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4. America's first president was George Washington. Before Washington was elected president, he had another important job. He served as Commander in Chief of America's Continental Army in the _ War against England.

6. The U.S. Constitution set up three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary, including the Supreme Court. Each branch of government can check the power of others, which is a system of "checks and balances." The president can check the power of Congress, or the legislature, by _ a bill it has passed.

9. Every president selects a cabinet, or group of advisors. Members of the cabinet are experts in various fields and give the president information on issues that affect the government. Cabinet officers are called _.

11. The first five presidents of the United States were George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. All but one of these presidents was born in the state of _.

12. Some presidents have been honored by placing their faces on U.S. coins. You'll see Lincoln on a penny, Jefferson on a nickel, and Washington on a quarter. Although you might not see it as often, the 50-cent coin has a portrait of President _.

13. The president lives and works at the White House, in Washington, D.C. The _ Monument is located just south of the White House.

1. In the _ Office, the president signs bills and meets with staff and special guests.

2. Abraham Lincoln, our nation's 16th president, led the country during the Civil War. His nickname was _ Abe.

3. In order to run for president, a candidate must meet three qualifications. He or she must be at least 35 years old, a natural-born _ of the United States, and a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years.

4. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is the famous carving on a granite cliff called Mount Rushmore. It is in South Dakota's Black Hills. The presidents honored in this carving are Washington, Jefferson, _, and Lincoln.

5. Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. Jefferson had many talents. He was a politician, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner. He was also an architect and built a famous home that he called _.

7. In 1996, Americans elected Bill Clinton to the office of the presidency. This year, we will choose a new president. Americans elect a president every four years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of _.

8. In 1976, Americans elected Jimmy Carter as their president. Besides his work as a public official, Carter had also been a _.

10. The largest room in the White House is the _ Room. It is used for many events, such as dances, receptions, and special ceremonies.

From Instructor magazine, January/February issue. © 2000 Scholastic Inc.

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