Quiz: How well do you know the US Constitution

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SALT LAKE CITY -- In reports over the past two nights, KSL News has presented perspectives on the United States Constitution. But how much to you really know about the foundational document upon which our government is based?

KSL's Bruce Lindsay offers a short quiz:

  1. In the preamble to the Constitution, the framers declared "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." True or False? [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  2. The Constitution guarantees all citizens life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. True or False? [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  3. True or False: The word democracy never appears in the Constitution. [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  4. James Madison proposed 12 amendments to the Constitution, 10 of which became the Bill of Rights. True or False? [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  5. The Bill of Rights guarantees there will be no taxation without representation. True or False? [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  6. True or False: The language of the Constitution bequeaths to us a government "of the people, by the people, for the people." [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  7. True or False: Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  8. Patrick Henry was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but he refused to go. True or False? [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  9. True or False: At Benjamin Franklin's suggestion, sessions of the Constitutional Convention opened with prayer. [CLICK HERE for the answer]
  10. The Constitution is so brief, you could read it out loud in about half an hour. True or False? [CLICK HERE for the answer]

CLICK HERE for more quizzes to test your knowledge of the Constitution.


  1. That's false. The phrase comes from the Declaration of Independence.
  2. False. That's the Declaration of Independence again.
  3. True. That's right, it's not in there!
  4. True
  5. False. It was a popular colonial slogan, but it never found its way into the Constitution or its amendments.
  6. False. But it's a memorable phrase from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
  7. True. He did not. Jefferson was in France during the Constitutional Convention.
  8. True. Henry thought the delegates were up to no good.
  9. False. Actually, the delegates declined Franklin's motion because they didn't have money to hire a chaplain.
  10. True -- so maybe you ought to try it some time! [CLICK HERE to read the U.S. Constitution]


E-mail: blindsay@ksl.com

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