The Preamble: What Does It Mean?

 

ACTIVITY FOCUS

In this lesson, you will learn the meanings of the vocabulary words in the Preamble.

 

Step One

The vocabulary of the Preamble can be tricky. Read through the Preamble one more time. Then try the practice quiz below. Be sure to refer back to the Preamble so that you can use context clues to help answer the questions.

The Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, 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.

Step Two

Try the Preamble Vocabulary Practice Quiz below. Remeber to look back at the Preamble and use context clues to help you answer the questions. If you need more explanations, use the link below to access the Interactive Constitution. You can get your score by clicking on "Get Score." You can clear the quiz and retake it as many times as needed. Keep working on the quiz until you get 100%. When you get 100%, raise your hand so that your teacher can come verify your score.

Interactive Constitution

 

PREAMBLE VOCABULARY PRACTICE QUIZ

 

1. Define "union."
disagreement
nation
freedom
contract

2. What does "justice" mean?
freedom
government
leadership
fairness

3. What is "domestic tranquility"?
peace in our country
power over other nations
cooperation between nations
disputes between colonies

4. What is meant by "provide for the common defense"?
ensure independence from England
keep ourselves safe
create a court system
eliminate unemployment

5. What does "welfare" mean?
well-being
power
freedom
government

6. What is "liberty"?
freedom
fairness
equality
wealth

7. What is "our posterity"?
our government
our wealth
our neighboring nations
our descendants

8. What does it mean to "ordain and establish"?
order and create
request and attempt
permit and license
vote and certify

9. What is the main purpose of the Preamble?
to form a government
to describe the three branches
to state the reasons for writing the Constitution
to declare independence from England

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