What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption


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In the United States, citizens are subject to federal, state, and local laws. This is known as _____.

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1. Grants began to be issued to help states out when the United States adopted _____ federalism.

2. When a state law conflicts with a federal law, the state law will generally be declared unenforceable. This power comes from the _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on the characteristics and history of government in the U.S. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the supremacy of federal, state, and local laws.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • U.S. Constitution
  • Conflicts between state and federal laws
  • Rights not delegated to the national government

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the characteristics and history of government in the U.S.
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the U.S. Constitution
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main phrases by their definitions, such as what was replaced by the U.S. Constitution, and the power of federal laws over any state or local laws
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the division of state and federal power

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how the U.S. Constitution divides power between the state and federal governments
  • Recognize the enforcement of federal law over state law in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland
  • Identify other specific cases in which a state and federal government clashed