U. S. Judiciary System Trivia Quiz!

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U. S. Judiciary System Trivia Quiz!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The dramatic and sometimes bitter conflict surrounding some Supreme Court nominations can only be explained by the fact that
    • A. 

      There are only nine people on the Court at any given point in time

    • B. 

      The Court plays such a large role in making public policy

    • C. 

      The partisan balance of the Court is quite skewed

    • D. 

      President's rarely seek the "advice" of the Senate

    • E. 

      Nominees are rarely qualified for the job

  • 2. 
    In theory, strict-constructionist judges differ from activist judges in that they are more likely to
    • A. 

      Adopt a liberal viewpoint on such issues as state's rights and birth control

    • B. 

      Apply rules that are clearly stated in the Constitution

    • C. 

      See, and take advantage of, opportunities in the law for the exercise of discretion

    • D. 

      Believe in the application of judicial review to criminal matters

    • E. 

      Look for and apply the general principles underlying the Constitution

  • 3. 
    Seventy years ago judicial activists tended to be
    • A. 

      Strict constitutionalists

    • B. 

      Liberals

    • C. 

      Conservatives

    • D. 

      Moderates

    • E. 

      Radicals

  • 4. 
    In Federalists 78, Alexander Hamilton described the judicial branch as to what branch?
    • A. 

      Most corrupt

    • B. 

      Least political

    • C. 

      Reliable

    • D. 

      Existential

    • E. 

      Least dangerous

  • 5. 
    Which of the following statements about McCulloch v. Maryland is correct?
    • A. 

      It established judicial review

    • B. 

      It ruled a national bank unconstitutional

    • C. 

      It restricted the scope of congressional power

    • D. 

      It allowed states to tax federal agencies

    • E. 

      It established the supremacy of national laws over state laws

  • 6. 
    Who was defiant of Supreme Court rulings and supposedly taunted the Chief Justice to go and "enforce" one of its decisions?
    • A. 

      The Mayor of New York City

    • B. 

      The Govenor of New York

    • C. 

      The Cherokee Indians of Georgia

    • D. 

      Robert Futon

    • E. 

      President Andrew Jackson

  • 7. 
    Roger B. Taney was deliberately chosen for the Supreme Court because he
    • A. 

      Opposed the invention of the steamboat

    • B. 

      Opposed th creation of a national bank

    • C. 

      Favored a strinf national government

    • D. 

      Was an advocate of states' rights

    • E. 

      Opposed slavery

  • 8. 
    During the period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the New Deal, the dominant issue that the Supreme Court faced was that of
    • A. 

      Government regulation of the economy

    • B. 

      Rights of privacy

    • C. 

      State's rights versus federal supremacy

    • D. 

      Slavery

    • E. 

      Government regulation of interstate commerce

  • 9. 
    FDR's court-packing bill is an example of a presidential action designed to
    • A. 

      Help the Court reduce its backlog

    • B. 

      Influence the way in which the Court decided it's cases

    • C. 

      Make the Court more impartial

    • D. 

      Discourage the Court from rendering decisions on major economic questions

    • E. 

      Allow the Court to grow with society

  • 10. 
    Franklin Roosevelt's plan to reorganize the Supreme Courts called for
    • A. 

      The Court to meet once every other year

    • B. 

      The toatal number of justices to be increased according to the age of sitting justices

    • C. 

      The president to select justices without senatorial confirmation

    • D. 

      The Senate to have the power to remove justices from Court at will

    • E. 

      All New Deal legislation to be removed from the Court's jurisdiction

  • 11. 
    The two kinds of lower federal courts created to handle cases that need not be decided by the Supreme Court are
    • A. 

      Constitutional and district

    • B. 

      Appeals and limited jurisdiction

    • C. 

      District and appeals

    • D. 

      Appeals and legislative

    • E. 

      Constitutional and legislative

  • 12. 
    How many U.S. District Courts are there?
    • A. 

      11

    • B. 

      12

    • C. 

      13

    • D. 

      50

    • E. 

      94

  • 13. 
    The Court of Military Appeals is an example of what court?
    • A. 

      District

    • B. 

      Appellate

    • C. 

      Legislative

    • D. 

      General jurisdiction

    • E. 

      Second level appellate court

  • 14. 
    Which of the following statements about the selection of federal judges is correct?
    • A. 

      The principle of senatorial courtesy applies to the selection of Supreme Court justices

    • B. 

      Presidents generally appoint judges whose political views reflect their own

    • C. 

      Since personal attitudes and opinions have little impact on judicial decision making, presidents are usually not too concerned about who they nominate

    • D. 

      Nominee for district court judgeship often face tough confirmation battles in the Senate

    • E. 

      The application of political litmus tests to Supreme Court nominees is no longer legal

  • 15. 
    When politicians complain about the use of "litmus tests" in judicial nominations, they are probably
    • A. 

      Democrats

    • B. 

      Republicans

    • C. 

      Liberals

    • D. 

      Conservatives

    • E. 

      Not part of the group that is currently in power

  • 16. 
    President Bush's difficulty with the Senate confirmation of his nominations to federal judgeships is particularly interesting because
    • A. 

      A record number of federal vacanciesplagues the judiciary

    • B. 

      President Clinton had no such difficulties

    • C. 

      His own party controls the Senate

    • D. 

      Partisanship has clearly played no role in his selection of nominees

    • E. 

      Ideology has clearly played no role in selection of niminees

  • 17. 
    If citizens of different states wish to sue one another in a matter involving more than $75,000 they can do so in
    • A. 

      Either a federal or a state court

    • B. 

      A court in the plaintiff's state only

    • C. 

      An intermediate court of appeals

    • D. 

      A court in the defendant's state only

    • E. 

      A federal court only

  • 18. 
    If you wish to declare bankruptcy, you must do so in
    • A. 

      A court in the state in which you reside

    • B. 

      A state appellate court

    • C. 

      A federal appellate court

    • D. 

      A U.S. Supreme Court

    • E. 

      A federal district court

  • 19. 
    Certiorari is a Latin worn meaning, roughly,
    • A. 

      Certified

    • B. 

      Made more certain

    • C. 

      Without certainty

    • D. 

      Appealed

    • E. 

      Judicial

  • 20. 
    Cert is issued and a case is scheduled for a heaaring if how many justices agree?
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      8

    • E. 

      All nine