System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples


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Why is the system of checks and balances in place?

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1. How does the separation of powers keep things fair in government?

2. Based on the graphic of checks and balances, the ability to veto a law is what type of check?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These learning tools will help you quickly assess your understanding of the system of checks and balances in the U.S. government. You will be quizzed on how the system works and different types of checks and balances.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Intention of the system of checks and balances
  • Division of powers across the branches of government
  • Type of check that the ability to veto a law is
  • Body that has the power to declare a law or act constitutional
  • Branch that has the power to approve federal appointments

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on checks and balances in the federal government
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about separation of powers in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the three branches of government
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the powers held by the different branches of government

Additional Learning

To learn more about the structure of the U.S. government, review the corresponding lesson, System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define checks and balances
  • Learn about the purpose and importance of checks and balances
  • Review the branches of the federal government
  • Explore the concept of separation of powers
  • Learn about the powers held by each branch
  • Discuss examples of checks and balances