What are Electoral Votes? - Definition & Overview


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The Electoral College was initially created by:

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1. Members of the Electoral College are to vote for:

2. One criticism of the Electoral College is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of electoral votes. Information you'll be assessed on includes the creation of the Electoral College as well as criticism leveled at this institution.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Creation and history of the Electoral College
  • Function of the Electoral College members
  • Criticism of the Electoral College
  • The Electoral College and James Madison

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 related lesson on electoral votes
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of popular votes and how they are translated into electoral votes to identify criticisms of the Electoral College
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding James Madison's views on the Electoral College
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the creation and history of the Electoral College

Additional Learning

Find out more about voting when you take a look at the lesson called What are Electoral Votes? - Definition & Overview. This lesson can help you meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the Electoral College and tell how it came into being
  • Define the term 'electors' and relate their role in presidential elections
  • Explain the significance of the Twelfth Amendment
  • Know at least one criticism of the Electoral College
  • Understand the process by which the President and Vice President are elected