Civics Civil Liberties Test Review

Civil Liberties Test Review Sheet
You will be expected to understand civil liberties, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I will expect you to know all of the cases listed or linked on this page.
You will have a test on civil liberties on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. You may use the brown book (chapter 15) that live under your classroom desk.

Know the following
Here's a link to Freedom of Speech in School. You should know these cases.
You should know these general Supreme Court Cases on Speech and Religion.
know any cases and information from our classroom civil liberties round robin work!
Know about Freedom of the Press around the world and how much freedom of the press the US has.
Make sure you know about the limits of the free exercise clause.
Make sure you know the limits of freedom of speech.

Answer the following questions

1. What rights are protected in the first amendment?
3. What public funds can go to parochial (religious) schools?
4. How did the Burger Court define obscenity?
5. Is flag burning illegal?
6. Did the magicians, Penn and Teller really burn a flag on stage?
7. Explain whether polygamy is protected by The First Amendment.
8. What is the difference between the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause?
9. Is the term "separation of Church and State" in the First Amendment?
10. Can a public school have a Bible study????

Identify the following

1. First Amendment
2. Establishment Clause
3. Free Exercise Clause
4. Freedom of Petition
5. Clear and present danger doctrine
6. Fighting words
700. Freedom of the Press
8. Freedom of Assembly

Practice Essay Questions

1. The First Amendment includes two clauses relating to the freedom of religion.
(a) Select one of the following cases and identify the First Amendment clause upon which the United States Supreme Court based its decision.
Engel v. Vitale
Reynolds v. US
(b) Describe the Supreme Court’s decision in the case that you selected in (a).
(c) Many of these decision have caused controversy in the United States. Describe two ways in which other political institutions might limit the impact of Supreme Court decisions.

2. Do you believe we have too many, too few, or the right amount of civil liberties today? Answer the question with examples of at least two Supreme Court cases that illustrate our First Amendment rights today.


Landmark Supreme Court Cases
CaseAmendment Significance
Reynolds v US

Plessy v Ferguson

Brown v Board of Education of Topeka

Miranda v Arizona

Texas v. Johnson

Schenck v US

Roe v Wade

Engle v Vitale

Miller v. California

Hazlewood School District v Kuhlmeir

Santa Fe Independent School District v Doe

Morse v Frederick

Snyder v. Phelps

Tinker v DesMoines

Chaplinsky v. State of New Hampshire

J.S. v Bethlehem Area School District

O'Brien v. Westlake City Schools Board of Education

Be sure to know all of the cases in the chart above and any other Landmark Supreme Court cases we have covered in class that are not listed above.

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