Tyranny of the Majority: Definition & Examples


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Which of the following civilizations first encountered problems with the idea of a Tyranny of the Majority?

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1. Which of the following is a way the U.S. Founding Fathers addressed the idea of tyranny of the majority becoming a threat to the institution of slavery?

2. Which document was added to U.S. law to protect against the threat of a tyranny of the majority?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at when groups have become subjugated throughout history, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the tyranny of the majority. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the civilization that first experienced problems with tyranny of the majority as well as how the U.S. avoided the question of slavery.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Civilizations that faced tyranny of the majority
  • Countries threatened by tyranny
  • Who wrote about the dangers of tyranny in America

Skills Practiced

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

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how the U.S. avoided the problem of slavery and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the U.S. document protecting against tyranny
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related tyranny lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about what can finally call a people to arms, review the corresponding lesson entitled Tyranny of the Majority: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what a tyranny of the majority is
  • Identify when tyranny has occurred through recorded history
  • Describe what the Greeks labeled tyrannical rule
  • Explain the concerns held by our founding fathers over tyranny
  • Appreciate the Bill of Rights in our U.S. Constitution