Political Science (Unit Three Test)

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Political Science


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  • 1. 
    In class, it was suggested that which of the following developments may have been factors contributing to the civil rights movement occurring when it did?
    • A. 

      The migration of large numbers of African-Americans from the South to the non-south, where they were allowed to vote, in the 1930s and 40s

    • B. 

      The experience of African- Americans in World War II and the context of international competition between the US and the USSR in the cold war

    • C. 

      The rapid expansion of television as a medium of mass communications during the 1950s and early 1960s

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A and B, but not C

  • 2. 
    Which of the following always indicates that you are watching an original trial and not an appellate proceeding
    • A. 

      The presence of a jury

    • B. 

      The fact that witnesses are being sworn and their testimony is taken

    • C. 

      The fact that a panel of judges is presiding

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A and B, but not C

  • 3. 
    There is currently one woman on the US Supreme Court, In all American history how many women have served on that court?
    • A. 

      Two

    • B. 

      Three

    • C. 

      Four

    • D. 

      Just one

  • 4. 
    What is the source of the "right to privacy" on which the Supreme Court based a woman's right to choose abortion in the fifth trimester of pregnancy (in Roe v. Wade)?
    • A. 

      The right to privacy is in the original constitution

    • B. 

      The right to privacy is not in the original constitution, but was added to it in out of the bills of rights

    • C. 

      The right to privacy is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution or Bill of Rights, but was identified by the Supreme Court for the first time in Roe v. Wade (1973)

    • D. 

      The right to privacy is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, but was identified by the Supreme court in Conneticut v. Griswold, several years prior to Roe.

  • 5. 
    In which of the following efforts was the civil rights movement clearly MOST successful?
    • A. 

      Challenging DE JURE segregation in the South

    • B. 

      Challenging DE FACTO segregation in the South

    • C. 

      Challenging DE JURE segregation in the North

    • D. 

      Challenging DE FACTO segregation in the North

  • 6. 
    Why was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 amended in the Senate to prohibit also discrimination against women on the basis of gender?
    • A. 

      To win additional votes for the bill

    • B. 

      To cost the bill votes in an unsuccesful effort to defeat it

    • C. 

      It was done by feminists unconcerned with civil rights for blacks

    • D. 

      It was done by feminists who cared about civil rights for blacks but thought discrimination against women was equally important even if such an amendment cost the bill votes

  • 7. 
    In the US Supreme Court, how is a Justice assigned to write the opinion of the majority?
    • A. 

      Such assignments are made on a rotating basis by a fixed schedule

    • B. 

      The Chief Justice makes the assignment, but only if he is in the majority; otherwise it is made by the senior justice in the majority

    • C. 

      The Chief Justice makes the assignment, regardless of whether or not he is in the majority

    • D. 

      The most senior justice makes the assignment, regardless of whether or not the Chief Justice is in the majority

  • 8. 
    According to our discussion in class, which one of the following was argued on Tuesday by the US Supreme Court regarding the rights of public school students?
    • A. 

      A case involving censorship of a high school newspaper

    • B. 

      A case about mandatory drug-testing for high school athletes

    • C. 

      A case about mandatory drug testing for all extra-curricular activities

    • D. 

      A case about whether a banner saying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" is free speech

    • E. 

      A case involving the strip search of a girl who allegedly had ibuprofen

  • 9. 
    According to the text, the Senate had its greatest influence over the selection of:
    • A. 

      Federal district judges

    • B. 

      Fudges on the US Court of Appeals

    • C. 

      Justices on the US Supreme Court

    • D. 

      Federal judges at all levels of federal courts

  • 10. 
    What is the source of the US Supreme Court's power of judicial review?
    • A. 

      Article III of the Constitution

    • B. 

      A law passed by congress

    • C. 

      The court asserted it had such a power in Marbury v. Madison (1803)

    • D. 

      The 14th Amendment

  • 11. 
    Is the Court's power of judicial review incompatible with majority rule?
    • A. 

