Political Science Quiz #3

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  • 1. 
    The “modern era” for the Supreme Court nomination process started in __________ .
    • A. 

      1900

    • B. 

      1922

    • C. 

      1955

    • D. 

      1980

    • E. 

      1990

  • 2. 
    Farganis and Wedeking (2011) found that across time responsiveness of Supreme Court nominees in Senate Judiciary hearings has __________; which __________ conventional wisdom.
    • A. 

      Increased, supports

    • B. 

      Fluctuated, supports

    • C. 

      Fluctuated, challenges

    • D. 

      Decreased, supports

    • E. 

      Decreased, challenges

  • 3. 
    This Supreme Court nominee is notably because of the candor with which she/he responded to questions about his/her views on controversial issues.
    • A. 

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    • B. 

      William Rehnquist

    • C. 

      John Paul Stevens

    • D. 

      Harriet Miers

    • E. 

      Robert Bork

  • 4. 
    Prior to the modern era, Senate Judiciary Committee Supreme Court nomination hearings were:
    • A. 

      Well attended by the nominees

    • B. 

      Public

    • C. 

      Broadcasted

    • D. 

      Private

    • E. 

      Revealing

  • 5. 
    These are the two most important variables in predicting how a Senator will vote on a Supreme Court nominee:
    • A. 

      Quality of nominee and scandals

    • B. 

      Quality of nominee and nominee ideological distance from senator

    • C. 

      Quality of nominee and presidential capital

    • D. 

      Public opinion and nominee ideological distance from senator

    • E. 

      Public opinion and presidential capital

  • 6. 
    The Senate Judiciary Committee provides a negative recommendation for a nominee. This nomination is:
    • A. 

      Finished, the full Senate won't even do a roll-call vote

    • B. 

      Unaffected, the hearings are useless

    • C. 

      More likely to be confirmed in a Senate vote

    • D. 

      Less likely to be confirmed in a Senate vote

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    According to Farganis and Wedeking (2011), as ideological distance between a senator and nominee __________, responsiveness by the nominee __________.
    • A. 

      Increases, decreases

    • B. 

      Increases, increases

    • C. 

      Decreases, decreases

    • D. 

      Decreases, increases

    • E. 

      There is no relationship between the two

  • 8. 
    The Ginsburg Rule gives Supreme Court nominees an excuse to not answer questions based on the justification that:
    • A. 

      They have already ruled on the issue in the past

    • B. 

      They have no opinion on the issue

    • C. 

      The issue is a private matter, unrelated to the Court

    • D. 

      They do not want to perjure themselves

    • E. 

      The issue may come before the Supreme Court in the future

  • 9. 
    Kastellec et al. found that going from low to high public support of Supreme Court nominees increases the chances a Senator votes yes from 50% to __________.
    • A. 

      0%

    • B. 

      30%

    • C. 

      60%

    • D. 

      90%

    • E. 

      There is no relationship between public support and Senate vote

  • 10. 
    According to Kastellec et al., Bork and Alito had similar ideology and quality scores. Alito was confirmed while Bork was not because:
    • A. 

      Alito was asked fewer questions

    • B. 

      Alito refused to answer more questions

    • C. 

      The ideological makeup of the Senate was more hospitable for Alito than for Bork

    • D. 

      President Bush fought harder for Alito than Reagan did for Bork

    • E. 

      Alito received a higher recommendation than Bork from the Senate Judiciary Committee

  • 11. 
    Over time, the percentage of questions regarding __________  in nomination hearings has increased.
    • A. 

      Abortion

    • B. 

      Capital Punishment

    • C. 

      Right to privacy

    • D. 

      Personal Views

    • E. 

      Discrimination

  • 12. 
    Which current Supreme Court Justice described nomination hearings as “vapid and a hollow charade?”
    • A. 

      Elena Kagan

    • B. 

      Sonia Sotomayor

    • C. 

      Samuel Alito

    • D. 

      John Roberts

    • E. 

      Stephen Breyer

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