What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle - Quiz & Worksheet


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In Johnson v. State, why was Johnson arrested?

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1. Merv was walking his dog late at night. The police stopped him and demanded to know where he was coming from, why he was outside at such a late hour, and how much money he had on his person. Merv explained that he had no destination in mind, he had no money with him, and he had no reason other than to walk his dog. Can he be arrested?

2. The new City Attorney has decided to crack down on crime in Mapleville. He decides that no person who is arrested shall receive a list of charges. The arrested party must wait several weeks in jail before formal charges are filed. Can he legally implement this new process?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The rule of law forms the basis of American society, and this worksheet can help you test your understanding of this rule. Some of the principles that you will be assessed on include the definition of the rule of law, how it was defined and its daily application.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on key principles and facts about the rule of law, such as the following:

  • What principles are defined under the rule of law
  • How these principles are satisfied by police
  • How the rule of law defines the hierarchy of laws in our society
  • How the rule of law applies to the language contained in statutes
  • How the rule of law applies to due process

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the rule of law
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as due process and statute
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how a statute can violate a person's rights
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about who is above the law and what it means to be above the law

Additional Learning

To learn more about how the rule of law is defined, review the accompanying lesson about the principles of the rule of law. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand what makes a law unfair
  • Explain how a person can be expected to know when their behavior conforms to the law
  • Know the name of the case that established the principles of the rule of law
  • Differentiate between what makes a statute vague and when a statute violates due process
  • Understand how laws are to be enforced impartially
  • Know how the rule of law can be used in defense of allegations against you