The Elastic Clause of the Constitution: Definition & Example


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Which of these was NOT a principle established in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland?

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1. The Constitution's provision that Congress has the right to 'make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution' its powers is sometimes referred to as the _____

2. In the McCulloch case, who was the Supreme Court's Chief Justice?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Have you ever wondered how the U.S. Constitution allows for changes in society and technology, given that it was written over 200 years ago? Maybe you know about the elastic clause in the constitution, and this quiz and worksheet will help you test your knowledge of this clause by addressing facts such as what the elastic clause is and how it was defined in a famous court case.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the history of the elastic clause, including:

  • The legal principles established in McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The definition of the elastic clause
  • The name of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when McCulloch v. Maryland was decided
  • The name of the federal institution that was challenged in McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The name for the existence of authorized powers that are not specifically defined

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the necessary and proper clause in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the purpose of the elastic clause in the U.S. Constitution and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as enumerated powers and implied powers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Supreme Court case McCulloch v. Maryland

Additional Learning

To learn more about the elastic clause, review the accompanying lesson about the elastic clause of the constitution. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how the founding fathers provided for changes in society and technology when drafting the Constitution
  • Know where the elastic clause is located in the Constitution and the other name it is known by
  • Understand what enumerated powers are and what purpose they serve
  • Explain the elastic clause and how it is applied
  • Know the Supreme Court case that first defined a usage of the elastic clause and when that case was decided
  • Explain implied powers