You and the Constitution
To appreciate the enormous impact the U.S. Constitution has on your life,
imagine for a moment that it does not exist. What difference would this
The U.S. right have remained the loose confederation of independent states,
each one making its own decisions about political, social and economic
matters. Some states, for example might give the right to vote, serve on
juries, and to receive equal pay for equal works; others might not. Some
states might allow government to establish and pay for religious education
others might not.
In terms of the day-to-day lives of individuals, the U.S. Constitution –
both the original document and amendments that have been added in the past
200 years– has a tremendous impact.
The Constitution’s history of success is credited to its writers, men who,
with a vision of their new nation, created a flexible document that could be
adapted as society changed.
How much do you know about the Constitution? The following questions test
your knowledge of how the Constitution affects the lives of young people.
The answer to each question is either “true” or “false” for a total of 10
All Americans have unlimited right to freedom of expression.
The U.S. Constitution recognizes that the good of society must outweigh the
rights of the individuals.
A young person can be asked to testify against himself in a juvenile
A juvenile has a right to a lawyer if accused of a crime.
Minors have the same trial by jury as adults.
High school students have a right to conduct a political
demonstration at school.
A principal can stop the publication of a school newspaper it it is
saying bad things about the school.
If a juvenile is arrested his or her parents must be informed
If a school official searches a student’s locker without a search
warrant, nothing that is found can be used against the student.
people have the same rights under the U.S. Constitution as adults.
Take this quiz before and after the Constitution is studied in class. Answer
can be found in class.
9-10 right Constitutional scholar
7-8 right Knowledgeable citizen
Average person on street
or fewer You are not looking out for your rights!
Case study challenges
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Constitutional question involved
Results of the case
Precedent set or upheld by Court.
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