Government Quiz 19

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  • 1. 
    A body of rules that is made by government for society, interpreted by the courts, and backed by the power of the state is _________
    • A. 

      Certiorari

    • B. 

      Law

    • C. 

      Precedent

    • D. 

      Input

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      John Locke

    • B. 

      American revolutionaries

    • C. 

      Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    An action that violates a federal statute that was designed to protect the public order violates which type of law?
    • A. 

      Civil law

    • B. 

      Criminal law

    • C. 

      Natural law

    • D. 

      Administrative law

  • 4. 
    According to your authors, how do the nation's prisons appear to affect the crime rate?
    • A. 

      They appear to lower the crime rate because most are successful in rehabilitating offenders

    • B. 

      They contribute to the rise in the crime rate because instead of rehabilitating offenders they serve only as human warehouses for the custody of convicts.

    • C. 

      They contribute to lowering the crime rate because they act as deterrents to crime

    • D. 

      They contribute to the rise in the crime rate because they act ike the courts and coddle criminals.

  • 5. 
    The crime bill enacted into law in 1994 and signed by Clinton banned how many types of semi-automatic assault weapons?
    • A. 

      Fifteen

    • B. 

      Seventeen

    • C. 

      Twenty-one

    • D. 

      Nineteen

  • 6. 
    The U.S. Justice Department is headed by _________-
    • A. 

      The director of the FBI

    • B. 

      The chief justice of the Supreme Court

    • C. 

      The attorney general

    • D. 

      The director of the CIA

  • 7. 
    The investigative arm of the Justice Department is ___________
    • A. 

      The CIA

    • B. 

      The FBI

    • C. 

      The NSC

    • D. 

      The White House staff

  • 8. 
    A system in which the power of the state is balanced by defendant's constitutional rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty is called __________-
    • A. 

      The due process system

    • B. 

      The plea bargain system

    • C. 

      The adversary system

    • D. 

      The common law system

  • 9. 
    A person charged with a serious federal crime must first be accused in ________
    • A. 

      An indictment by a grand jury

    • B. 

      A plea bargain arrangement

    • C. 

      A bail bargain arrangement

    • D. 

      An information issued by a judge

  • 10. 
    According to polls, citizens ___________
    • A. 

      In the United States appear to favor capital punishment

    • B. 

      In the United States overwhelmingly oppose capital punishment

    • C. 

      In the United Staes have no opinion regarding capital punishment

    • D. 

      Favor the use of capital punishment but only by the federal court

  • 11. 
    According to Professor Zimring, California is the home of one of the nation's toughest and craziest laws, the _________
    • A. 

      "eye for an eye" law

    • B. 

      "foul ball" law

    • C. 

      "three strikes" law

    • D. 

      "golden rule" law

  • 12. 
    To combat violent crime, over half the states have passed "truth in sentencing" measures, which require those convicted to _________
    • A. 

      Admit their guilt before being sentenced

    • B. 

      Be sentenced by their victims or the victims' families

    • C. 

      Serve at least 85 percent of their sentence

    • D. 

      Serve at least 50 percent of their sentence

  • 13. 
    According to Congressman McCollum, as a result of the "truth in sentencing" measures, some states have seen a decrease in their crime rates because the criminal justice system has __________
    • A. 

      Put back some deterrent effect

    • B. 

      Finally identified the revolving door syndrome

    • C. 

      Focused only on violent crimes

    • D. 

      Made violent crimes federal offenses

  • 14. 
    Instead of ruling that the death penalty is cruel and unusual and therefore unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ________
    • A. 

      Only heinous crimes merit the death penalty

    • B. 

      Ambiguous laws for the death penalty were unconstitutional

    • C. 

      Only murder of a mionor warrants the death penalty

    • D. 

      Only specific means of the death penalty can be performed

  • 15. 
    The U.S. Supreme Court decision that addressed the death penalty as it is imposed on racial minorities is __________
    • A. 

      Miranda v. Arizona

    • B. 

      Furman v. Georgia

    • C. 

      Gregg v. Georgia

    • D. 

      McClesky v. Kemp