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Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17.

The day is set aside to commemorate the development and signing of the country’s most important document, which for more than 230 years has stood as both the plan for the American system of government and through its 27 Amendments, a summary of the political principles of generations of Americans.

Many citizens have a limited understanding of American history and our unique form of constitutional government. Without this knowledge, how can we expect them to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

This quiz, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and those who drafted it.


1. Which of the following provisions in the Bill of Rights fueled the most discussion during the debates in the First Congress?

2. Which of the following are stated goals in the Preamble to the Constitution?

3. Which is the only state delegation to have a perfect attendance record at the Constitutional Convention?

4. Which of the following two delegates at the Constitutional Convention were directly related to each other?

5. According to The Federalist Papers, in a representative democracy the people should “indulge all their jealousy and exhaust all their precautions” against which branch of government?

6. James Madison, in The Federalist Papers, identifies which of the following as the most common and durable source of faction?

7. In which city was the Constitution signed on September 17, 1787?

8. What was the average age of the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution?

9. The Northwest Ordinance, passed in July 1787 by the second Continental Congress, specifically banned which of the following from the Northwest Territories?

10. Which of the following events had a direct influence on the call for a Constitutional Convention?


Answers:  1-B, 2-C, 3-D, 4-B, 5-A, 6-B, 7-B, 8-A, 9-D, 10-C


About the Writer

Gordon Lloyd is a senior fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and author of the Ashbrook Center’s compendium “The Constitutional Convention: Core Documents.” He wrote this for

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