Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 25-9-2013: The US Constitution

Well, it’s official.

Snooker player, Stephen Lee has been given a lifetime ban — and £40, 000 fine — for match fixing.

Which isn’t necessarily something a fan wants to see.

Match fixing, I should add, there.

It’s a shame a such talented player has been involved with it.

Although as a long term fan of a game that’s long had rumours and allegations have floated around for years I have to add, I wonder how much more of it’s going on.

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, it’s Wednesday: which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser: all about the US Constitution, and covered by the usual Creative Commons License*.

Here’s this week’s questions …
Q1) 25th September, 1789, saw the US government pass the first 12 amendments to the Constitution; how many of these make up what’s known as the Bill of Rights?
Q2) The US Constitution opens with the line, “We, The People …”: of where … ?
Q3) ‘Article the First’ of the amendments was never formally ratified and was supposed to guarantee one representative for, at most, how many people: thirty thousand, forty thousand or fifty thousand … ?
Q4) Another of those twelve amendments was the one that forbade congressional pay raises until the start of the next term of office.  That eventually became which amendment: the twenty-fifth, twenty-sixth or twenty-seventh … ?
Q5) The First Amendment forbade the USA from adopting what: a state military, state religion or US navy … ?
Q6) The 3rd Amendment to the Constitution guarantees protection from what … ?
Q7) Which amendment guarantees the right to a trial by jury: the fifth, sixth or seventh … ?
Q8) Many US citizens tell you they have a right bear arms: which Amendment guarantees this … ?
Q9) Which Amendment guarantees freedom of speech in the US … ?
Q10) Finally … Which of the Amendments means a US citizen can’t incriminate himself: the Third, Fourth or Fifth … ?
And here’s last weeks questions and answers …
Q1) 18th September saw Tiberius confirmed as Roman Emperor.   By which Roman body … ?
Q2) In which year did that body finally collapse: 603, 604 or 605 AD … ?
Q3) Was Tiberius the second, third or fourth Roman Emperor … ?
Q4) Who was his predecessor in the post … ?
Q5) Many Roman Emperors were called ‘Princeps’.   Which meant what:  prince, first or noble  … ?
Q6) The word ‘Emperor’ comes from the Latin word ‘Imperator’, which (roughly) meant what: duke, commander or king … ?
Q7) Another title used by Tiberius was ‘Pontifex Maximus’, or ‘High Priest’.   Who is that title usually applied to, in modern times … ?
Q8) How many legions would Tiberius have inherited from his predecessor: twenty-five, twenty-eight or thirty-one … ?
Q9) More to the point, how many troops were in each legion: 3000, 4000 or 5000 … ?
Q10) Finally … Who was Tiberius’ successor as Emperor … ?
A1) The Roman Senate.
A2) 603.
A3) Second.
A4) Augustus.
A5) ‘First’: as in First Citizen, or ‘First amongst equals’: or even ‘First Amongst the Senate’, which would’ve been one of the specific titles Augustus used.
A6) Commander.
A7) The Pope.
A8) Twenty-five. (25).   (Augustus had reorganized the Roman army into twenty-eight legions: three of which he’d promptly lost in the Battle of Teutoberg Forest.)
A9) 5000.
A10) His grand-nephew, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus: also called Little Boots, or, in Latin, Caligula.
Enjoy those.

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