What is the only crime specified in the Constitution? treason, Article 3, section 3
***If the president rejects a bill, Congress can re-vote. If the vote reaches 2/3, the bill is passed into law. What is this re-vote called? a veto override, Article 1, section 7, clause 2
***Congress can issue these to inventors and scientists to secure their rights to their discoveries a patent, Art. I, sec 8, clause 8
***What amendment protects a criminal suspect’s right to a trial by a jury before being convicted of a crime? Amendment 5
***When a criminal defendant refuses to testify in court in his own trial, what amendment is he invoking? The Fifth Amendment
***How many people are currently members of the United States Congress? 535
***What is the term for a two-house legislature? bicameral
***What term in the Preamble refers to the people of the future? “our posterity”
***What must someone do to commit treason according to the Constitution? “give aid and comfort to the enemy” Article 3, section 3, clause 1
***How many witnesses does the Constitution require for someone to be convicted of an act of treason? two witnesses to the same act, Article 3, section 3
*** These are laws passed by a legislature that declare someone, or a group, automatically guilty of a crime without a trial and then punishing them. It is unconstitutional for a state to enact one. bill of attainder, Article 1, section 10, clause 1
*** According to the Constitution, how long does the president have to sign or reject a bill once it has been presented by Congress? ten days. Article 1, Section 7, clause 2
***Name the two presidents who have been impeached under the rules of Article 2, section 4? Andrew Johnson, 1868 and Bill Clinton, 1998
***Congress can issue a”hunting license” that authorizes individuals to capture and keep enemy vessels and their cargo. This is specified in Article 1, section 8. What is this authorization called? “a letter of marque” Article 1, section 8, clause 11
***What fraction of a house of Congress is required to expel a member? two-thirds, Article 1, section 5, clause 2
*** The Constitution requires that each house keep a journal of its proceedings. What is this journal called? The Congressional Record, Article 1, section 5, clause 3
*** Name the President whose seizure of private steel mills during the Korean War was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and overturned? President Harry Truman
*** Name the only president to resign from office. Richard Nixon, 1974
*** What amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War? The Thirteenth Amendment
***What is the body called that actually elects the president? It meets the month after the general popular election. the electoral college, Amendment 12; Article 2, section 2
***New York state’s ratification vote in 1788 was quite close. The Federalists won by only 3 votes, 30-27 in favor. Who led the fight for ratification in New York? Alexander Hamilton
*** What kind of test may never be applied to a candidate running for office in America. “religious test,” Article 6, section 3
***Identify the case that established the power of the Supreme Court to overturn acts of Congress. Marbury vs. Madison, 1803
***What is the minimum age for a Supreme court Justice? none, the Constitution does not specify
***What are the first words of the Constitution? We the People, Preamble
***If someone wins an election by cheating, can the Congress reject the results of that election and refuse to seat him or her? yes, Article 1, section 5, clause 1
***It is illegal to do what to a Senator or Representative while they are in attendance of their house of Congress? arrest them, Article 1, section 6, clause 1
***Congress has the power under Article 1, section 8 to create a federal capital city. What is this city called? The District of Columbia
***The President appoints people to represent America in other nations of the world? What are those diplomats called? ambassadors, Article 2, section 2, clause 2
***What kinds of tax may Congress never pass, according to the Constitution? a tax on exports from any state, Article 1, section 9, clause 5
***What amendment number guaranteed women the right to vote in all elections in America? The 19th Amendment, 1919
***What can the president issue to anyone to protect that person from federal criminal charges or to release them from prison. This power is specified to the president in the Constitution. the power to grant pardon and reprieves, Article 2, section 2, clause 1
***Of the 55 delegates at the Constitutional Convention, how many actually signed the document? 39, Article 7
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Constitution Day Bingo
This September 17th, join the New York Public Library for virtual Citizenship and U.S. History Bingo! This is open to everyone even if you are not studying for the Naturalization Test.
On September 17, 1787, the United States signed the U.S. Constitution. Now, every year Constitution Day (also known as Citizenship Day) is celebrated every 17th of September to highlight the anniversary of the signing as well as celebrate those people who have become U.S. Citizens.
This is an online event and will be held on Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent out the day before.
- Audience: Adults, College & Graduate Students, English Language Learners, Immigrants
The New York Public Library hosts events online, in person, and/or outdoors. The following information applies to online events.
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