News Cut Quiz: We the purple…

The odds are someone has mailed you this Muppets video in celebration of the 4th. While watching it, I tried to remember the entire preamble to the Constitution, which we were required to memorize in school. Sadly, I couldn’t do any better than the Muppet did.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This week, we test your knowledge of the Constitution of the United States in the News Cut Quiz. All the questions are true/false. As always, take the quiz, and report your results below.

We’re all counting on you. Good luck.

  • cdg

    The Articles of Confederation were NOT the same as the Constitution. The AofC was a completely different document that provided for a looser confederation of the states than does the C. One state got one vote in the single-body Congress. Less ‘federalism’, e.g., no authority to tax, giving us what became The Federalist Papers.

  • B2

    My quiz score is embarrassing. 12 grade schools and I missed American History at all of them. My untutored idea was that the Constitution was The Law and though often debated and added-to, its use was pre-determined somehow.

    When Mongolia became a free country and wrote a constitution in 1992 the government sent a law professor to the University of Minnesota to study constitutional law because they wanted information on implementing the document. It was interesting to realize that this was where the U.S. was just 200 years before. “We have this thing, now how do we make it happen?” This amazing man rented a room in my house for the winter and studied at the law school graduate level – he unnecessarily apologized for his English, his fourth language after Mongolian, Chinese, and Russian.

  • minn whaler

    bombed the quiz…

    loved the video

  • Al, Krista, and John

    10 out of 15 – Not bad for 3 of us. Of course, there was heated debate on some questions, and the dissenter was usually right.

  • MomKat

    13 out of 15–a personal best. The video is hilarious.

  • JohnnyZoom

    11/15 on the first try. Not great, not bad.

    I think I am part of a narrow age range which will never have any trouble remembering the preamble, thanks to that quirkily beautiful thing called Schoolhouse Rock. I may not know what all of it means (or even where all the commas properly go, due to the catchy melody), but I’ll never forget the text.

    I’ll date myself again: the Muppets rock, even without the original performers (Henson, Hunt, Oz)

  • Anton

    12 out of 15. Not too bad, but I feel bad for missing any. (And I really ought to remember the Schoolhouse Rock melody for the preamble, but perhaps I wasn’t quite old enough at the time….)

  • dwp4401

    13/15 in 120 seconds and that was with misreading question 5.

    In the seventh grade we were also required to memorise the Preamble. I didn’t remember it any better than you did, Bob.

  • hs3337

    10/15. How sad.

    I, too, owe my knowledge of the preamble to Schoolhouse Rock. Pity the multiplication stuff didn’t stick as well…

    And Schoolhouse Rock left out “of the United States”. Still, a bet a large number of people of a certain age remember trying not to hum TOO loud during the final social studies exam.

  • c

    7 of 15…but I took this without the help of my now SIXTH GRADER.


    I think the way the questions were worded made it difficult. (It’s all bob’s fault)