The US Constitution is a staple subject in every civics class around the country. Colorado State University-Pueblo recently quizzed students at the university to see if any of the information they learned about the Constitution had stuck.
Student Activities conducted a Constitution trivia event on Sept.17 in honor of Constitution Day. A table was set up in the main hall of the Occhiato University Center with an array of prizes students could potentially win. Prizes included CSU-P water bottles, backpacks, key lanyards, football fingers, folders, hats and shirts.
Tyler Hobson, a student and technical support person for Student Activities, ran the trivia event. Any student was eligible to take part in Constitution trivia as long as they were a current student and provided their PID number.
There were three difficulty levels to the trivia, easy, medium and hard. Easy and medium questions were multiple choice, however hard questions are not. If you chose an easy question and answered correctly, you could choose from the “easy” pile of prizes.
You could then risk that prize to get a chance to answer a medium difficulty question. If you answered the medium question correctly, you could pick a prize out of the “medium” pile or risk it and go for the hard question to win a larger prize.
According to Hobson, there was a catch; if the student answered a question wrong at any point, they walked away empty-handed.
Student Stewart Leatherbery was the first to attempt the Constitution Day trivia. Leatherbery’s first question was, “Laws of the United States are made by…?” With ice cream cone in hand, Leatherbery answered “congress,” which was correct.
With incentive to win a bigger prize, Leatherbery risked his first prize and tackled a medium difficulty question. “How long did it take to write the Constitution?” Leatherbery answered “three years,” which was incorrect. It took one hundred days to write the Constitution. Unfortunately Leatherbery walked away empty-handed, but learned something new.
“We had around 50 students participate in the Constitution trivia event and nine of those students won prizes. Only one of the students advanced to the hardest trivia question and answered it correctly. Overall the Constitution Day trivia event was a success,” Hobson said.