New York Times v. Sullivan: Summary & Overview


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In what publication was the ad that caused Sullivan to file suit?

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1. Why did Sullivan feel that he was justified in being the plaintiff in New York Times v. Sullivan and Abernathy v. Sullivan?

2. What was the case that was heard by the Supreme Court in conjunction with New York Times v. Sullivan?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet provides you with the opportunity to check your knowledge of the events leading up to and involving the state and Supreme Court rulings of the New York Times v. Sullivan case in the 1960s. The printable worksheet is a handy tool you can reference while taking the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions in this assessment focus on your ability to answer questions about:

  • Publication Sullivan filed suit against
  • Rreason Sullivan felt justified in being named in the case
  • Separate case involving Sullivan heard by the Supreme Court
  • Number of Supreme Court justices who sided with Sullivan in the first case
  • Term used to describe a public official plaintiff's burden of proof in a libel claim

Skills Practiced

You will use and strengthen the following skills with this quiz/worksheet combo:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the Supreme Court decision in the Sullivan case
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the second Sullivan case heard in the court at the same time as the New York Times v. Sullivan case
  • Knowledge application - use what you know to answer questions about Sullivan's reasons for pursuing a libel case

Additional Learning

Want to know more about this case and landmark decision? Use the lesson, New York Times v. Sullivan: Summary & Overview, to get more information about:

  • Full-page ad supporting Martin Luther King, Jr. that led to the New York Times v. Sullivan case
  • Sullivan libel case heard at the state level in Alabama
  • Additional case in which Sullivan sued those who financed the ad
  • Supreme Court's hearing of the two cases following appeals of the state decisions
  • Rulings on the Sullivan cases that left a lasting impression on future libel cases