Actual Malice: Definition & Test


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Actual malice is mandatory in which of the following types of cases?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a requirement of the actual malice test?

2. The U.S. Supreme Court case that established the actual malice requirement is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is the actual malice test and how is it used? This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you quickly assess your understanding of this process.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The type of case in which the actual malice test is used
  • Requirements of the actual malice test
  • In which Supreme Court case the requirements of the test were established

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about how and why the actual malice test is used
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as libel and defamation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the court case that established this test

Additional Learning

To learn more about this legal topic, review the accompanying lesson called Actual Malice: Definition & Test. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the term libel
  • Present a scenario which illustrates possible libel or defamation
  • Discuss the Supreme Court case that first used the actual malice test
  • Detail the court's decision in that case