Formal vs. Informal Constitutional Changes: Definition & Examples


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What is a formal change to the U.S. Constitution called?

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1. What is the first official step to amending the Constitution?

2. How many states must ratify an amendment before it is accepted?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you know about the processes involved in making changes to the U.S. Constitution by completing these assessments. States ratifying amendments will be featured on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Knowledge of the following will be tested:

  • Reasoning for informal changes to the Constitution
  • First official step in amending the Constitution
  • Name for the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the name for a formal change to the U.S. Constitution
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question regarding the number of states that have to ratify an amendment prior to acceptance
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on informal changes to the Constitution

Additional Learning

Increase your understanding of how the constitution is changed by completing the lesson titled Formal vs. Informal Constitutional Changes: Definition & Examples. Covered objectives include:

  • Review Marbury vs. Madison
  • Know where guidelines to changing the Constitution can be found
  • Review the 19th Amendment