Political Science Quiz #7

12 Questions | Total Attempts: 48

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  • 1. 
    Briefs do all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Define the issues

    • B. 

      Frame the justices' perception of the issues involved

    • C. 

      Inform the justices

    • D. 

      Present a coherent version of the attorney's argument

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    According to recent data, which justice participates (i.e., speaks) the least during oral argument?
    • A. 

      Breyer

    • B. 

      Roberts

    • C. 

      Alito

    • D. 

      Thomas

    • E. 

      Scalia

  • 3. 
    For most cases heard today, oral argument is limited to ___ each for petitioner and respondent.
    • A. 

      30 minutes

    • B. 

      1 hour

    • C. 

      2 hours

    • D. 

      3 hours

    • E. 

      4 hours

  • 4. 
    What is the most common way to treat confounding variables in political science?
    • A. 

      Random assignment

    • B. 

      Experiment

    • C. 

      Statistical control

    • D. 

      Quasi-experiment

    • E. 

      Natural Experiment

  • 5. 
    Since the 1990’s the amount of questions justices ask during oral arguments has __________, while the amount of time allotted for oral argument has __________.
    • A. 

      Increased, decreased

    • B. 

      Decreased, increased

    • C. 

      Increased, remained the same

    • D. 

      Decreased, remained the same

    • E. 

      Remained the same, remained the same

  • 6. 
    Once the Supreme Court grants writ of certiorari to a case, all of the following are public except:
    • A. 

      Briefs on the merits

    • B. 

      Oral argument

    • C. 

      Final majority opinion

    • D. 

      Final dissenting opinion(s)

    • E. 

      Preliminary conference vote

  • 7. 
    Corley (2008) finds that, on average, the Supreme Court “borrows” about _____ of its majority opinion language from the party’s briefs.
    • A. 

      1%

    • B. 

      10%

    • C. 

      30%

    • D. 

      50%

    • E. 

      90%

  • 8. 
    Experiments and random experiment are the “gold standard” of research, however they do have limitations.  Their primary limitation is:
    • A. 

      Spuriousness

    • B. 

      Internal validity

    • C. 

      Confounding variables

    • D. 

      External validity

    • E. 

      Reliability

  • 9. 
    Johnson, Wahlbeck, and Spriggs (2006) use archival data from the Blackmun papers to show that this factor significantly influences the justices’ decision making?
    • A. 

      Similar ideology

    • B. 

      Quality of lawyer's argument

    • C. 

      The lawyer is a repeat player

    • D. 

      The Solicitor General is arguing the case

    • E. 

      Being the petitioner

  • 10. 
    According to Black et al. (2011), as the justices use _____ negative words while speaking towards a side during oral argument, then the likelihood of that side winning _____.
    • A. 

      More, decreases

    • B. 

      More, increases

    • C. 

      Fewer, decreases

    • D. 

      More, remains the same

    • E. 

      Fewer, remains the same

  • 11. 
    According to Collins’ chapter in New Directions in Judicial Politics, what is the primary means by which interest groups participate in the U.S. judicial system?
    • A. 

      Initiate test cases

    • B. 

      Sponsor a case

    • C. 

      Become a party to litigation under Federal Rule 24

    • D. 

      Amicus curiae briefs

    • E. 

      Provide publicity for cases of interest

  • 12. 
    According to Collins, District of Columbia v. Heller, was an anomaly regarding amicus participation due to:
    • A. 

      The high volume of briefs

    • B. 

      The high volume of amici

    • C. 

      The high volume of state participation

    • D. 

      The lack of corporate participation

    • E. 

      The absence of a brief from the Solicitor General

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