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ADAPTED TO THE
TO BE USED IN ACADEMIES AND COMMON SCHOOLS.
BY REV. ISAAC JONES, A. M
Preacher of the Gospel, and Teacher of Youth,
PUBLISHED BY RICHARDSON AND LORD).
PRINTED BY J. H. A. FROST.
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the first day of March, A. D. 1827, and in the fifty first year of the Independence of the United States of America, RICHARDSON & LORD, of the said District, have deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:
“Questions, adapted to the Constitution of the United States ; designed to be used in Academies and common Schools. By Rev. Isaac Jones, A. M. Preacher of the Gospel, and Teacher of Youth."
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ;” and also to an act, entitled, “ An act, supplementary to an act, entitled, an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints."
JOHN W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District of Massachusells.
A REPUBLICAN form of Government is the best in the world. The Constitution of the United States of America is well calculated to secure the free and equal rights of the people. To these truths all real Patriots will heartily assent. It is a fact, however, that most ancient Republics have been of short continuance ; they have risen
flourished for a time, and disappeared. But, what has been the cause of these astonishing changes, which have ruined nations, and convulsed the world ? The Ghosts of departed Republics rise up, and point the cold finger at vice and ignorance ! These, they exclaim, have wrought our ruin.-Under Divine Providence, upon the virtue and knowledge of the rising generation hang all our hopes of a continuation of national prosperity. And while, it is cause of gratitude and joy, that a laudable spirit of improvement in the Arts and Sciences has been diffused through our country, it is matter of astonishment, that our Constitution has been so long, and so generally neglected! Americans, this ought not so to be! Our sentiments and our conduct are at war ! Not only should it be read, but studied, as a classic, in our com. mon schools, and in our higher seminaries, or the education of our sons will be defective. They will not be qualified to elect others to offices of distinction, profit and trust, nor to be elected themselves. Reflections like these have led me to prepare a system of Questions, which is published with a hope, that it will be approved, found useful, and turn the at tention of the rising generation to the study of the Constitution.
I. J. Bradford, Feb. 10, 1827.
WHY did our Ancestors ordain and establish a Constitution for the United States of America ?
ARTICLE I. According to the Constitution, in what body of men shall all legislative powers be vested ?
Who compose the Congress of the United States ?
What shall be the age of a man, before he may be elected a Representative ?
How many years must he have been a citizen of the United States ?
Of what State shall he be an inhabitant ? How shall Representatives and direct taxes be apportioned among
the several States in the Union ? How shall their respective numbers be determined ?
According to the Constitution, when was the first enumeration to be made ?
How often, and in what manner shall the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States continue to be made ?
How many Representatives may a State send to Congress ?
What, if a State should not contain thirty thousand inhabitants ?*
When vacancies happen in the representation from any State, what shall be done ?
Who choose the Speaker of the House, and other officers ? Who shall have the sole power of impeachment ?
Of whom shall the Senate of the United States be composed ?
How shall Senators be chosen, and for what term of time ? How many votes shall each Senator have ?
By the Constitution, what was required of the first Senators, immediately after they assembled ?
When were the seats of the Senators of the first class vacated ? The second class ? The third ? How often then, may one third of the Senators be chosen ?
Upon those parts of the Constitution, which have becoine ob. solete, in consequence of the lapse of time and amendments, no questions are proposed. The Instructer is desired to include such portions in brackets, for the benefit of his Pupils.