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#AmericanTrivia Who wrote the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution?

Who wrote the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution?

James Madison, when a member of the House of Representatives, wrote the Bill of Rights in 1789. He modeled it on the Virginia Bill of Rights drafted by George Mason and adopted by Virginia in 1776.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia How many amendments does the US Constitution have?

How many amendments does the US Constitution have?

Our constitution, the oldest written constitution in use in the world, has 27 amendments. Ten of those amendments, the Bill of Rights, were proposed by Congress in 1789 and ratified by the states by 1791.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Why did patriot Patrick Henry oppose the adoption of the US Constitution in 1788?

Why did patriot Patrick Henry oppose the adoption of the US Constitution in 1788?

Henry, who had been a delegate to the Continental Congress and a supporter of George Washington during the war, felt the Constitution did not do enough to guarantee the rights of states and individuals.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia How many states had to ratify the Constitution for it to become the law of the land, and how long did that process take?

How many states had to ratify the Constitution for it to become the law of the land, and how long did that process take?

Delaware, on December 7, 1787, became the first state to ratify the Constitution. New Hampshire, the ninth and last required, ratified on June 21, 1788. In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state to ratify.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia The framers of the Constitution wanted to limit the power of government and secure the liberty of citizens. How did they do this?

The framers of the Constitution wanted to limit the power of government and secure the liberty of citizens. How did they do this?

They created a balance of powers between the executive, the legislative, and the judicial parts of the government. These three divisions create checks and balances between the three functions.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia How did the framers of the Constitution solve the problem of the balance of power between the small states and the large states?

How did the framers of the Constitution solve the problem of the balance of power between the small states and the large states?

They created a bicameral (two-house) legislature. In the House of Representatives, members provide representation for equal numbers of citizens. Senators (two per state) provide equal representation for the states.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia What controversies between the states had to be addressed in the writing of the Constitution?

What controversies between the states had to be addressed in the writing of the Constitution?

The Constitution set basic rules for the contest for power among the states. The questions of Central government vs. states’ rights, small states vs. large states, and slaveholding states vs. free states all had to be considered.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia What document did the US Constitution replace?

What document did the US Constitution replace?

The members of the Constitutional Convention intended to revise the Articles of Confederation, which were written in 1781 to form a framework for government. They soon realized that a whole new document was required.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia How long did it take the 56 men attending the Constitutional Convention to create the document at the center of our system of government?

How long did it take the 56 men attending the Constitutional Convention to create the document at the center of our system of government?

The Constitutional Convention began May 25, 1787, in Philadelphia. On September 17, 39 of the men in attendance signed the completed document. George Washington, as president of the convention, signed first.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Benjamin Franklin thought the bald eagle “a bird of bad moral character” because it stole food from other birds. Which bird did he favor?

Benjamin Franklin thought the bald eagle “a bird of bad moral character” because it stole food from other birds. Which bird did he favor?

Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be out national bird. The turkey “is in comparison

a much more respectable bird . . . though a little vain & silly, a bird of Courage.”

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.