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  • Excuse me, sir! Do you know what checks and balances are?
  • Yes, ma'am! It means each branch is subject to a number of constitutional checks by the other branches.
  • Oh, sweet! Thank you! What about the judicial review?
  • It's the power of courts to determine whether what government does is in accord with what the Constitution provides.
  • There are four different methods in the formal amendment process. But the first method is the most commonly used.
  • Oh my gosh, you're like a walking textbook! How many methods are there in the formal amendment process?
  • Which amendment required the longest amount of time to ratify?
  • The 27th amendment took the longest. It took almost 203 years.
  • By what five ways has the Constitution been changed other than by formal amendment?
  • By Congress, actions taken by the President, key decisions of the Supreme Court, the activities of political parties, and custom.
  • How has Congress contributed to the process of constitutional change and development?
  • By passing laws to spell out several of the Constitution's provisions.
  • Are you done asking questions? I'm just trying to go home now.
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