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Sedition Act of 1798: Definition & Summary

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The Sedition Act made it a crime to:

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1. The Sedition Act has its historical roots in what previous law?

2. The first two American political parties that openly criticized one another in the press were the:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In the nascent United States, some leaders felt it necessary to restrict even the right to free speech in order to preserve and protect the country. Together, the quiz and worksheet for this lesson will help you understand and recall the important information on the Sedition Act of 1798.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The Founding Fathers
  • Historical roots of the Sedition Act
  • The first political parties in the U.S.
  • Free speech and the U.S. Constitution

Skills Practiced

The quiz/worksheet set will assess your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American government lesson
  • Information recall - use what you've learned regarding John Adams' reason for signing the act into law
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the early United States

Additional Learning

Make sure that you have understood all of the material by reviewing the lesson titled Sedition Act of 1798: Definition & Summary. This lesson covers these objectives in detail:

  • Understand the initial purpose of the Sedition Act of 1798
  • Identify key figures opposing the Sedition Act
  • Understand the right to free speech
  • Discover the concept of constitutionality and how it applies to the Sedition Act
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