“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

According to the “Preamble” text, which of the following is a goal of the U.S. Constitution?

C. To define the idea of nationhood


Each verb in the preamble is something that the nation will do to live up to its principles, so (C) is the correct answer. You can also eliminate declaring independence, (A), because that action happened earlier in the Declaration of Independence. You should also know that slaves were not freed in the American colonies, (B), but much later during the Civil War between the states. Lastly, the Constitution sets up the structure of government to which the people elect their representatives; it did not appoint people to positions, (D).

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