The Process of Amending the Constitution


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A first-term congressman is delivering a speech in Congress and states: 'Today, on June the first, 2016, we will change the American Constitution for the fiftieth time based on Article V of our great nation's Constitution. After this house agrees on the wording of the bill, the president will sign it, and we will have a constitutional amendment that will allow us to far more efficiently monitor the work of the NSA.' Which of the following parts the congressman's speech was correct?

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1. A group of citizens wants to amend the Constitution. Taking into account how to most efficiently conduct the process, which of the following course of action should they take?

2. What does ratification mean in the context of a constitutional amendment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several requirements to ratifying a Constitutional amendment, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • First step in ratifying an amendment
  • How many states must approve a proposed amendment
  • Process of developing a new constitution
  • Role of Congress in the ratification process

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on how to amend the U.S. Constitution
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as joint resolution and constitutional convention
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Bill of Rights
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the proposal and approval of an amendment

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on How to Amend the Constitution. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the process through which the U.S. Constitution is amended
  • Understand the required steps in proposing an amendment
  • Recognize the ratification process
  • Know the amendments included in the Bill of Rights