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Constitution Day: Celebrate with a quiz

By Gene Policinski
First Amendment Center executive director
09.15.06

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The Bill of Rights was adopted more than four years after the U.S. Constitution was adopted by Congress in 1787 as 10 amendments designed to spell out the inalienable rights of the people and to specify limits on the government’s authority.

The annual observance of Constitution Day — Sept. 18 this year — honors both of those documents and more, and can remind us all of the “nation of laws” that they helped create and protect.

Just a few of the many Web sites available for information and activities related to Constitution Day:

Worth noting is that among the rights illuminated by the Bill of Rights is the right to dissent — and that extends even to this day. By law, every school and college that receives federal money must teach about the Constitution on or near Constitution Day. But some constitutional law scholars consider it “unconstitutional” for the federal government to mandate such a program.

Still, in the overall spirit of Monday’s celebration, here’s a quick opinion quiz based on the First Amendment Center’s annual State of the First Amendment national sampling.

(Click on this link and print the survey:
State of the First Amendment/Constitution Day survey)

With the exception of Question #1 (which asks you to name the freedoms in the First Amendment) there are no “right” or “wrong” responses.

You can take the quiz yourself and/or use it to sample friends, family or colleagues on how they feel about freedom. Then compare those responses with how the American public has responded on the same questions.

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