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State of the Union 2019

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President Donald Trump gave his 2019 State of the Union Address last week. According to Article II of the Constitution, the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

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  • Writing: What are some key events in the history of the State of the Union address?
  • Debate: Presidents should discontinue the practice of delivering their State of the Union address in person and, instead, send it to Congress in written form.
  • Poll: Did you watch the 2019 State of the Union address?
  • Short Answer: Briefly describe the main points of President Trump’s State of the Union address.

Current events quiz:

1) In her rebuttal to Trump’s address, Stacey Abrams spoke of which of the following?

a. gun control
b. the government shutdown
c. immigration
d. all of these

2) Where is the State of the Union Address typically held?

a. Senate Floor
b. House Chamber
c. Oval Office
d. Supreme Court

3) Which current Supreme Court Justice was NOT present at the last two state of the Union Addresses?

a. Justice Scalia
b. Justice Roberts
c. Justice Ginsburg
d. Justice Sotomayor

4) The State of the Union has always been held in the Chamber of the House. (T/F)

5) Last year, Congressman Joseph Kennedy delivered the Democratic rebuttal to the SOTU. (T/F)

6) Every attendee of the SOTU is required to bring at least one additional guest. (T/F)


1) D

2) B

3) C

4) False

5) True

6) False

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