The Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Thus September 17 is honored as Constituent Day.
And on this day, I will wonder if our forefathers would be amazed at all the things that we.prohibit. Two simple examples: would they be amazed that an 18 year can be arrested for merely drinking a beer? That someone can serve a long prison sentence for drugs?
And during this time of American’s history, where we seem hell-bent on prohibiting everything including, smoking, junk foods and liquor, we need to reflect on the words of Abraham Lincoln:
“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”
Enjoy the quiz below:
Do you know your constitution? Take this quiz and find out.
1. Which State did not send deputies to the Constitutional Convention?
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
2, Where did the deputies to the Constitutional Convention assemble?
In Philadelphia, in the State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
3. When did they assemble?
The meeting was May 14, 1787, but a quorum was not present until May 25.
4. How large was the population of Philadelphia?
28,000; including suburbs, about 42,000.
5. What was the average age of the Constitutional Convention deputies?
6. Who was the oldest member of the Constitutional Convention?
. Benjamin Franklin, 81.
7. How many lawyers were members of the Constitutional Convention?
34 out of 55
8. Who was the “Sage of the Constitutional Convention”?
9. Who was the “Father of the Constitution”?
James Madison, of Virginia
10 .Was Thomas Jefferson a member of the Constitutional Convention?
No. he was in France as the American Minister to France.
11. How did Thomas Jefferson help write the Constitution?
Although absent from the Constitutional Convention and during its ratification, Jefferson insisted that the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments, be adopted.
George Washington, chosen unanimously.
12. How long did it take to frame the Constitution?
Less than one hundred working days.
13. How much was paid for the journal kept by Madison during the Constitutional Convention?
Congress authorized $30,000 to buy Madison’s journal and other papers .
14. What was the Connecticut Compromise?
Each State should have two senators and the number of Representatives was to be based upon population. protecting the rights of the small States , while the majority of the population was fairly represented.
15. Who engrossed(wrote) the text of the Constitution for signing?
Jacob Shallus , an assistant clerk of the Pennsylvania State Assembly. He got paid 30 dollars. And his name never appears on the document.
16. Did all of the deputies to the Constitutional Convention sign the Constitution?
Only thirty-nine signed. Fourteen deputies had departed for home, and three–Randolph and Mason, of Virginia, and Gerry, of Massachusetts–refused to sign
17. Did George Washington sign the Declaration of Independence?
No. He was with the army in New York City.
18 What are the measurements of the original Declaration of Independence?
The Declaration of Independence: 29 7/8 in. by 24 7/16 in.;
19. The measurements of the original Constitution?
The Constitution: four sheets, approximately 28 3/4 in. by 23 5/8 in. each.
20 . How many words are there in Constitution?
4,543 words, including the signatures.
21. How many words in The Declaration of Independence?
22. How many States needed to ratify the Constitution?
23 In what order did the States ratify the Constitution?
Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, and New York. After Washington had been inaugurated, North Carolina and Rhode Island ratified.
24. How did they decide to address the President of the United States ?
The Senate wanted “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties.” The House wanted “The President of the United States.” The Senate agreed.
25. How many States does it take to block an amendment?