What is Eminent Domain? - Definition, History & Examples


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The ___________ of the United States Constitution stipulates that government entities must provide 'just compensation' when taking ownership of private property.

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1. Just compensation for condemned private property is measured by _____________.

2. Examples of a general public purpose include ________________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Review how private property becomes public property with this quiz on eminent domain. Answer practice questions about possible uses for land that the government purchases and how compensation for this type of property is determined.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take this quiz to see how well you can meet the following goals:

  • Select the constitutional amendment that refers to eminent domain
  • Know the most important factor in establishing just compensation
  • Pick out examples of a general public purpose
  • Specify the process by which the government can purchase land under eminent domain

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - demonstrate your absorption of the material from the related lesson on eminent domain
  • Interpreting information - read and correctly interpret the accompanying lesson to answer questions about just compensation and citizens' views on eminent domain
  • Information recall - show that you remember important facts about how eminent domain is used to seize private property

Additional Learning

To become well-versed in the subject of eminent domain, read the lesson called What is Eminent Domain? - Definition, History & Examples. In it, you'll review the following:

  • Details about how the Constitution spells out public and private land protections
  • Appropriate uses of eminent domain
  • A thorough example of the government putting eminent domain into practice
  • All that is considered in determining just compensation for private property