Bill of Rights Scenarios
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  • Question 1
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    Belle inherited a parcel of land on the outskirts of an Mississippi town that has been in her family for generations. Even though her family has never utilized the land, she now wishes to build, along with her brothers, a small family restaurant on the inherited land. Ellie applies for a building permit and finds out that the Iowa legislature recently passed a law preventing further construction on land designated as "protected wetlands." Her land, it turns out, is now designated as "protected wetlands," and she is denied a building permit for any future building on the property. Which amendment comes into play?

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    4th

    5th

    7th

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    The student body of Gulfport High School, a fine public school, took a vote. By a vast majority, they voted to conduct a student-led prayer over the loudspeaker system of their football field before the kick-off of each home game. They elected Toby, the student body president, to conduct the non-denominational prayer. Grace, an atheist, objected. She was neither required to participate, nor punished for refusing. Nonetheless, Grace believes the public prayer itself to be unconstitutional. Which amendment and which part of the Constitution comes into play?

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    Republican government clause

    Freedom of religion clause

    Elections clause of the Constitution

    Necessary and Proper clause

    Establishment clause

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    Noah has been found guilty of a heinous crime: attacking and killing his boss in a fit of rage. In the sentencing phase of his trial, Noah's lawyers produced two psychologists who testified to the fact that Noah was, in fact, mentally ill. Benny's lawyers and psychologists argued that the jury should not be allowed to assign the death penalty as punishment for Noah's crimes. It was quite probable, the psychologists testified, that Noah did not fully understand the outcome of his actions, and while this fact does not absolve him of punishment, he should not be put to death. Which amendment comes into play?

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    2nd

    4th

    6th

    8th

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    Morgan and Peyton were ardent followers of the Amish faith, and following Amish doctrine, did not wish to enroll their children in school beyond 8th grade. Their state legislature, however, had passed a law requiring all children to attend school until age 16. Such a law, Andy and Anna believed, violated the duties required of them as an Amish family, and they refused to comply with the law. The state prosecuted and punished Andy and Anna for violating the law and refusing to send their children to school. Which part of the Constitution comes into play?

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    1st Freedom of Religion

    4th illegal searches and siezures

    1st Establishment of religion

    9th unenumerated rights

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    Evan was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and rape. He was taken to the police station, where the victim picked Evan out of a lineup. An officer pointed to a woman in the police station and asked if she was the victim. Evan told them, "Yeah, that's her." The police then took him to an interrogation room where he was questioned for two hours. He verbally confessed to the crime and signed a written statement, prepared by the police, admitting his guilt. Evan's confession included a statement that he was aware of his rights, and that any statements he made could be used against him. However, the police made little effort throughout the interrogation to allow Evan to access a lawyer, or generally notify him of his rights. Which amendment comes into play?

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    1st

    4th

    6th

    5th

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    Demery, a respected physician in the community, was accused of murdering her husband, Logan. Demery continually maintained her innocence in Logan's death. The murder trial was a media sensation - reporters were in the courtroom, and were even assigned seats between the jurors and the defendant. The story was all over the local and state press for weeks. Editorials demanded a guilty verdict. The jury was not sequestered and had access to the media coverage. Demery was found guilty. After her conviction, Demery claimed that the extensive media coverage tainted her prosecution and led to an unfair guilty verdict. She appealed her conviction, arguing that the media coverage biased the opinions of those in her community, requiring that her guilty verdict be overturned. Which amendment comes into play?

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    1st

    4th

    5th

    6th

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    Ashton, a public high school student, was caught smoking cigarettes in the school bathroom. The teacher who caught Ashton took her to the principal's office, where a school official questioned her about whether or not she was smoking in the bathroom. She denied it. The principal, not believing her story, decided to take further action by looking into Ashton's purse. He found a pack of cigarettes as well as a bag of rolling papers commonly associated with marijuana use. The official then decided to thoroughly search Ashton's purse. He discovered a bag of marijuana and various papers that seemed to indicate that Ashton was dealing marijuana. He placed Ashton on suspension and called the police. Which amendment comes into play?

