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Name: __________________________________________ Date: _____________________ Block: _______
ARTICLE 1
The Legislative Branch
Directions: Complete the following outline of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution by filling in the missing information of the different sections
and clauses. Refer to the Constitution found on pages 136-142 in your textbook.
Article 1: The Legislative Branch
SECTION 1: __________________________________
 The Constitution gives _______________ the power to _______________
SECTION 2: _________________________
Clause 1: Election of Members

Members of the __________________ are elected every ________ years
Clause 2: Qualifications
 Members of the ___________________ must be at least ___________ years old, an American
______________ for at least _______ years, and a ______________ of the state he or she represents.
Clause 5: Officers; Impeachment

Only the ____________________ has the power to ___________________
SECTION 3: ____________________________________
Clause 1: Composition; Term


Each state has __________ senators.
Each ________________ serves for __________ years
Clause 2: Classification; Filling Vacancies

Every two years _____________ of the ___________ runs for reelection.
Clause 3: Qualifications
 A senator must be at least _______________ years old, an American citizen for at least ___________
years, and a ______________________ of the state he or she represents.
SECTION 4: ________________________________
Clause 2: Sessions
 Congress must meet at least ______________________ a year.
SECTION 5: _________________________________
Clause 1: Organization

A quorum is: __________________________________________________________
Clause 2: Rules
 A member of Congress can only be forced out by a _____________________ vote.
Clause 4: Adjournment
 Neither house can stop meeting for more than ________________ days without the approval of the
other house
 Both houses of Congress must meet in the same _____________________.
SECTION 6: ___________________________________
Clause 1: Salaries; Immunities
 A member of Congress cannot be ______________ for anything he or she says on the
____________________ of Congress. This allows for ________________ of debate.
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SECTION 7: __________________________________
Clause 2: How a Bill Becomes a Law; the Veto

A proposed law is known as a _________________

The _____________________ can ______________, or reject a bill by sending it back to the house
where it was introduced.

Congress can override the President’s _______________ if each house of Congress passes the bill again
by a ____________________ vote
SECTION 8: __________________________________
Clause 1
 Congress has the power to ______________ and spend _________________ money.
Clause 3
 Congress can regulate foreign and interstate _____________________
Clause 5
 Congress has the power to coin _______________________
SECTION 9: _________________________________
Clause 2: Writ of Habeas Corpus

A _________________________ protects people from unlawful imprisonment.
Clause 3: Bills of Attainder; Ex Post Facto

Congress cannot pass a ___________________ or _____________________ laws.
Clause 6: Special Preference for Trade
 Congress cannot make laws that _________________________________ over another.
SECTION 10: ________________________
Clause 1: Unconditional Prohibitions
 Congress prohibited states from making ________________ or __________ money.
Uses the glossary or index to define each of the following words on the line provided or refer to the article location
represented in parentheses below:
1.
Impeach: l _________________________________________________________________
2.
Writ of habeas corpus (Art. 1, Sect. 9, Cl. 2) :
__________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
3.
Bill of attainder (Art. 1, Sect. 9, Cl. 3): l
___________________________________________________________________________
4.
Ex post facto law (Art. 1, Sect. 9, Cl. 3): l
___________________________________________________________________________
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Name: _____________________________ Date: _____________________ Block: _______
ARTICLE 2
The Executive Branch
Directions: Complete the following outline of Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution by filling in the missing information of the different sections
and clauses. Refer to the Constitution found on pages 142-144 in your textbook.
Article 2: The Executive Branch
SECTION 1: _________________________________
Clause 1: ______________________
 The president is responsible for _________________________, or carrying out the laws passed by
Congress.
Clause 2: ___________________
 Directs each state to choose _____________________, or delegates to the ____________________ to
vote for ___________________
Clause 3: _________________________________________________
Clause 4: ____________________________
 The candidate for President who wins the __________________________ vote in each state wins that
state’s _____________________________ votes.
Clause 5: __________________________________
 The President must be a citizen of the United States from ______________, at least _________ years
old, and a _______________ of the country for ________ years.
Clause 6: ____________________________
 The powers of the President pass to the ___________________________ if the President leaves office
or cannot discharge his or her duties.
Clause 7: _______________________
 The President’s salary cannot be _________________ or _____________ during his or her term of
office.
Clause 8: _____________________
 The President must promise to ________________ and __________ the Constitution.
SECTION 2: ______________________________
Clause 1: _______________________________

The president is the head of the _________________________ and the state militias.

