Freedom of Religion: Definition, Amendment & Rights


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The part of the First Amendment that says 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion' is known as what?

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1. Why was the freedom of religion included in the First Amendment?

2. Which amendment includes the freedom of religion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Freedom of religion is an important American right, and you can assess how much you know about its history and application by using this worksheet. Principles covered in this assessment include the origination of freedom of religion, as well as the doctrines of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment tests your knowledge of key historical facts about freedom of religion and the application of this principle, including:

  • The term that applies to the prohibition against a government-established religion
  • The historical reason that the Bill of Rights includes the right to freedom of religion
  • Identify the Amendment that protects freedom of religion
  • Define the Free Exercise Clause
  • Explain what freedom of religion means

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information describing the rights protected under freedom of religion and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why our founding fathers believed it was important to protect freedom of religion
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the separation of church and state in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about freedom of religion, review the lesson about this right. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand what law protects freedom of religion
  • Know what religious persecution is and how the First Amendment protects against it
  • Differentiate between the Establishment Clause and the separation of church and state
  • Understand the Free Exercise Clause and describe how that exercise may be legally limited