What is a Poll Tax? - Definition & History


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What amendment to the Constitution abolished poll taxes in federal elections?

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1. What prompted states to begin utilizing poll taxes?

2. Which of the following had the effect of pushing Congress to abolish federal election poll taxes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of what a poll tax is and the laws that eventually abolished its use in the United States of America. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include civil rights acts and Jim Crow laws.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  • Why states adopted the use of a poll tax
  • Motivation for Congress to abolish poll taxes
  • Laws of discrimination once common in America

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the poll tax
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the constitutional amendments associated with the poll tax
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Jim Crow laws and 24th Amendment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why the poll tax was eventually abolished

Additional Learning

To learn more about this controversial practice, review the accompanying lesson on Poll Tax History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the term poll tax
  • Understand the history of the poll tax in the U.S.
  • Identify the purpose of the 24th Amendment
  • Differentiate between the abolition of the state and federal poll tax