Scotus Quiz #1

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  • 1. 
    Judicial authority extends to issues dealing wih all the following areas EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Common law

    • B. 

      Equity

    • C. 

      Civil law

    • D. 

      Criminal law

    • E. 

      Pending legislation

  • 2. 
    Which of the following represents the best example of a case dealing with original jurisdiction?
    • A. 

      A review of New York and New Jersey arguing over property rights related to Ellis Island

    • B. 

      An appeal by a convict on death row

    • C. 

      A review of the contitutionality of a school district allowing prayer at a graduation ceremony

    • D. 

      A review of President Nixon's decision not to turn over the Watergate tapes to Congress

    • E. 

      A review of a federal law mandating affirmative action in industries that have contracts with the government

  • 3. 
    Which of the following principles does common law rely on?
    • A. 

      Judicial precedent

    • B. 

      Contract issues

    • C. 

      Judicial restraint

    • D. 

      Habeas corpus

    • E. 

      Judicial activism

  • 4. 
    Which of the following actions requires senatorial courtesy?
    • A. 

      A bill introduced by a senator from one state must get agreement from the other senator in that state

    • B. 

      Members of the same party agree on the order of legislation

    • C. 

      Senators from the state in which a judicial appointment is being made by the president are informed of who the candidate is prior to the actual appointment

    • D. 

      The majority leader of the Senate informs the minority leader who he is appointing as committee chairman

    • E. 

      The president informs the chairman of the Judiciary Committee of a Supreme Court nominee prior to the announcement

  • 5. 
    Which of the following committees is responsible for reviewing Supreme Court nominees?
    • A. 

      House Judiciary

    • B. 

      Senate Judiciary

    • C. 

      House Rules

    • D. 

      Senate Appropriations

    • E. 

      House Ways and Means

  • 6. 
    Acceptance of a writ of certiorari is based on all the following criteria EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A recommendation by any of the Supreme Court justices

    • B. 

      A court decision that conflicts with precedent

    • C. 

      A court of appeals decision that conflicts with another court of appeals decision

    • D. 

      Inconsistencies between courts of different states

    • E. 

      A split decision in the court of appeals

  • 7. 
    Which represents a major reason for the submittal of an amicus curiae brief?
    • A. 

      The Court must rely on precedent cases

    • B. 

      A friend of the court wished to provide additional information to the Court

    • C. 

      Lower courts must provide transcripts of its decisions

    • D. 

      The Supreme court requires related interests in the case to submit briefs

    • E. 

      The brief from the petitioner provides amended information about the case

  • 8. 
    Which Chief Justice is best known as the head of an activist court?
    • A. 

      Salmon Chase

    • B. 

      William Rehnquist

    • C. 

      Earl Warren

    • D. 

      Roger Taney

    • E. 

      Warren Burger

  • 9. 
    An example of a decision that would be classified as activist is
    • A. 

      San Antonio v Rodriguez

    • B. 

      Dred Scott v Sanford

    • C. 

      Plessy v Ferguson

    • D. 

      Brown v Board of Education

    • E. 

      New Jersey v TLO

  • 10. 
    Which Chief Justice is best known as the head of a court pusuing judicial restraint?
    • A. 

      John Marshall

    • B. 

      William Rehnquist

    • C. 

      Roger Taney

    • D. 

      Earl Warren

    • E. 

      Warren Burger

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      A greater protection of the rights of the accused would occur

    • B. 

      An expansion of civil rights for minority groups would take place

    • C. 

      The Court would act as a watchdog over the other branches of government

    • D. 

      A strengthened federal system would result form the decisions made

    • E. 

      Precedent should be the determining factor when deciding a case

  • 12. 
    Proponents of judicial restraint make which of the following arguments?
    • A. 

      It should be the role of Congress, not the Court, to make policy

    • B. 

      The interest of government is not realized by a Court that won't make crucial decisions

    • C. 

      States should not be able to develop their own laws without having to worry about federal court interpretation and interference

    • D. 

      The federal system will be strengthened by a court that rules state laws unconstitutional

    • E. 

      The Court should initiate, not facilitate, judicial precedent