First Amendment Quiz

30 questions designed to test your understanding of the essential freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Bill of Rights is:
How does the First Amendment begin?
True or false: The First Amendment protects students while at school.
Which of the following is not a right explicitly protected by the First Amendment?
True or false: The Constitution prohibits public school teachers from teaching about religion in school.
Which of the following categories of speech is never protected by the First Amendment?
True or false: The First Amendment protects a person's right to burn the American flag as a form of political protest?
Bart is ticked off. To make time for more standardized testing, the public school he attends has decided to reduce recess to three minutes a day. To protest the school's decision, he publishes a one-page flyer that says "Recess Rules! Standardized Testing Drools." As he has seen many other community activists do before, he takes his flyers to the town square, where he peacefully offers copies to passerby. Which of the following acts probably violates his First Amendment rights?
At what age does the First Amendment officially begin to protect a person's free speech rights?
Which of the following are true?
Which of the following categories of speech is never protected by the First Amendment?
Can a reporter be sent to jail for refusing a judge's order to reveal the identity of his or her news source?
A local 14-year-old girl was recently found guilty of masterminding a dognapping ring, which had shaken the community for months. Though the legal proceedings were closed to the public because she was charged as a minor, a trusted source has confirmed that the judge today sentenced the girl to four years in a juvenile detention center. You are the editor of the community newspaper who must decide how to cover the story. Which of the following options would the First Amendment protect?
Which of the following categories of speech is never protected by the First Amendment?
True or false: The government can ban song lyrics that most people would find offensive.
Which of the following categories of speech is never protected by the First Amendment?
True or false: The First Amendment limits the authority of school officials to strip-search students.
True or false: While the First Amendment restricts their authority to actually censor the press, government officials must be permitted to simply read or view highly controversial news stories before a commercial newspaper or TV station publishes or airs them for the general public.
True or false: The First Amendment prohibits private schools that accept government funding from censoring or punishing students who participate in lawful and peaceful on-campus speech activities.
Which student is most likely to prevail on his or her First Amendment claim?
True or false: The church/state clause of the First Amendment prohibits students from praying in class before a test.
True or false: Students cannot be forced to pledge allegiance to the flag.
Betty is upset with her public school's proposed new dress code policy. She writes a column in which she explains why she opposes the policy. In the column, she criticizes the principal for using innacurate statistics to support his position and urges her classmates to contact the school board to urge them to vote against the policy. Which of the following would be protected by the First Amendment?
True or false: A public school can lawfully enact a campus speech code that prohibits "harassing, demeaning, highly offensive or insulting speech based on one's actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other personal characteristic."
True or false: A press pass gives reporters a First Amendment right to trespass on private property when covering the news.
Which of the following categories of speech is never protected by the First Amendment?
True or false: Where a public school fully funds its student newspaper, public high school principals have unlimited authority to dictate its content.
The First Amendment does not protect which of the following religious beliefs?
A group advocating same-sex marriage has applied for a permit to march down Anytown's Main Street. The town's mayor — knowing the issue is highly controversial — has called for a special election in which the town's voters will decide whether the permit is granted. Which of the following statements is true?
Which of the following categories of speech is never protected by the First Amendment?
30 questions designed to test your understanding of the essential freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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