Strict Constructionists: Definition & Approach


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A theory of legal interpretation that requires that unambiguous language be given its literal plain meaning is _____.

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1. A theory of legal interpretation that does not require absolute obedience to the literal or technical definition of a term so long as the term can reasonably be interpreted in a different way in light of the context and the reason or purpose behind the law is known as _____.

2. A statute reads that a personal injury lawsuit must be commenced within three years of the date of the injury. A judge dismisses a personal injury lawsuit filed three years and one day after the date of the injury. The date of the injury is not in dispute. What theory of legal interpretation supports this result?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Our legal system is full of straight-forward definitions and complex concepts, and this quiz has been developed to see how well you understand the legal theory of the strict constructionist approach. A few of the questions on the quiz are definition-based about terms associated with this approach, but other questions provide situations that you must interpret in relation to the strict constructionist approach.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these evaluation tools to measure how much you recall about:

  • Legal interpretation that promotes literal plain meaning
  • Legal theory that allows non-traditional interpretation
  • Examples of interpretation theories and approaches
  • Strict constructionist resource for law interpretation

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can assist you with refining the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related strict constructionist lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about approaches to legal interpretation in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what resource a strict constructionist might use to interpret the law

Additional Learning

Expand your knowledge about this topic by going through the related lesson, Strict Constructionists: Definition & Approach. While you can use the lesson to find answers to quiz questions, you can also read through the materials to gain insight on the following:

  • Comparison of legal interpretation approaches
  • King v. Burwell and examples of interpretation
  • Applications for each approach and when to use them