Fighting Words Doctrine: Definition, Law & Examples


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Which of the following best describes fighting words?

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1. Which clause of the U.S. Constitution provides protection for non-fighting words?

2. In order to constitute 'fighting words', the Supreme Court requires which of the following elements:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In 1942, the Supreme Court added a clause to the Constitution that limited the types of language it protected. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of the Fighting Words Doctrine, including the court's definition of fighting words and the point at which these words are no longer legally protected.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will need to know the following information to pass this quiz:

  • Characteristics of fighting words
  • Constitutional clause relevant to the Fighting Words Doctrine
  • Practical application in determining liability

Skills Practiced

Students will also practice these related skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on fighting words
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Fighting Words Doctrine and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how the Supreme Court defines fighting words

Additional Learning

Read the lesson titled Fighting Words Doctrine: Definition, Law & Examples to learn more about this Constitutional clause. The lesson's objectives are:

  • Introduce the Chaplinksy v. New Hampshire case that resulted in the addition of the Fighting Words Doctrine
  • Analyze the decision of the Cohen v. California Supreme Court case
  • Discuss the outcome of Brandenburg v. Ohio as it relates to fighting words