Ex Post Facto: Definition, Laws & Example


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Ex post facto laws are considered to be _____.

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1. Ex post facto in Latin means _____.

2. An ex post facto law _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Legal concerns regarding ex post facto laws go back to a time before the United States was even in existence. This quiz and worksheet will aid in your understanding of the history and details regarding the legal prohibition on such laws.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will test you on:

  • The meaning of ex post facto in Latin
  • The legality and fairness of ex post facto laws
  • Facts about ex post facto laws
  • Articles of the Constitution related to ex post facto laws

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will test your abilities of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history and law lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as unconstitutional and ex post facto
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about permissible legal actions

Additional Learning

To entirely comprehend the legal concept of ex post facto laws, spend some time reviewing the associated lesson. This lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Identify precise terminology related to ex post facto laws
  • Discover the limitations imposed by the Constitution
  • Understand fundamental rights
  • Learn about the Articles of the Constitution
  • Explore hypothetical examples of ex post facto laws in action