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US Cabinet Departments Quiz

Name the 15 departments represented in the United States cabinet.
Listed in order of rank
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First submittedJune 6, 2010
Last updatedAugust 27, 2018
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Department
State
Treasury
Defense
Justice
Interior
Department
Agriculture
Commerce
Labor
Health and Human Services
Housing and Urban Development
Department
Transportation
Energy
Education
Veterans Affairs
Homeland Security
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level 33
Dec 30, 2011
100% - of course, lmao
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level 72
Jul 22, 2018
ROFLMAOWTIMB
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level 31
Mar 8, 2013
Defence with a C please for all us non-americans
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level 44
Mar 8, 2013
It's the US cabinet position. The official title is Secretary of Defense. It's a proper noun so the spelling doesn't change regardless of where you are the in the world.
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level 67
Apr 19, 2014
Alternative spellings are allowed for proper nouns in other quizzes. Allowing the British spelling is quite reasonable.
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level 51
May 10, 2017
I've discovered the remedy for Americans spelling it 'Edinburg': 'Colourado'.
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level 72
Jul 22, 2018
The modern habit of ending nouns with -our is the 19th Century Frenchified version of the original English spellings which correctly corresponded to the Latin -or suffix. No idea why everyone in the UK all of a sudden one day decided to change English to French.
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level ∞
May 16, 2015
Defence will work now.
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level 71
Oct 20, 2015
Prior to the Truman Administration it was the War Department. We can agree on that spelling I'm sure.
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level 72
Jul 22, 2018
The U.S. realized it was fighting invasive wars now, nowhere near its borders in countries that would never think of launching a transoceanic war against the U.S. So in the typical American political scenario of say it and it will be repeated blindly, they called it Defense. As has been noted, the term Homeland Security is synonymous with the word defense, indicating the military is always thousands of miles away in someone else's country.
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level 53
Mar 8, 2013
Although I am English I was trying to think of the British political departments then use US terms to fill in the gaps. Obviously not a good stratagy for me as I managed an average score for this one, which shows my ignorance of politics all over the world!
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level 76
Mar 8, 2013
Can transport please be accepted as well as transportation?
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level 52
Feb 21, 2017
Or accept USDOT, it's a commonly used acronym (you can see it on the sides of delivery trucks)
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level 40
Mar 8, 2013
Darn, you guys have WEIRD names for stuff. I mean, who covers immigration?
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level 49
Mar 8, 2013
Immigration would be part of Homeland Security. I don't think the names are that odd. They mostly do what they say they do, with the exception of Defense (which does aggressive war) and Homeland Security (which does defense).
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level 77
Mar 9, 2013
Homeland Security does not cover national defense. If, for instance, the United States was invaded by China... then we're much more likely to rely on the Army, Air Force and Navy (Defense) than we are on the TSA, CIA, or ATF (Homeland Security). Homeland Security deals with counter-terrorism.
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level 77
Oct 20, 2015
Also, the best defense is a good offense, right?
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level 46
Sep 7, 2016
Kalba, you're exactly right, except that the CIA is an independent agency that reports to the Director of National Intelligence, who reports directly to the President. It's never been part of the Cabinet. And the ATF is under the Department of Justice.
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level 66
May 10, 2017
Well then it's a good thing DHS is so offensive.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2018
Kenobi: thanks for the correction
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level 71
Mar 8, 2013
It used to be housed within Justice.
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level 77
Mar 9, 2013
INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) was originally established under the Treasury Department, and was then migrated to the departments of Commerce, and then Labor, and finally Justice before ceasing to exist in 2003. In 2003 it was split in three: US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), all of which are now under the Department of Homeland Security.
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level 34
Mar 8, 2013
I wish you would require all the words in Housing and Urban Development.
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level 72
Jul 22, 2018
You mean the one everyone calls HUD?
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level 70
Mar 9, 2013
Way too many cooks in the kitchen! We don't need half of those departments! Then maybe I would have got 100%.
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level 77
May 10, 2017
It's the Trump administration's plan to basically dismantle, defund, gut, understaff and destroy all of these possibly excepting State and Defense. If they succeed in their agenda many will be effectively impotent by 2018 after the next mid-term. Then the USA can be a government-free utopia similar to Somalia: Republican paradise.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2018
Also, by your comment I take it that you have no idea what vitally important things most of these departments do, making you an ideal candidate to head one of them up. Send your resume to the White House.
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level 59
Aug 16, 2013
I liked the quiz so much, that I made one with the Cabinet Members. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/36540/cabinet-members-as-of-august-16-2013
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level 45
Sep 18, 2013
Isn't the Vice President also a member of the Cabinet?
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level 79
Jan 25, 2015
No. But he is technically in the Senate (but only votes in event of a tie.)
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level 44
Feb 8, 2017
The Vice President is technically part of the Cabinet, but he doesn't get his own department, which is why he's not on this quiz.
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level 72
Oct 20, 2015
Wouldn't it be great seeing Rick Perry take this quiz?
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level 22
Oct 23, 2015
NO! I think I would rather have a root canal! That village in Texas has sent us enough idiots.
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level 52
Feb 21, 2017
Let's see, there's the department of, uh...
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level 77
Aug 13, 2019
oops.
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level 66
Oct 20, 2015
Can you please accept HHS (since you accept HUD)?
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level ∞
Jan 18, 2017
Okay
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level 24
Oct 21, 2015
100% and I'm Australian
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level 54
Jun 6, 2016
For HHS it might make more sense since it's name was changed when Education was raised up to require more than just the first word for your answer. And since so few know the full name of HUD, there too you might want to have more spelled out. That said, the cabinet secretaries aren't the only members of the Presidential cabinet.
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level 62
May 10, 2017
Is there really no department of the environment in the USA? Which of these covers it?
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level 73
May 10, 2017
"The EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] is not a Cabinet department, but the Administrator is normally given cabinet rank."

See also the end of this list for other related agencies
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level 77
Aug 13, 2019
Interior, Agriculture, HHS, and HUD all can deal with issues related to the environment, too.
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level 54
May 10, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency is not a cabinet position but very powerful nonetheless-- it's rules have the force of law.