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The Constitution Scavenger Hunt
Objective 1.2
Directions: Read the situations below. Then use the Constitution to answer the
questions. Be sure to label what part of the Constitution you used to complete
your answer.
1. 1. Mr. Smith would like to run a Senate seat in Massachusetts. He is 49
years old and has been a citizen of the United States all his life. He
currently lives in New York and is registered to vote in this state. He
owns property in Massachusetts and visits there occasionally. Can Mr.
Smith run for the Massachusetts Senate seat? Why or Why not?
Example: Mr. Smith would NOT be allowed to run for the Senate seat in
Massachusetts because the Constitution requires that one be a resident of the
state you wish to represent. He is a resident of New York, not Massachusetts.
2. The president is trying to balance the budget to begin reducing the
national debt. One part of his plan is to raise income taxes. Into which
house of Congress must the president try to get his tax increase bill
introduced to see if it becomes law? Why?
Article _____ Section _____ Clause _____
3. Supreme Court Justice Henderson is alleged to have accepted a bribe in a
case concerning a large corporation.
If the allegation is true, can
Justice Henderson be removed from office? Explain. Article _____ Section
_____ Clause _____
4. In 1816 the Supreme Court ruled that it has the power to overturn state
laws if those laws violate the U.S. Constitution. What part of the
Constitution could the justices have used to support their claim? Explain.
Article _____ Section _____ Clause _____
5. A large number of citizens in the United States want a Constitutional
Amendment passed that would force the U.S. government to deport all
illegal immigrants.
However, the people cannot get a single member of
Congress to introduce this amendment. Is there any legal way the people
can bypass the Congress and still get the amendment passed? Explain.
Article _____ Section _____ Clause _____
Name: _______________________________________________
6. The following are possible topic of bills that might be presented to
Congress. Determine whether Congress has the power to deal with each topic
and explain why or why not.
a. Congress raises the national debt ceiling by $1 billion. Article
_______ Section _____ Clause______
b. Congress wishes to give one of the nation’s oldest and most
respected ambassadors the title of “duke” in recognition of her
service to the country. Article _______ Section _____ Clause______
7. Mr. Claussen was accused of treason during the War In Iraq. During his
trial, the prosecution brought
forward one witness against him.
witness testified that she saw Mr. Claussen giving “aid and comfort” to
the enemy.
Based on this testimony, Mr. Claussen was convicted.
Although Congress had declared that the punishment for treason would be
life imprisonment, Mr. Claussen’s crime was considered so severe that the
judge presiding
at his trial ordered him to be put to death my lethal
In addition, Mr. Claussen’s wife and children had their
citizenship revoked and were denied the right to inherit his property.
Article _______ Section _____ Clause______
8. The United States has just been attacked by a foreign country.
Congress can declare war against that country, but Congress has finished
up its business for the year and adjourned. What power, if any, does the
president have to act in this emergency?
Article _____ Section _____ Clause ______
9. The citizens of Wyoming vote a governor into office who secretly wants to
turn his state into a dictatorship. After her takes office, the governor
abolishes elections and makes himself rule for life.
Members of the
Wyoming State Senate secretly contact the President of the United States
Name: _______________________________________________
for help.
The president orders the governor to restore republican
government to Wyoming, and moves federal troops to the state’s border.
Does the president have the power to take such actions? Explain. Article
_____ Section _____ Clause _____
Handout: Defining Federalism--Results of the Great Compromise
Handout: Defining Federalism--Results of the Great Compromise