The president has the power to grant a _________________ or a ________________
Clause 2: __________________________

The president has the power to make ______________________ with other nations.
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Clause 3: ___________________________

If the _____________________ is in recess the president can fill vacant posts by making
_______________________ appointments.
SECTION 3: _________________________________
 Every year the President must give Congress a report on the nation, now called the
__________________________________
SECTION 4: ______________________________
 The President, Vice President, and others can be forced out of office if _____________ and found guilty
of certain crimes.
Uses the glossary or index to define each of the following words on the line provided or refer to the article location
represented in parentheses below:
1.
Electoral College: l _________________________________________________________
2.
Misdemeanor: l ____________________________________________________________
3.
Executive Branch: l _________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
4.
Electors (Art. 2, Sect.2, Cl. 2): l
___________________________________________________________________________
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Name: _____________________________ Date: _____________________ Block: ____
ARTICLE 3
The Judicial Branch
Directions: Complete the following outline of Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution by filling in the missing information of the different sections
and clauses. Refer to the Constitution found on pages 144-145 in your textbook.
Article 3: The Judicial Branch
SECTION 1: ____________________________

The Constitution creates the _________________________, but lets Congress decide on the
___________________ of the __________________________

Federal judges hold their offices for ____________________
SECTION 2: ______________________________
Clause 1: _____________________________

In __________________ v. ____________________ the Supreme Court established the right to judge
whether a law is constitutional.
Clause 2: __________________________

The Supreme Court mainly acts as an ___________________________
Clause 3: _________________________

A trial by jury is guaranteed to anyone accused of a federal crime, EXCEPT those cases dealing with
__________________________
SECTION 3: ____________________________
Clause 1: _____________________________

A person can be convicted of treason only if he or she ____________________ or two
_______________________ testify to it.
Clause 2: __________________________
Uses the glossary or index to define each of the following words on the line provided or refer to the article location
represented in parentheses below:
1.
Jurisdiction (Art. 3, Sect. 2, Cl. 1): l ____________________________________________
2.
Original Jurisdiction: l _______________________________________________________
3.
Appellate Jurisdiction: _______________________________________________________
4.
Treason (see Art. 3, Sec. 3, Clause 1): l _________________________________________
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ARTICLE 4
Relations Among the States
Directions: Complete the following outline of Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution by filling in the missing information of the different sections
and clauses. Refer to the Constitution found on pages 145-146 in your textbook.
Article 4: Relations Among the States
SECTION 1: ________________________

Each state must recognize the official _____________ and _____________ of any other state.
SECTION 2: _______________________
Clause 1: ______________________

Each state must treat _________________ of another state the same way it treats its own
____________________
Clause 2: ___________________

Extradition means the: __________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
Clause 3: _____________________________
SECTION 3: ____________________________
Clause 1: _______________________

Congress has the power to ____________________________ to the Union.
Clause 2: ___________________________
SECTION 4: _____________________________________

The federal government must protect the states from _________________ invasion and from
_________________________, or internal disorder.
Uses the glossary or index to define each of the following words on the line provided or refer to the article location
represented in parentheses below:
1.
Extradition (see Art. 4, Sect. 2, Clause 2): l
______________________________________________________________
2.
Republic (see Art. 4, Sect. 4): l
________________________________________________________________
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Name: _____________________________ Date: _____________________ Block: _______
ARTICLE 5
Amending the Constitution
Directions: Complete the following outline of Article 5 by filling in the missing words. Refer to the Constitution found on page 146 in your
textbook.
The
___________________,
whenever
two-thirds
of
both
houses
shall
deem
it
necessary,
_____________________________ to this Constitution, or on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the
several states, _____________________________________, in either case, __________________ to all intents and
purposes, as part of this Constitution, __________________________ _________, as the one or the other mode of
ratification may be proposed by Congress.
ARTICLE 6
National Supremacy
Directions: Complete the following outline of Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution by filling in the missing information of the different
sections. Refer to the Constitution found on pages 146-147 in your textbook.
SECTION 1: _____________________

The U.S. government promised to pay all _______________ and honor all agreements made under the
______________________________
SECTION 2: ______________________

The Constitution is the ______________________, or highest law of the land.
SECTION 3: __________________________
ARTICLE 7
Ratification of the Constitution
Directions: Complete the following outline of Article 7 by filling in the missing words on the line.
The ______________________________________________________ shall be sufficient for the establishment of the
Constitution between the states so ratifying the same.
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