Quiz: Supreme Court

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Quiz: Supreme Court

Test your knowledge of the Supreme Court and Justice Stephen Breyer, whom Jeffrey Toobin writes about in the September 27, 2010, issue of The New Yorker.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Justice Stephen Breyer, who now often finds himself in the minority, tells Jeffrey Toobin in this week’s magazine that sometimes “dissents accomplish something, in that the majority has to respond,” and that “every dissent” is what?
    • A. 

      A historic platform

    • B. 

      A call to action

    • C. 

      A failed opinion

    • D. 

      A losing battle

  • 2. 
    Which of the following Justices was NOT known as “the Great Dissenter”?
    • A. 

      Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    • B. 

      Louis Brandeis

    • C. 

      Sandra Day O’Connor

    • D. 

      Antonin Scalia

  • 3. 
    Holmes’s dissent in Schenck v. United States established what phrase referring to the government’s ability to regulate speech?
    • A. 

      Necessary and proper

    • B. 

      Clear and present danger

    • C. 

      Right to remain silent

    • D. 

      I know it when I see it

  • 4. 
    In his opinion in Buck v. Bell, what was Holmes referring to when he said that “three generations of imbeciles are enough”?
    • A. 

      Admitting women to Harvard

    • B. 

      Allowing judicial elections

    • C. 

      Mandating primary education for all citizens

    • D. 

      Sterilizing the mentally retarded

  • 5. 
    Who nominated Breyer to be a judge?
    • A. 

      Jimmy Carter

    • B. 

      Ronald Reagan

    • C. 

      Bill Clinton

    • D. 

      George H. W. Bush

  • 6. 
    Breyer filled the Supreme Court seat of Harry Blackmun, who was referred to as one of “The Minnesota Twins” along with whom?
    • A. 

      Warren Burger

    • B. 

      William J. Brennan

    • C. 

      Eugene J. McCarthy

    • D. 

      Hubert H. Humphrey

  • 7. 
    Blackmun plays his own predecessor on the High Court, Justice Joseph Story, in what film?
    • A. 

      “The People vs. Larry Flint”

    • B. 

      “Amistad”

    • C. 

      “Judgment at Nuremberg”

    • D. 

      “Twelve Angry Men”

  • 8. 
    The play “Inherit the Wind” is a fictionalized portrayal of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey  Trial,” but is really a commentary on what?
    • A. 

      McCarthyism

    • B. 

      Animal testing

    • C. 

      Nuclear arms

    • D. 

      Masculinity

  • 9. 
    To send “a visible sign that we are part of the United States government,” Breyer thinks that Supreme Court Justices should do what?
    • A. 

      Vote in their local elections

    • B. 

      Attend the State of the Union address

    • C. 

      Speak to the press about pending legislation

    • D. 

      Wear American-flag pins on their robes

  • 10. 
    Brandeis University is named for Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice. What is the university mascot?
    • A. 

      Lady Justice

    • B. 

      Judge the Black Bear

    • C. 

      Ollie the Owl

    • D. 

      Moses the Jew

  • 11. 
    “Justice” is one of the four cardinal virtues of Christianity. Which of the following is NOT?
    • A. 

      Prudence

    • B. 

      Fealty

    • C. 

      Temperance

    • D. 

      Fortitude

  • 12. 
    Which of the following was a not a hit song by the Supremes?
    • A. 

      “Baby Love”

    • B. 

      “Dancing in the Street”

    • C. 

      “Where Did Our Love Go”

    • D. 

      “Stop! In the Name of Love”