Key Principles of the US Constitution

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How many key principles were outlined in the original US constitution?
4
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What were they?
Representative and accountable government, the separation of powers, a federal structure, limited government
2 of 10
How is representative and accountable government 'ensured'?
With fixed-term elections of 4 years for the President and 2 years for the House
3 of 10
Why did the Senate not have fixed term elections?
It was not directly elected until 1913
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How is the separation of powers ensured?
The individual powers of each branch are set out in different articles (1,2 and 3) of the constitution in order to prevent overlap. Each branch is subjected to check and balances from the others.
5 of 10
How was a federal structure established?
Through the division and devolution of powers to individual states
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How was government limited?
By giving citizens specific, unalienable and entrenched rights
7 of 10
What are entrenched rights?
Rights which are deeply woven in to the constitutional framework and highly difficult to change or undermine
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When were these rights established and by what?
The Bill of Rights in 1791
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How many amendments did this include?
10
10 of 10

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