The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments


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Marianne immigrated to the United States from Europe in search of better opportunities for herself and her future family. While in the process of applying for US citizenship, Marianne gives birth to a child. Why was the 14th Amendment important to Marianne?

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1. Why are the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments referred to as the Reconstruction Amendments?

2. Which of the following officially ended slavery in the United States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments aimed to grant equal rights. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the Reconstruction Amendments and the purpose that each one served.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following topics:

  • The 13th Amendment
  • The 14th Amendment
  • The 15th Amendment
  • When these amendments passed

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - connect how these amendments changed and granted fundamental rights
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how the Reconstruction Amendments sparked other events like the Civil Rights Movement
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Reconstruction and suffrage
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what the 13th Amendment prohibited
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the 14th Amendment means

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Constitution, review the accompanying lesson on The Reconstruction Amendments. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know why these amendments are called the Reconstruction Amendments
  • Understand what the 14th Amendment allows
  • Examine why it took so long for the 15th Amendment to be unrestricted
  • Explain what the 13th Amendment accomplished
  • Explore the sections of the 14th Amendment