Miller v. California in 1973: Summary & Decision


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For which of the following offenses was Marvin Miller arrested in 1971?

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1. The California law that Miller allegedly broke was based on a Supreme Court case that had previously established standard for obscenity. What was that standard?

2. This man was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1973 and delivered the majority opinion in the Miller v. California case:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Miller v. California was a Supreme Court case that attempted to set parameters for what constituted obscenity and to provide a guideline for future cases. This quiz/worksheet combo will give you an overview and analysis of the case and will test you with multiple choice questions relating to the pertinent facts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • Cause of Marvin Miller's arrest in 1971
  • Established standard regarding obscenity
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice who delivered the majority opinion
  • Conditions of the three-prong standard

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Miller v. California
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why Marvin Miller was arrested, resulting in the court case, and who was the Chief Justice that presided over the case
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a Supreme Court case on the scope of obscenity and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about a Supreme Court case from the 1970s, review the corresponding lesson on Miller v. California. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifies what the term 'obscenity' means
  • Provides a background for the case of Miller v. California
  • Describes 'obscenity' as defined by the Supreme Court case
  • Discusses the three-prong standard that resulted from the case and the impact of the court's decision