Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Definition, Decision & Significance


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Brown v. Board of Education involved the issue of _____.

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1. Who were the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954?

2. If you were an attorney working on the Brown v. Board of Education case, you would need to refer to the previous U.S. Supreme Court ruling on school segregation, which was _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Brown v. Board of Education marked a big step forward in race relations in the US, and this quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the history of this case. You'll learn how this case changed the school system and other legal precedent.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Issues addressed in Brown v. Board of Education and how the Supreme Court had previously dealt with racial cases
  • The plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education
  • How school districts reacted to the ruling
  • How many times the Supreme Court heard Brown v. Board of Education

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the plaintiffs' constitutional argument in Brown v. Board of Education and interpret it correctly
  • Making connections - use understanding of how states responded to the ruling and why the Supreme Court had to hear Brown v. Board of Education more than once
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Equal Protection Clause in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about Brown v. Board of Education, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education and their constitutional argument
  • Understand the Equal Protection Clause and how it applied to this case
  • Trace states' reactions and compliance with the Brown v. Board of Education ruling