'Necessary & Proper' and Interstate Commerce Clauses


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Why is the necessary and proper clause in the Constitution?

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1. The Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to regulate commerce between the states. What clause gives Congress this power?

2. What is commerce that takes place between two or more states known as?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By taking a look at the two important clauses of the Constitution, this quiz and worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of how Congress justifies laws that don't seem to fall under it's purview.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • What gives Congress the power to
    • make pretty much any law it deems appropriate
    • regulate commerce
  • Type of commerce which occurs between two or more states
  • What part of the Constitution keeps individual states from restricting trade between states
  • What court case established the means to an end test

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how Congress is able to make laws not directly under its purview and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about which clause or court case applies to a given power
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the commerce and necessary and proper clauses

Additional Learning

To learn more about this crucial part of our Constitution, review the corresponding lesson called 'Necessary and Proper' and Interstate Commerce Clauses. This lesson should help you:

  • Understand the purpose of the necessary and proper clause
  • Describe what the commerce clause allows
  • Identify how these clauses can be interpreted
  • Explain how other areas can also be regulated with the commerce clause
  • Appreciate the role of the dormant commerce clause in our country