Elena Kagan And The Supreme Court

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Elena Kagan And The Supreme Court - Quiz


How much do you know about Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, and the composition of today's high court? Take this quiz and find out how much of a legal expert you are.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Where did Elena Kagan grow up?

    • A.

      New York City

    • B.

      Chicago

    • C.

      Boston

    • D.

      Princeton

    • E.

      Washington, D.C.

    Correct Answer
    A. New York City
    Explanation
    Elena Kagan grew up in New York City.

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  • 2. 

    What city does she consider her official hometown now?

    • A.

      New York City

    • B.

      Chicago

    • C.

      Boston

    • D.

      Washington, D.C.

    • E.

      Austin

    Correct Answer
    C. Boston
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is Boston. This suggests that the person in question considers Boston as their official hometown.

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  • 3. 

    How many Supreme Court justices had no prior judicial experience when they were nominated?

    • A.

      0

    • B.

      10

    • C.

      20

    • D.

      30

    • E.

      40

    Correct Answer
    E. 40
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 40. This means that all 40 Supreme Court justices had prior judicial experience when they were nominated.

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  • 4. 

    How many women have been nominated for the Supreme Court?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    E. 5
    Explanation
    Harriet Miers was nominated by President Bush, but her nomination was withdrawn after three weeks. Three others before Kagan have been nominated and confirmed.

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  • 5. 

    Where did Elena Kagan go to college as an undergraduate?

    • A.

      Harvard

    • B.

      Yale

    • C.

      Columbia

    • D.

      Princeton

    • E.

      Penn

    Correct Answer
    D. Princeton
    Explanation
    Elena Kagan attended Princeton University for her undergraduate studies.

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  • 6. 

    Which law school did Elena Kagan attend?

    • A.

      Harvard

    • B.

      Yale

    • C.

      Penn

    • D.

      Chicago

    • E.

      UT

    Correct Answer
    A. Harvard
    Explanation
    Elena Kagan attended Harvard Law School.

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  • 7. 

    Which Supreme Court justice did she serve as a law clerk?

    • A.

      William Brennan

    • B.

      Thurgood Marshall

    • C.

      John Paul Stevens

    • D.

      William Rehnquist

    • E.

      Felix Frankfurter

    Correct Answer
    B. Thurgood Marshall
    Explanation
    Thurgood Marshall is the correct answer because the question asks which Supreme Court justice she served as a law clerk. The other options are also Supreme Court justices, but there is no indication that she served as a law clerk for any of them.

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  • 8. 

    Where did Elena Kagan first teach law?

    • A.

      Harvard

    • B.

      Yale

    • C.

      Penn

    • D.

      Chicago

    • E.

      UT

    Correct Answer
    D. Chicago
    Explanation
    Elena Kagan first taught law at the University of Chicago.

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  • 9. 

    Where was she law school dean?

    • A.

      Harvard

    • B.

      Yale

    • C.

      Penn

    • D.

      Chicago

    • E.

      UT

    Correct Answer
    A. Harvard
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Harvard. This implies that she was the dean of the law school at Harvard University.

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  • 10. 

    Who was the first presidential candidate she worked for on staff?

    • A.

      Michael Dukakis

    • B.

      Bill Clinton

    • C.

      Al Gore

    • D.

      John Kerry

    • E.

      Barack Obama

    Correct Answer
    A. Michael Dukakis
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Michael Dukakis. This suggests that the person in question worked for Michael Dukakis as a staff member during his presidential campaign.

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  • 11. 

    Which of these jobs did Elena Kagan hold in the Clinton White House?

    • A.

      White House counsel

    • B.

      Deputy White House counsel

    • C.

      Deputy Chief of Staff

    • D.

      Domestic policy adviser

    • E.

      Vetter of Supreme Court candidates

    Correct Answer
    D. Domestic policy adviser
    Explanation
    Elena Kagan held the job of Domestic Policy Adviser in the Clinton White House. This role involved providing advice and guidance to the President on various domestic policy issues. As a Domestic Policy Adviser, Kagan would have been responsible for analyzing and formulating policy recommendations, conducting research, and coordinating with other White House staff and agencies to develop and implement domestic policy initiatives.

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  • 12. 

    Where did she first meet Barack Obama?

