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Defenses to Contract Enforcement: Mistakes

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When a court determines that a contract mistake is incidental, what will the remedy be?

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1. Barney and Betty make a contract. Barney's dog is having a litter and Betty is buying one of the puppies. Betty specifically wants a girl dog. While Barney meets Betty at a restaurant to finalize the deal, Barney's dog gives birth to a litter of five boys. Which statement describes this contract?

2. Bert and Ernie make a contract. Bert hires Ernie as a valet to park cars during a large event at his church. Ernie agrees to the contract and believes he can park the cars one street over from the church. When Ernie tries to park the cars, he learns that the street is a no parking zone. Ernie has no place to park the cars and can't uphold his end of the contract. Which statement describes this contract?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your comprehension of the types of mistakes that can occur when entering into a contract. You'll be quizzed on how a court can remedy mistakes and whether or not a contract can be nullified.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test your ability to recognize the following:

  • The resolution for an incidental mistake
  • Characteristics of the different types of mistakes
  • Types of mistakes in example contract scenarios

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on mistakes in contracts
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as incidental mistakes, mistakes of law and mistakes of fact
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of mistakes that occur in contracts and the possible court judgments regarding them

Additional Learning

To learn more about the risks of entering into a contract with another person, review the accompanying lesson entitled Defenses to Contract Enforcement: Mistakes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide an example of an incidental mistake in a contract
  • Explain to what a material mistake pertains
  • Differentiate between a unilateral mistake and a palpable unilateral mistake
  • Investigate the difference between a mistake of fact and a mistake of law and how the court will generally respond to each
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