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The Bill of Rights (Grades 11-12)

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The Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
What does the Bill of Rights protect?
  1. the Congress
  2. a citizen's individual rights
  3. the rights of animals
  4. popular sovereignty
What are the bill of rights exactly?

What is the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights?
  1. Freedom of Religion
  2. The Right to bear Arms
  3. Freedom from Unreasonable Search & Serizure
  4. The Right to a Lawyer
The Bill of Rights was designed to limit the power of:
  1. the Supreme Court
  2. state governments
  3. the federal government
  4. all of the above
Under the Bill of Rights, probable cause is required for -
  1. warrants
  2. convictions
  3. appeals
  4. sentences
Which of the following would NOT be protected by the Bill of Rights?
  1. a person practicing a particular religion
  2. a speech that is critical of the government
  3. a person accused of a crime
  4. a business owner raising prices
Which quote would not be supported by the Bill of Rights?
  1. "Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress." - MLK Jr.
  2. "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." - Thomas Jefferson
  3. "The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom." - John Locke
  4. "Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice." - Arcesilaus
Maria was tried and convicted of a crime to which there were no witnesses. The person she allegedly committed the crime against also refused to testify. Maria wants to overturn her case. Which amendment supports her right to do so?
  1. Amendment 3
  2. Amendment 4
  3. Amendment 5
  4. Amendment 6
A group wants to start a Bible study as an after school club. The principal of the school says they can't join the other school clubs because they have a religious group. What amendment does the principal violate?
  1. Amendment 1
  2. Amendment 2
  3. Amendment 3
  4. Amendment 4
Although written many years ago, the Bill of Rights are still used today. Why do you think that is?

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