The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts


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How did southern states limit the voting rights of African Americans?

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1. What was the effect of the Selma protests on the Voting Rights Act?

2. Who did the Voting Rights Act give authority to oversee elections in states with possible discrimination?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combination will show your understanding of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. During the quiz, you will be tested on areas such as the Selma protests and the case Shelby County v. Holder.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • The Selma protests
  • Southern states limiting the voting rights of African Americans
  • Shelby County v. Holder
  • Amendments to the Voting Rights Act

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about amendments to the act
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the protests in Selma and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Pull up the accompanying lesson called The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts to find out more about the this time in history. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Details the 14th and 15th amendments
  • Defines Jim Crow laws
  • Explains the Selma protests and the role Martin Luther King Jr. played in them
  • Covers Shelby County v. Holder