AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 101

American government – at the federal, state, county, city/town and school levels — affects most aspects of Americans’ lives, from air and water quality, to the safety of neighborhoods, cars, food and toys, to the availability of jobs, credit, health care, education, and much more.  How much do you know about American government? 

1. The United States has a __________________ democracy.

 
 
 
 
 

2. The United States has a __________________ form of government, which divides power between a national government and state governments.

 
 
 
 
 

3. A legislature or congress is composed of the representatives or politicians who propose and develop laws to govern and benefit the citizens of a democracy. The United States has a ______________ legislature composed of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, together otherwise known as the U.S. Congress.

 
 
 
 
 

4. True or False? The U.S. government is divided into three branches: the executive (the U.S. President, their Cabinet and executive departments), the federalist (the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives), and the judiciary (the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts).

 
 

5. True or False? According to the U.S. Constitution, a U.S. citizen must be at least 25 years old to be a U.S. Representative, at least 30 years old to be a U.S. Senator, and at least 35 years old to be a U.S. President.