Government Quiz 17

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  • 1. 
    The power of the courts to declare acts of Congress, actions of the federal executive, or laws tht are enacted by any level of government to be unconstitutional is the power of _________
    • A. 

      Judicial review

    • B. 

      Certiorari

    • C. 

      Precedent

    • D. 

      Star decisis

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      It handed down decisions that called for the end of segregation in public schools.

    • B. 

      It handed down decisions that made it more difficult for law enforcement officials to prosecute criminals.

    • C. 

      It handed down decisions that banned government-sponsored prayer in schools.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      It legalized abortion

    • B. 

      It declined to stop publication of the Pentagon Papers

    • C. 

      It extended the right of counsel to poor defendants even in misdemeanor cases

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      The Court's conservative bloc was often the dominant force

    • B. 

      On some cases the Court handed down liberal decisions

    • C. 

      It would be hard to apply ideological terms to the Court's decision

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      The Senate has confirmed the vast majority of the presidents' nominations

    • B. 

      The president tends to nominate candidates across both political parties

    • C. 

      Once on the Court, the president's nominees tend to vote the way the president would have predicted

    • D. 

      The confirmation process is rarely political

  • 6. 
    Under the Constitution, which of the following determines the size of the Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      The president

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      The Constitution designates the number as nine

    • D. 

      The Senate

  • 7. 
    Congress may attempt to overturn specific Supreme Court rulings by utilizing which of the following?
    • A. 

      Proposing an amendment to the Constitution

    • B. 

      Passing legislation

    • C. 

      Altering jurisdiction

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Original jurisdiction

    • B. 

      Appellate jurisdiction

    • C. 

      Certiorari jurisdiction

    • D. 

      Majority jurisdiction

  • 9. 
    An opinion assigned by the chief justice when th chief justice votes with the majority of the Court is ________ opinion.
    • A. 

      The majority

    • B. 

      The concurring

    • C. 

      The dissenting

    • D. 

      The consensus

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      The Supreme Court

    • B. 

      Circuit courts

    • C. 

      District courts

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    All federal judges receive their positions on the bench by an appointment by the __________.
    • A. 

      President, subject to senate approval

    • B. 

      President, subject to congressional approval

    • C. 

      Chief justice, subject to congressional approval

    • D. 

      Attorney general, subject to senate approval

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Reagan

    • B. 

      Clinton

    • C. 

      Bush

    • D. 

      Carter

  • 13. 
    The political environment of the Supreme Court affects decisions in different ways, such as __________.
    • A. 

      The general social climate of the times

    • B. 

      Specific political pressures creating intolerable conflict

    • C. 

      The desire to retreat to very early decisions of the court

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 14. 
    After appointment to the bench, which of the following actions is NOT true of Supreme Court justices?
    • A. 

      They are largely protected from political obligations

    • B. 

      They may vote however they see fit

    • C. 

      They may receive donations for renomination

    • D. 

      They are not always predictable

  • 15. 
    The Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Vera affected not only the candidates, but also the
    • A. 

      Voters

    • B. 

      Contributors

    • C. 

      State legislators

    • D. 

      Political party leaders

  • 16. 
    In Romer v. Evans, Justice Kennedy stated that Colorado's Amendment 2 violates the U.S. Constitution's __________
    • A. 

      Separation of powers clause

    • B. 

      Due process clause

    • C. 

      Equal protection clause

    • D. 

      Civil liberties clause