Government Quiz 16

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  • 1. 
    The mythical vision most Americans hold of judges sees them as all of the following EXCEPT ____
    • A. 

      Wise

    • B. 

      Passionate

    • C. 

      Objective

    • D. 

      Impartial

    • E. 

      Nonpolitical

  • 2. 
    Which of the following are NOT part of the Texas judicial system?
    • A. 

      Municipal courts

    • B. 

      Justice of the peace courts

    • C. 

      County courts

    • D. 

      Commissioner's courts

    • E. 

      District courts

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Municipal courts

    • B. 

      Justice of the peace courts

    • C. 

      County courts at law

    • D. 

      Constitutional county courts

    • E. 

      District courts

  • 4. 
    In Texas, the principal trial court(s) for both civil and criminal cases is/are the _____________.
    • A. 

      Municipal courts

    • B. 

      Justice of the peace courts

    • C. 

      District courts

    • D. 

      Supreme Court

    • E. 

      Court of Criminal Appeals

  • 5. 
    Courts of appeals in Texas do not have jurisdiction over ______.
    • A. 

      Civil cases appealed from district courts

    • B. 

      Criminal cases questioning the constitutionality of a statute

    • C. 

      Criminal cases involving a fine of more than $100

    • D. 

      Criminal cases involving imprisonment

    • E. 

      Criminal cases involving capital murder

  • 6. 
    District court judges in Texas may be removed from office by impeachment, by action of the Texas Supreme Court, or by the governor after ______
    • A. 

      A recall election

    • B. 

      A ruling by the Commission on Judicial Conduct

    • C. 

      A simple majority vote of the legislature

    • D. 

      A two-thirds majority vote of the legislature

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    To be qualified to serve on a jury in Texas, one must _________
    • A. 

      Be a citizen of the county

    • B. 

      Be a qualified voter

    • C. 

      Be able to read and write

    • D. 

      Be neither convicted of nor under indictment for a felony

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    In Texas, an individual is automatically exempt from jury duty if he or she is ________.
    • A. 

      A public school teacher

    • B. 

      Fifty years of age or older

    • C. 

      A parent of teenage children

    • D. 

      A full-time student

    • E. 

      A government employee

  • 9. 
    Although the overall crime rate in Texas has dropped in recent years, the number of violent crimes committed by _________ has increased dramatically.
    • A. 

      Anglo males

    • B. 

      Anglo females

    • C. 

      Mexican American females

    • D. 

      African american females

    • E. 

      Juveniles

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      Burglary

    • B. 

      Auto theft

    • C. 

      Assault

    • D. 

      Embezzlement

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    In the case of Ruiz v. Estelle, a fedral court found the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) ________
    • A. 

      Guilty of cruel and unusual punishment in the administration of the state's prison system

    • B. 

      In violation of U.S. obligation under international human rights treaties

    • C. 

      In compliance with maximum standards measured by the Bill of Rights

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Isolation of criminals so that the life and property of others in society may be protected

    • B. 

      Use of the proceeds from convict labor to compensate victims for injuries they have suffered

    • C. 

      Deterrence of others from committing criminal acts

    • D. 

      Rehabilitation of convicts in order that they may become law abiding

  • 13. 
    Texas has dealt with overcrowding in county jails and state prisons by
    • A. 

      Decriminalizing many offenses

    • B. 

      Releasing prisoners early and building new prisons

    • C. 

      Contracting with other states to hold Texas inmates

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    Ruiz v. Estelle (1980) held that _________
    • A. 

      Capital punishment was unconstitutional

    • B. 

      The state was not required to fund the habeas corpus appeal of a capital felon to federal court

    • C. 

      Texas prisons were overcrowded and characterized by conditions that violated the U.S. Constitution

    • D. 

      Privately operated prisons were unconstitutional

  • 15. 
    Innovative measures that have been taken by parole offices in the Dallas region include _______
    • A. 

      Job fairs

    • B. 

      Specialized programs to help build self-esteem

    • C. 

      Longer visits with family members and the parolee

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    Justices of the peace are elected by the voters of separate precincts to four-year terms.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Because they avoid the uncertainties of a jury trial, plea bargains serve the cause of justice by ensuring that criminals will face punishments commensurate with their crimes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Although it is not required, most lawyers in Texas maintain membership in the State Bar.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False