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More About the Bill of Rights

The authors of the Bill of Rights could not list every individual right. So, they added the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to cover all those not listed. For example, one right not specifically listed is "privacy." Many people consider privacy to be covered under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.

The Ninth Amendment:

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

This amendment means that nothing written in the Constitution can be used to cancel amendments to it.

The Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by states, are reserved to the states respectively or to the people.

This amendment means that anything the Constitution does not mention can be considered by states as part of their powers if they wish to do so.

Print this matching quiz. Look at the bold words in the Amendments. Match each to a word or phrase in the list below that has a similar meaning.