Fact Mountain U.S. Constitution is the best trivia game out there for detailed study of the Constitution of the United States of America. Try it out, and we think you’ll agree!
The U.S. Constitution begins with a Preamble explaining its multiple purposes, including “to form a more perfect union”, “to establish justice”, “insure domestic tranquility” and “promote the general welfare.”
The Constitution contains seven Articles that set up America’s federal government.
Article I is the legislative branch Article, discussing its legislative powers, like the ability to declare war and to collect taxes. The bicameral Congress (meaning it includes two houses) includes a Senate, with 2 Senators per state, supervised when in session by the Vice President, and a House of Representatives, with at least one Representative per state.
Article II discusses the executive branch, governed by the President and Vice President, and the limits of executive authority.
Article III discusses the judicial branch, starting at the top with one Supreme Court, led by a Chief Justice, and continuing down through “inferior”, or other federal courts, at lower levels. The Article also discusses the range and the limits of judicial power.
The idea of “checks and balances” is also set forth indirectly in these three Articles, so that none of the three branches of the federal government can totally govern the country by itself without at least some input from the other two.
The Constitution has been amended 27 times. The first ten Amendments collectively have been given the title “Bill of Rights” and offer specific protections to, and specify rights guaranteed to all Americans, including the rights to keep and bear arms, to a speedy and public trial, and to own private property.
The seventeen later Amendments, among other things, allow everyone equal protection under the law, outlaw slavery, give women the right to vote, and specify what to do if the President dies or becomes incapacitated.
Why use our Constitution app?
It’s “freemium”, meaning you can play its game modes for entertainment (yes, fun and games!), look at some of its study material, and play its free games modes before purchasing.
One game is a version of the “flash cards” used in studying for many exams. Choose a level of flash cards, and all flash card clues will be at the same difficulty level, with one clue per answer. Each correct answer scores points and allows your intrepid mountain hiker to make game progress toward the score needed to win, which varies by level.
We recommend starting at Level 1 as in other video games and winning the game twice before moving to Level 2. Even this easiest level is a skill-building adventure for new players and provides great entertainment. Read the clues aloud and play together with a few friends, or just play solitaire! It may become your favorite game, at least while studying U.S. history and the Constitution for a class. Measure success both by the level you attain and by how quickly you can get there.
Once you have reached Level 5 with “flash cards”, try the other game, which is the harder “pyramid” game used in many academic competitions. You see multiple clues, one at a time, for the same answer. Clues get easier until the correct answer is given. Each correct answer scores points and allows your intrepid mountain hiker to make game progress toward the number of points needed to win.
The easiest few clues for each answer are repeated in the “pyramid” game so that over time, you learn at least the easiest clues for each answer. We have replaced some of the trivia you see in other such games with useful stuff you actually need to know. Again, play with friends or just solitaire.
Though these two games are excellent study aids for students from middle school through college, and much better for retaining information than many games, studying the Constitution is easiest with our study mode that lets you scroll through all clues for the Preamble, any Article or any Amendment.
Many links in this mode offer easy access to the exact verbiage of the full text of the Constitution, easy access to the relevant Federalist Papers, and an easy way to read the most common legal interpretations of its various clauses.
Even law school students will find the app worth its weight in gold during their Constitutional Law class, as it links to several famous Supreme Court cases and explains how those decisions relate to the Constitution.
We think ours is one of the best digital games and video games out there for developing a detailed knowledge of the US Constitution, whatever your device.
To see more Fact Mountain subjects, look around our site. The church-related games are totally free; the others are all freemium.