Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States


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Which constitutional clause places the Constitution as the highest law in the land?

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1. Who or what decides whether a state's individual laws or federal laws apply in a disputed situation?

2. Over the course of U.S. history, the balance of power between the federal government and the states has _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its associated worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the division of powers between the national government and the states. You will be quizzed on clauses and amendments that are related to this division of power.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Eighth Amendment
  • Tenth Amendment
  • Supremacy Clause
  • Commerce Clause

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key court decisions, such as the Commerce Clause and the Eighth Amendment
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the division of powers between the state and federal government
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about major cases

Additional Learning

To learn more about federalism, review the accompanying lesson on Division of Power Between the National Governments and the States. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define federalism
  • Discuss how the Constitution's Supremacy Clause and Tenth Amendment establish and divide powers
  • Learn about early Supreme Court decisions that helped to define the balance of powers
  • Discuss 20th century cases dealing with federalism
  • Discuss 21st century Supreme Court decisions