The US Constitution 6 gUIDED READING QUESTIONS

The Constitution is a written document, based on principles, rules, fundamentals, and tenets. The constitution was written in the month of September, 17, 1787 for the people of America. They also wrote the constitution so that they could make equal power to the states; this helped them stay as far from a monarchy as possible. The constitution grates American citizen basic writes.

Limited Goverment

Limited government states that government only has the power of the constitution gives it. This means that the government only has as much power as the constitution gives it. In article 2, section 2, clause 1 the constitution states no one in the the us shall be appointed an elector if he/she works in another branch. This means that an elector can't work in two branches at the same time. In article 1, 3rd amendment Freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly petition, is given to every american citizen. This grants a lot of basic rights to any American citizen no matter there age of religion.

Separation of Power

Separation of powers helps keep/maintain power between or among the branches. In article 2, section 2, clause 1 the constitution states that the president can not make laws. This helps maintain power between the branches by not allowing the president to make any law that he or she pleases. Instead of this the president can only pass laws. In Article 1, section, 3, clause 4 the constitution states that senators can only have a term of six years. This spreads power among the branches by limiting the term.

Federalism

The principle of federalism divides power between states and the federal government. Power is denied to states, for example In article 1, section 10, clause 1 power is denied to the states. This means that they can't print there own money. Another example of how power is divided between states is in Article 1, section 9, cl 5 the constitution states that powers denied congress (Federal government can't create state taxes).

Popular Sovereignty

Popular sovereignty states the people are the source of government power. In the preamble the constitution states "we the people". This means that the people have the say when it comes to the government. If there are no people than the government can not exist.

Representative Goverment

Representative government Citizens elect representatives to make laws for America. Article.1, Section.2, Clause. 2 the constitution states that when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen. In Article.1, Section. 2, Clause. 2 people vote every to years for a representatives.

Checks and Balances

The principles of checks and balances means each branch of government can limit the power of the other two. In Article.1, Section.2, Clause. 4; the Constitution states that the branch can limit power. In Article.1, Section.2, Clause.2 the constitution states that the president can not make laws. This helps limit power between the branches and keeps the government far from monarchy.

1. How many branches of government are there?

2. Who wrote the constitution?

3. What does "we are the people" mean?

4. In your opinion which is more important the right to vote, or the right to bare arms. Explain why in 2-3 sentences.

5. What changes to the constitution would you make if you could do so.

6. What was the reason for the Constitution being written. Explain in 3-4 sentences.

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