Chapter 19: Civil Rights Movement

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Civil Rights Movement Quizzes & Trivia

Running from 1954 to 1963, the civil rights movement was the campaign which aimed to enforce constitutional and legal rights in the US for African Americans which other Americans already had access to. What do you know about this incredibly important period in human history?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The supreme court has decided that any law classifying people on the basis of their race or ethnicity is
    • A. 

      Illegal.

    • B. 

      To be referred to the courts of individual states.

    • C. 

      Constitutional.

    • D. 

      Unconstitutional.

    • E. 

      To be subjected to especially close scrutiny.

  • 2. 
    The (blank) Amendment to the U.S. Constitution appeared to guarantee equal rights for blacks.(Fill in the blank)
    • A. 

      First

    • B. 

      Fourteenth

    • C. 

      Twenty-first

    • D. 

      Twenty-fifth

    • E. 

      Twenty-sixth

  • 3. 
    The supreme court decision that held constitutional the doctrine of separate but equal was
    • A. 

      Siquel v. Board of Regents.

    • B. 

      Sweatt v. Painter

    • C. 

      Brown v. Board of Education.

    • D. 

      Milikin v. Bradley.

    • E. 

      Plessy v. Ferguson.

  • 4. 
    Plessy v. Ferguson had the effect of
    • A. 

      Declaring that segregated public facilities, if equal, did not violate the fourteenth amendment.

    • B. 

      Prohibiting all-white juries in state court trials.

    • C. 

      Applying the Bill of Rights to the states as well as to the national government.

    • D. 

      Ruling that racially separate schools were inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional.

    • E. 

      Banning interracial marriages in the Northeastern United States.

  • 5. 
    The importance of the Brown v. Board of Education civil rights case was that the supreme court 
    • A. 

      Declared unconstitutional laws creating schools that were separate but obviously unequal.

    • B. 

      Declared unconstitutional laws supporting schools that were separate but unequal in subtle ways.

    • C. 

      Ruled that racially separate schools were inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional.

    • D. 

      Ruled that schools discriminating on the basis of race could be denied access to federal funds.

    • E. 

      Ruled segregation was lawful if mandated by a state constitution.

  • 6. 
    Segregation that results from official action, as opposed to segregation resulting from existing residential patterns, is
    • A. 

      De jure v. de facto.

    • B. 

      Legal v. historical.

    • C. 

      Legal v. illegal.

    • D. 

      Constitutional.

    • E. 

      De jure v. de yo mamma.

  • 7. 
    Nonviolence as a principle in achieving civil rights gains is associated primarily with the leadership of
    • A. 

      Martin Luther King Jr.

    • B. 

      Stokely Carmichael.

    • C. 

      Jesse Jackson.

    • D. 

      A. Philip Randolph.

    • E. 

      Marcus Garvey.

  • 8. 
    One factor helping to break the deadlock that developed in the civil rights movement during the early 1960's was the 
    • A. 

      Assassination of President Kennedy.

    • B. 

      Supreme court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

    • C. 

      Centralization of power in the House and Senate.

    • D. 

      Civil unrest that shook several northern cities.

    • E. 

      The election of Republican presidents.

  • 9. 
    In the case of Rostker v. Goldberg, the supreme court held that
    • A. 

      Drafting men only was a denial of equal treatment.

    • B. 

      Drafting women only was a denial of equal treatment.

    • C. 

      Women could not be drafted unless war had been officially declared.

    • D. 

      Women in the military must be treated the same as men.

    • E. 

      Women were exempt from the draft.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following statements about a woman's right to abortion is correct?
    • A. 

      It was to be guaranteed under the Equal Rights Amendment.

    • B. 

      Until 1973 it was decided by states.

    • C. 

      It is protected under the right to privacy statue of the 14th amendment.

    • D. 

      Until Roe v. Wade it was regulated by federal law.

    • E. 

      It is absolute, and completely beyond the regulatory power of the states.

  • 11. 
    An argument used by many critics of abortion to support their position is that
    • A. 

      Life begins at birth.

    • B. 

      A woman's right to privacy is not guaranteed by the 14th amendment

    • C. 

      Abortion represents a breakdown of the wall of separation between church and state.

    • D. 

      The fetus is entitled to equal protection of the laws.

    • E. 

      Abortion violates the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution.

  • 12. 
    Forbidding the use of federal funds to pay for abortions is the intent of the 
    • A. 

      Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

    • B. 

      Prolife Amendment.

    • C. 

      Stop killing our babies amendment.

    • D. 

      Zach-Landon Amendment

    • E. 

      Hyde Amendment

  • 13. 
    When a law is classifying people on their race or ethnicity, it must be put under
    • A. 

      A microscope.

    • B. 

      A magnifying glass.

    • C. 

      The act of being unconstitutional .

    • D. 

      The act of reverse discrimination.

    • E. 

      Strict scrutiny.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following statements regarding aliens is incorrect?
    • A. 

      They can vote and run for office.

    • B. 

      They must pay taxes and, if legally admitted, are entitled to welfare benefits.

    • C. 

      They can be barred by states from serving on juries.

    • D. 

      If illegally admitted, they cannot obtain a Social Security card.

    • E. 

      Their children cannot be excluded from the public school system.

  • 15. 
    True or False- In Brown v. Board of Education, the supreme court overthrew the separate-but-equal doctrine.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    True or False- De jure segregation refers to segregation maintained by law.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    The supreme court's recent decisions on the rights of homosexuals have been sharply divided and, arguably, inconsistent.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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