POLITICAL SCIENCE 1 – INTERNET RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT
60 points possible
City, State: Zip Code + 4 digits:
Visiting the following Internet sites, search for the answers to the questions in bold.
For 2 points, at http://www.house.gov/
Find the name and mailing address of your House of Representative to the U.S. Congress
For 4 points, at http://www.senate.gov/
Find the names and mailing addresses of the two California Senators to the U.S. Congress
For 4 points, at http://www.state.ca.us/
When was the first federal census conducted in California? What was the population count?
Who was the first governor of California after statehood?
Who was the first California born governor of California?
For 2 points, at http://www.assembly.ca.gov/
Find the name and mailing address of your state assemblyperson in Sacramento
For 2 points, at http://www.sen.ca.gov/
Find the name and mailing address of your state senator in Sacramento
Find the names and mailing addresses of the Mayor of your city
For 2 points:
Identify the website for the Democratic National Committee
For 2 point:
Identify the website for the Republican National Committee
For 2 point: Total points on this page: 20 points
Citizenship Questions Total points on this page: 40 points
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization
Service, administers a test to all immigrants applying for citizenship. Some of these questions have been
selected from the CIS list of over 140 questions. Here are 40 questions all Americans should know. How
would you do? Many, you will find simple. Others are not so easy.
1. Name one important idea found in the Declaration of Independence?
2. What are inalienable rights? Name two of the natural or inalienable rights in the Delaration of
3. What is the supreme law of the land, in what year was it written and how many changes have there been
4. What does the constitution do and what does “We The People” mean in the constitution?
5. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
6. What group of essays supported passage of the U.S. constitution? Name three authors of these essays?
7. Name four amendments that expand suffrage.
8. What is meant by “rule of law”?
9. Explain in your own words the pledge of allegiance?
10. Name three rights that are only for United States citizens?
11. What must all males do after their 18th birthday?
12. What is federalism and what are the three levels of government?
13. Why do we have three branches of government?
14. Under the Constitution, what are three powers that belong to the federal government?
15. What are three powers that belong to the state governments?
16. Give one example of checks and balances.
17. Who signs bills to become laws at the national level? At the state level?
18. What is a veto and what elected officials have that power?
19. Identify three types of vetos.
20. What does the president’s cabinet do? Name five cabinet-level positions.
21. What is the electoral college?
22. In chronological order, who were the first four Presidents of the United States?
23. In chronological order, who were the last four Presidents of the United States?
24. Who confirms the nominations made by the new president?
25. Who elects members of Congress and for how long? Which amendment changed the way senators are
26. Who does a U. S. senator represent and who does a U.S. Representative represent?
27. What is the majority political party in the house of representative’s and in U.S. senate now?
28. Name the current senate majority leader and the current Speaker of the House?
29. Who is the vice-president of the United States and Chairman of the Federal Reserve System today?
30. Why do some states have more representatives than others?
31. How many representatives to the House of Representative does California have?
32. What are the duties of the U.S. Supreme Court and who is the Chief Justice?
33. What is the capital of California? In what year did California join the Union?
34. How many state senators and assemblypersons serve in California’s legislature? For how long?
35. Who is the current head executive of your state government and who is the current California
36. What are the duties of the head executive of city government and who is that person?
37. What are the duties of a city council and a county board of supervisors?
38. What are three ways Americans can participate in their democracy?
39. What type of economic system does the U.S. have?
40. Name three American territories which are not States but belong to the U.S. commonwealth.