Political Science Quiz #2

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Political Science Quiz #2

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  • 1. 
    According to the Rule of 80, which of the following judges would be eligible to retire with full pension or with senior status?
    • A. 

      60 years old with 20 years of judicial service

    • B. 

      65 years old with 15 years of judicial service

    • C. 

      70 years old with 10 years of judicial service

    • D. 

      All the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    What position is responsible for ensuring that opinion content is accurate when published?
    • A. 

      Majority opinion writer's law clerk

    • B. 

      Court librarian

    • C. 

      Reporter of decisions

    • D. 

      Clerk of the Court

    • E. 

      Marshall

  • 3. 
    A Nixon appointee, Justice Blackmun’s retirement can be described as politically:
    • A. 

      Unsuccessful, replaced by a Clinton appointee

    • B. 

      Successful, replaced by a Clinton appointee

    • C. 

      Unsuccessful, replaced by a Bush appointee

    • D. 

      Successful, replaced by a Bush appointee

    • E. 

      Neither unsuccessful or successful, he died on the bench

  • 4. 
     In Nelson and Ringsmuth’s 2009 research, they were unable to find systematic evidence that _____________________is significant in justice retirement.
    • A. 

      Age

    • B. 

      Decreased non-majority opinion writing

    • C. 

      Pension eligibility

    • D. 

      Ideological agreement between justice and president

    • E. 

      Ideological agreement between justice and senate

  • 5. 
    Article III of the United States Constitution establishes the federal judicial system and dictates:
    • A. 

      Judicial salary amount

    • B. 

      Lifetime tenure for most federal judges

    • C. 

      Court Composition (number)

    • D. 

      Pension eligibility

    • E. 

      Individual eligibility requirements (age, citizenship)

  • 6. 
    According to Nemacheck’s research, when acting politically strategic, the President sacrifices _____________________ on future voting behavior for _____________________.
    • A. 

      Uncertainty, an easier confirmation

    • B. 

      Uncertainty, a difficult confirmation

    • C. 

      Certainty, a difficult confirmation

    • D. 

      Uncertainty, an easier confirmation

    • E. 

      Nothing, their most preferred justice

  • 7. 
    Following the formal governmental vetting process, what is usually the next step of a Supreme Court nomination?
    • A. 

      President formally announces nominee to media

    • B. 

      President sends nominee's name to the Senate Judiciary Committee

    • C. 

      Nominees begins testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee

    • D. 

      The Senate votes on whether to confirm the nominee

    • E. 

      The American Bar Association determines how qualified the nominee is

  • 8. 
    The benefit of opting for senior status over “regular” retirement is:
    • A. 

      They are eligible for their full pension for the rest of their life without raises

    • B. 

      They are not able to write a book under regular retirement

    • C. 

      They are eligible for their full pension for the rest of their life with raises

    • D. 

      They remain working on the Supreme Court, but only part time

    • E. 

      They do not have to submit financial disclosure information under senior status

  • 9. 
    According to the information strategy of Supreme Court nominations, Nemacheck found that the _____________________ was significant in reducing the probability a candidate is chosen, which is contrary to her hypothesis. 
    • A. 

      Judicial experience

    • B. 

      Preference differentiation

    • C. 

      Political activism

    • D. 

      Public sector service

    • E. 

      Congressional recommendation

  • 10. 
    In 1869 an institutional change reduced the amount of deaths on the bench because it established a policy that:
    • A. 

      Requires justices to retire when they turn 75 years old

    • B. 

      Specifies what "good behavior" means, making impeachment easier

    • C. 

      Allows justices to submit their preference for their replacement to the President

    • D. 

      Imposes a maximum number of years of service

    • E. 

      Allows justices to collect full pension after meeting certain requirements

  • 11. 
    This justice was the last justice to die on the Court in roughly 50 years.
    • A. 

      O'Connor

    • B. 

      Souter

    • C. 

      Rehnquist

    • D. 

      Stevens

    • E. 

      Brennan

  • 12. 
    Currently, there are_______________ justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. 
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      9

    • C. 

      8

    • D. 

      7

    • E. 

      6

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