What Is the 17th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & History Video


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Prior to the 17th Amendment, how were senators elected?

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1. What were the main objections to the Senate that pushed the 17th Amendment?

2. What role did William Jennings Bryan play in the passage of the 17th Amendment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge of the 17th Amendment. You will be tested on the number of senators elected prior to the amendment and objections to the amendment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Opposition to the amendment
  • Role of William Jennings Bryan
  • Influence of William Randolph Hearst

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the 17th Amendment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the objections of those who opposed it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the impact of Bryan and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the amendment, study the lesson titled What Is the 17th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & History. This lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Details the Progressive Era
  • Explains the contributions of Bryan
  • Covers the influence of Hearst
  • Explores the impact of the amendment on future elections in the 2000s