Equal Protection Under The Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary


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What is the purpose of the Equal Protection Clause?

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1. The Equal Protection Clause required constitutional backing primarily because _____.

2. What was the effect of Plessy v. Ferguson on the Equal Protection Clause?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo reviews the wording and significance of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. You'll also learn about the history of states' reactions to the 14th Amendment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • How states responded to the Equal Protection Clause
  • The role of the federal government in the Equal Protection Clause
  • The purpose of the Equal Protection Clause

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 Equal Protection Clause lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how the rights ensured by the Equal Protection Clause have been upheld in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the states' response to the Equal Protection Clause and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more this topic, review the lesson Equal Protection Under the Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the rights afforded to people under the Equal Protection Clause
  • Trace how the Equal Protection Clause has been interpreted by the Supreme Court
  • Understand how different states reacted to the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment