Strict Constructionism: Definition, Beliefs & Examples


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Strict constructionism describes what kind of approach to the interpretation of legal texts?

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1. A judge who will interpret a legal text only as it is written is known as which of the following?

2. Which of the following historical figures was considered a strict constructionist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Strict constructionism is a concept relating to legal interpretation that the quiz/worksheet combination will help you to explore. Learn about such details as the elements of strict constructionism and significant historical figures involved in constitutional interpretation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These resources test you on:

  • Examples involving strict constructionism
  • Interpreting legal texts
  • Significant figures in the history of legal interpretation
  • The consequences of strict constructionism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will measure the following skills:

  • Identifying key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify relevant topics, such as the doctrine of absurdity and Minnesota v. Carter
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related strict constructionism lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding strict constructionists

Additional Learning

Learn more about constitutional interpretation by reviewing the associated lesson called Strict Constructionism: Definition, Beliefs & Examples. These objectives will be covered in detail:

  • Know various approaches to interpreting the legal documents
  • Understand the concept of judicial activism
  • Discover the attributes of strict constructionism
  • Understand the potential issues of a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution
  • Identify key historical figures relating to legal interpretation
  • Understand modern examples of strict constructionism