Oakdale High School
United States Government
U. S. Constitution Worksheet
1. We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish
justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the
general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do
ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America. The preceding
words are the Preamble to the United States Constitution. List each of the underlined
clauses and then briefly discuss how the United States Government today performs
each of those functions (i.e. establish justice).
2. Under Article 1, what is the minimum age required to serve in the House of
Representatives? How long must that person have been a citizen of the U.S.?
3. According to Section 3 of Article 1, how long is a senator elected to serve?
4. In the original language of Section 3, Article 1, who selected the senators for each state?
Is that the system used today? If not, what system of electing United States senators is
5. According to Section 3 of Article 1, who is the President of the Senate? What, if any,
restrictions does the Constitution place on his role in the Senate?
6. According to Section 3 of Article 1, who presides over the Senate in the absence of the
individual indicated in the previous question?
7. According to Section 3 of Article 1, if the President of the United States is impeached
and the Senate sits as a jury, who shall preside? What percentage of the Senate must
vote for conviction for the President to be removed from office?
According to Section 7 of Article 1, all bills for raising revenue shall originate in which
house of Congress?
9. According to Section 7 of Article 1, if the President vetoes a bill passed by both houses
of Congress, the Congress can reconsider and override the veto by a vote of ____ of
10. A bill will automatically become law if the President has not signed it within________
after it has been presented to him. Unless ____________________________________.
11. Why do you think that the writers of the Constitution outlined the Legislature in Article 1
and the Executive in Article 2?
12. Based on Section 1 of Article 2, list 3 primary qualifications a person must meet to be
elected President of the United States.
13. According to Section 2 of Article 2, what is the President’s primary military power?
14. According to Article 3, Section 1, how long do Supreme Court justices hold their offices?
15. According to Article 4, Section 3, if people in Northern California wanted to become a
separate state from Southern California, could they? If they could, who would have to
approve the formation of the new states?
16. Which amendment to the Constitution holds that no one can be compelled to be a
witness against himself?
17. Which amendment to the Constitution states that any powers not specifically delegated
to the United States are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people? What
does this amendment mean?
18. According to Section 2 of the 14th Amendment, a person cannot be deprived of life,
liberty, or property without ____ _______ __ ___ _____.”
19. List and describe three amendments to the Constitution that specifically address the
right to vote.
20. Which amendment to the Constitution prohibited President Clinton from running for a
third term in office? When was that amendment ratified by ¾ of the states? Why do you
think the American people passed that amendment at that particular time?
Part II. Match the amendment noted in Column A with the correct summary of what it does in
1. Fourth Amendment
A. National voting rights to women
2. Seventh Amendment
3. Eighth Amendment
B. Changed Article II regarding the manner of choosing
the President and Vice-President
C. Lowered the voting age to 18
4. Tenth Amendment
D. Right to a trial by jury
5. Twelfth Amendment
E. U. S. senators elected by direct popular vote
6. Fifteenth Amendment
F. Protection from unreasonable search and seizure
7. Sixteenth Amendment
G. Limited the President’s term in office
8. Seventeenth Amendment
9. Nineteenth Amendment
H. Any powers not directly given to the national
government, reserved for the states
I. Barred poll taxes in federal elections
10. Twenty-second Amendment
J. Authorized collecting federal income taxes
11. Twenty-fourth Amendment
K. Outlawed excessive bail or fines; cruel or unusual
L. Outlined procedures for presidential disability and
12. Twenty-fifth Amendment
13. Twenty-sixth Amendment
M. Gave African American males the right to vote