Types of Contract Breach: Partial, Material, & Total


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Contracts are usually made in an effort to formalize an agreement and to protect the parties in the agreement. A contract will place an obligation on each of the contracting parties. In contract law, what is the definition of obligation?

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1. Jorge hires Glenn to cater his parent's anniversary party. They agree that Glenn will provide barbecue pork ribs, smoked chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and a cake that will serve 60 people. Jorge will pay Glenn $500. Glenn provides the food for the party. However, the meats were partially raw, he forgot the side dishes and the cake was decorated with Happy Birthday. Jorge had to go to the grocery at the last minute to buy a new cake and he also found enough fried chicken to serve all the guests, the cost was significantly higher: $850. Of the remedies ordered below, which would be the appropriate enforcement for this type of contract breach?


A total breach of contract occurs when a party wholly fails to fulfill his or her obligations under a contract. Which of these examples demonstrates a total breach of contract?

For each example, Rick has hired Mitch to build a tree house in the large oak tree in his backyard. The tree house is for his grandchildren. It should have three windows and be completed in time for them to enjoy during their visit for Spring Break.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz/worksheet combo, you will be assessed on different distinctions between the classifications of contract breaches and some of the language involved with this.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Contact law
  • A party to a contract fails to live up to legal obligations under the contract
  • The party to the contract fails to fulfill a contract term and the term is negligible
  • When the party doesn't complete an obligation under contract.

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about contractual agreements in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as various contact breaches
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding contract law

Additional Learning

Want to learn more about contract breaches? Check out the accompanying lesson titled Types of Contract Breach: Partial, Material, & Total. It covers things like:

  • Obligation
  • Differences between breaches of contract
  • When breaches of contract may apply