      Yes, in BOTH the short-term and the long-term

    • B. 

      Yes in the short-term, but not in the long-term

    • C. 

      No in the short-term, but yes in the long-term

    • D. 

      No, in neither the short-term not the long-term

  • 12. 
    The size of the Supreme Court is:
    • A. 

      Seven Justices, and it has never varied

    • B. 

      Seven Justices, and it has varied in the past

    • C. 

      Nine Justices, and it has never varied

    • D. 

      Nine Justices, and it has varied in the past

    • E. 

      Eleven Justices, but it has varied in the past

  • 13. 
    According to the documentary show in class on the murder of Emmett Till, which of the following statements about Mose Wright is/are true?
    • A. 

      Mose Wright was Till's uncle and a witness to the boy's abduction

    • B. 

      Mose Wright was willing to testify in court, identifying the men who abducted Till

    • C. 

      Mose Wright was himself murdered before the trial took place

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A and B, but not C

  • 14. 
    The current membership of the US Supreme Court is made up of:
    • A. 

      Five Republicans and two Democrats

    • B. 

      Seven Republicans and two Democrats

    • C. 

      Five Democrats and two Republicans

    • D. 

      Seven Democrats and two Republicans

    • E. 

      Five Republicans and four Democrats

  • 15. 
    Which of these stages in Supreme Court consideration of a case is normally LEAST important in determining this outcome?
    • A. 

      Submission and study of legal briefs from all parties relevant to the case

    • B. 

      Oral arguments before the court

    • C. 

      Discussion of the case in conference

    • D. 

      The vote on the case in conference

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is absent from state court systems in about 10 of the 50 states?
    • A. 

      Original trial courts

    • B. 

      State attorneys general

    • C. 

      Intermediate appellate courts

    • D. 

      State supreme courts

  • 17. 
    "Bloody Sundays" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge happened during which of these:
    • A. 

      Demonstrations in Selma, AL

    • B. 

      Demonstrations in Miami, FL

    • C. 

      Lunch-counter sit-ins

    • D. 

      Mississippi Freedom Summer

  • 18. 
    In terms of the United States Constitution, the word "equal" and the concept of equality appears for the first time:
    • A. 

      In the original Constitution

    • B. 

      In the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments)

    • C. 

      In the Fourteenth Amendment

    • D. 

      The word "equal" does not appear in either the Constitution or any of its amendments

  • 19. 
    The bus boycott which most observers regard as the beginning of the civil rights movement (for winning equal rights for African-Americans) began in:
    • A. 

      Selma, Alabama

    • B. 

      Birmingham, Alabama

    • C. 

      Little Rock, Arkansas

    • D. 

      Montgomery, Alabama

  • 20. 
    The federal law that restored the actual right to vote to African-Americans in the Old South was enacted in:
    • A. 

      1945

    • B. 

      1955

    • C. 

      1965

    • D. 

      1975

  • 21. 
    Which two presidential elections reflected the most direct impact of the civil rights movement in shifting the regional strength of the two major parties in the South?
    • A. 

      1956 and 1960

    • B. 

      1964 and 1968

    • C. 

      1972 and 1976

    • D. 

      1980 and 1984

  • 22. 
    In which of the following efforts was the civil rights movement LEAST successful and most frustrated?
    • A. 

      Challenging DE JURE segregation in the South

    • B. 

      Challenging DE FACTO segregation in the South

    • C. 

      Challenging DE JURE segregation in the North

    • D. 

      Challenging DE FACTO segregation in the North

  • 23. 
    Oklahoma played a role in the strategy employed by the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP in challenging segregation in the public schools of the Old South and border state; the US Supreme court ruled unconstitutional an attempted response to segregation in:
    • A. 

      High schools in Tulsa

    • B. 

      Grade schools in Oklahoma City

    • C. 

      The Engineering College at Oklahoma State in Stillwater

    • D. 

      The Law School at OU in Norman