What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance


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Why was freedom of religion so important to the original European settlers to the U.S.?

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1. What two clauses encompass the concept of separation of church and state?

2. Which of the following describes a law that does not violate the Free Exercise Clause?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of how we came to enjoy having freedom of religion in our country. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding why freedom of religion was important to our early settlers as well as knowing the two clauses encompassing the separation of church and state.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Reason freedom of religion was important to the settlers
  • Two clauses encompassing church and state separation
  • Violations of the Free Exercise Clause
  • Laws violating the Establishment Clause
  • When the clauses on the freedom of religion have been amended

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the two clauses dealing with the separation of church and state
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the reasons the settlers valued religious freedom and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related significance of the freedom of religion lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about this important aspect in our lives despite many taking it for granted, review the corresponding lesson called What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand when religious freedom began for our country
  • Identify the two different clauses of the U.S. Constitution
  • Describe what the Establishment Clause prohibits
  • Appreciate what having the Free Exercise clause allows for
  • Know the importance of the enduring nature of religious freedom in our country