The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure


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Identify which of the following cases is protected by the expectation of privacy:

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1. Milford passed a police officer. The officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana on him. What can the officer do?

2. The police suspect that a few apartments in a complex are involved in prostitution. They are uncertain about which apartment it is, but would like to search all of them. Why would a search without a warrant be illegal?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The United States Constitution affords many rights and protections to citizens. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of how the Fourth Amendment protects citizens from illegal search and seizure. You'll be tested on areas that include probable cause, types of warrants, and reasonable suspicion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on the following aspects of search and seizure laws under the Fourth Amendment:

  • Definition of probable cause
  • When warrants are required
  • what policemen can do without a warrant
  • Protections of the Fourth Amendment

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 related lesson on the Fourth Amendment
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding protections under the Fourth Amendment and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding expectation of privacy
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about warrants and when they are required

Additional Learning

To learn more about the protections under the Fourth Amendment, review the accompanying lesson The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure. This social studies lesson covers the following information:

  • Famous cases involving search and seizure
  • Definition of expectation of privacy
  • Plain view and stop and frisk doctrines
  • Types of warrants and when they are required