Marbury v. Madison: Definition, Summary & Significance


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The power that the Supreme Court has to determine if a law or act is constitutional is called

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1. In the Marbury v. Madison case, what act did the Supreme Court declare was unconstitutional?

2. Think about the Marbury v. Madison case. Why did Jefferson prevent his secretary of state from delivering official paperwork to the judges-to-be?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of the lesson on the 19th-century Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • The power that the Supreme Court has to decide what is constitutional
  • An act that the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional
  • What President Thomas Jefferson stopped the secretary of state from doing
  • The ability to take a case straight to the Supreme Court

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Marbury v. Madison
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Supreme Court's power
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the outcome of the case in a different light

Additional Learning

To understand more about the case, review the accompanying lesson titled Marbury v. Madison: Definition, Summary & Significance. This lesson meets the following objectives:

  • Details the background of the case
  • Explains judicial review
  • Covers the Judiciary Act of 1789
  • Explores the impact of the case on the U.S. Supreme Court