Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 10:18 PM
Site: Minnesota Literacy Council
Course: Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test (Citizenship Study)
Glossary: New Vocabulary


at the present time (now), or the most recent.

Example:  The current Governor of Minnesota is Tim Pawlenty.  (He is Governor now.)


the leader of a state government's executive branch.  Just as the country has one President, each state has one Governor.


to choose (a candidate) by voting.

Example:  In November of 2008, we will elect a new President.


a person who is competing to be elected to a government office.

Example:  There are two major candidates for President:  Barack Obama and John McCain.


a period of time.

In government, a term is how long an elected official keeps his or her job before the next election.

Example:  The President is elected to a 4-year term.  Each President can only serve two terms.


a group of people who live in the same area and whose families are often related.  They share the same language, culture, and history.

Example:  The Sioux are an American Indian tribe who live in Minnesota and speak the Dakota language.


to approve; to make an agreement official.

Example:  Amendments to the Constitution must be ratified by state legislatures.


to discuss (talk about) a subject in a formal way; to argue about something by giving different opinions about it.

Example:  The presidential candidates will debate their plans for improving the economy.


having to do with the national government, rather than the government of a specific state.


a large formal meeting of people.

Example:  The Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in September, 2008.