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Welcome to the Yes! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and public servants about their jobs. This week, we turn the tables and ask ordinary citizens about the founding tenets of American government to test their knowledge of civics in honor of Independence Day.

Questions

1. What are the three inalienable rights to which all men are endowed by the creator, according to the Declaration of Independence?

2. Name one of the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment. 3. What are some of the important hallmarks of the Fourteenth Amendment? (Hint: It was passed by Congress immediately following the Civil War.)

Correct Answers

1. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 2. Any of the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” 3. The Fourteenth Amendment overturned the supreme Court’s Dred scott decision, which had excluded slaves and their descendants from possessing Constitutional rights, set the groundwork for the dismantling of racial segregation in the mid-20 th century, and established the principle of equal protection under the law. (The Thirteenth Amendment officially abolished slavery.)

ADRIENE WRIGHt, DUDLEY HIGH SCHOOL StTUDENT

1. Actually, I don’t know. [X]

2. Freedom of speech [ ]

3. Right off the top of my head, I don’t know. [X]

TUNINA GANDA, MOtHER AND StUDENT

1. Is it the right to bear arms? [No.] That’s the only one I know. Also, the pursuit of happiness. [ -]

2. Freedom of speech [ ]

3. That’s the Civil Rights Act of ’64. The right to vote is in that act. And I think it was the abolition of segregation. The right for people for handicaps kicked in… I think it was ’74 or ’88, where physically and mentally challenged people had the same rights as regular people. [ -]

ROGER LANCER, MAINTENANCE PERSON FOR THE UNITED GUARANTY BUILDING

1. life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness [ -]

2. The First Amendment is freedom of speech? [ ]

3. That’s the abolishment of slavery? [No.]

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