    • A.

      Harvard

    • B.

      University of Chicago

    • C.

      2008 campaign

    • D.

      When she interviewed to be Solicitor General

    • E.

      Kenya

    Correct Answer
    B. University of Chicago
    Explanation
    Michelle Obama first met Barack Obama at the University of Chicago.

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  • 13. 

    Upon Justice Stevens' departure, how many Protestants will sit on the Supreme Court?

    • A.

      0

    • B.

      1

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      3

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    A. 0
    Explanation
    The question is asking about the number of Protestants who will sit on the Supreme Court after Justice Stevens' departure. The correct answer is 0 because Justice Stevens was the last Protestant justice on the Supreme Court, and upon his departure, there will be no Protestants remaining.

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  • 14. 

    How many Catholics currently sit on the Supreme Court?

    • A.

      0

    • B.

      1

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      6

    Correct Answer
    E. 6
    Explanation
    There are currently six Catholics who sit on the Supreme Court. This information can be verified through public records and official sources.

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  • 15. 

    If Elena Kagan is confirmed, how many Supreme Court justices would be Jewish?

    • A.

      0

    • B.

      1

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      3

    • E.

      4

    Correct Answer
    D. 3
    Explanation
    If Elena Kagan is confirmed, there would be a total of three Jewish Supreme Court justices. This is because the question is asking about the number of Jewish justices specifically if Elena Kagan is confirmed, and it is known that there are already two Jewish justices currently serving on the Supreme Court. Therefore, if Kagan is confirmed, the total number of Jewish justices would be three.

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  • 16. 

    If Elena Kagan is confirmed, how many Supreme Court justices would boast Ivy League educations?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      5

    • D.

      7

    • E.

      9

    Correct Answer
    E. 9
    Explanation
    If Elena Kagan is confirmed, all nine Supreme Court justices would have Ivy League educations. This is because the question is asking about the total number of justices with Ivy League educations, and if Kagan is confirmed, she would join the other eight justices who already have Ivy League backgrounds. Therefore, the correct answer is 9.

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  • 17. 

    Elena Kagan's best-known argument before the Supreme Court as Solicitor General was in the Citizens United case dealing with corporate involvement in U.S. politics. What was the result in the case?

    • A.

      A 9-0 defeat for her.

    • B.

      A 6-3 defeat for her.

    • C.

      A 5-4 defeat for her.

    • D.

      A 5-4 win for her.

    • E.

      A 6-3 win for her.

    Correct Answer
    C. A 5-4 defeat for her.
    Explanation
    In the Citizens United case, Elena Kagan argued against corporate involvement in U.S. politics. The result of the case was a 5-4 defeat for her, indicating that the majority of the Supreme Court justices ruled against her position.

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  • 18. 

    Which argument against her has NOT been made by a senior Senate Republican.

    • A.

      She doesn't have judicial experience.

    • B.

      Her experience has been in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Washington -- not in the real world.

    • C.

      There are enough women on the Supreme Court already.

    • D.

      She's anti-military.

    • E.

      She is not sufficiently forthcoming abut her views on important legal issues.

    Correct Answer
    C. There are enough women on the Supreme Court already.
    Explanation
    The argument that "There are enough women on the Supreme Court already" has NOT been made by a senior Senate Republican. This means that at least one senior Senate Republican has not raised this particular argument against her.

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  • 19. 

    How many Republicans voted to confirm Elena Kagan as Solicitor General in 2009?

    • A.

      0

    • B.

      1

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      7

    • E.

      19

    Correct Answer
    D. 7
    Explanation
    In 2009, seven Republicans voted to confirm Elena Kagan as Solicitor General.

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  • 20. 

    Which of Texas' senators voted for Elena Kagan's confirmation as Solicitor General?

    • A.

      Kay Bailey Hutchison

    • B.

      John Cornyn

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    D. Neither
    Explanation
    Neither of Texas' senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, voted for Elena Kagan's confirmation as Solicitor General.

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  • 21. 

    How old is Elena Kagan?

    • A.

      40

    • B.

      45

    • C.

      49

    • D.

      50

    • E.

      51

    Correct Answer
    D. 50
    Explanation
    The given question asks for the age of Elena Kagan. Among the options provided, the correct answer is 50.

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