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    1st

    4th

    6th

    8th

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    Matt was a prominent leader of the Ku Klux Klan. At a Klan rally, Matt advocated support for the Klan ideal of "white power." He gave a speech full of racial epithets. He also said, in an apparent threat, "If our President, our Congress, and our Supreme Court continues to suppress the whites, it's possible that there might have to be some revenge taken." He was arrested afterwards for violating a state law that prohibited the advocacy of crime, sabotage, or violence as a means of accomplishing political reform. The law also prohibited the gathering of an society or group formed to teach or advocate such messages. Matt was fined $1000 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Which amendment comes into play?

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    1st

    3rd

    8th

    10th

  • Question 9
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    Maddie loves her dog and boyfriend equally. It is the year 3000.

    Cloning and genetic modifications have made it possible to meld the personalities of dogs with the bodies of humans. Maddie argues for "a right to clone" and asks the court to consider creating a new right in light of the advances in technology since the founding.

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    1st Amendment freedom of press

    9th Amendment unenumerated rights

    6th Amendment right to confront witnesses

    1st Amendment freedom of speech/expression

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    Seth creates a flame-throwing hunting gun and is arrested for using it to kill squirrels in their nests. He is arrested for reckless endangerment to wildlife and his gun is destroyed. What Amendment applies?

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    2nd Amendment

    5th Amendment

    4th Amendment

    10th Amendment

  • Question 11
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    Q. A group of college students create a website with detailed instructions about how to create a homemade explosive.
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    Amendment 2
    Amendment 5
    Amendment 1
    Amendment 8
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    Q. John works in a department store at the mall. The other day, a bag of illegal drugs was found in the parking lot of the mall. As a result, the police proceeded to open and search through all of the cars in the parking lot at that time.
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    Amendment 4
    Amendment 7
    Amendment 5
    Amendment 1
  • Question 13
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    Q. Daniel Johnson is a homeless man arrested for stealing from a large department store. The judge set bail at 1 million dollars, an unusually high amount.
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    Amendment 1
    Amendment 4
    Amendment 8
    Amendment 3
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    Q. The streets of Arlington were filled with violent protesters, and the National Guard was called in to help with the crowds. Some of the officers came to Alice’s house and demanded that she give them food and a place to sleep for the night.
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    Amendment 1
    Amendment 3 
    Amendment 8
    Amendment 6
  • Question 15
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    Q. Mr. Jones’ gun was confiscated by the police at a traffic stop, even though he showed them the proper permit and license for ownership of the gun.
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    Amendment 1
    Amendment 9
    Amendment 7
    Amendment 2
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    Q. Carl was arrested for assault five years ago. He has been sitting in jail awaiting his trial ever since then, and the court claims that the process has been lengthened due to complications with logistics concerning court dates and witness information.
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    Amendment 8
    Amendment 6
    Amendment 4
    Amendment 2
  • Question 17
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    Q. Since Anna was convicted of stealing, the judge thought it would be an appropriate punishment to cut off one of her hands as a reminder to never steal again.
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    Amendment 8
    Amendment 5
    Amendment 3
    Amendment 1
  • Question 18
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    Q. Jane is a student in a public elementary school. Every day before lunch, her teacher instructs the class to remember to say grace before the meal.
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    Amendment 3
    Amendment 7
    Amendment 1
    Amendment 10
  • Question 19
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    Q. Melanie asks her friend Torri, a hairdresser, to style her hair. When Torri completes the job Melanie is unhappy with the result and refuses to pay. Torri sues her for $40.
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    Amendment 5
    Amendment 7
    Amendment 8
    Amendment 3
  • Question 20
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    Q. The Garcia family plans a vacation to Argentina. They wouldn’t necessarily have this right in some other countries in the world.
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    Amendment 4
    Amendment 2
    Amendment 9
    Amendment 5
  • Question 21
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    Q. Carlos and Mayra apply for a Texas marriage license.
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    Amendment 5
    Amendment 3
    Amendment 7
    Amendment 10
  • Question 22
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    Q. Jeffrey is suspected in the shooting death of his wife. He is acquitted because no gun was found. A year later a contractor found the gun hidden under a floor board.
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    Amendment 5
    Amendment 3
    Amendment 1
    Amendment 8
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