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The Judicial Branch of the U.S. Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. You have plenty of responsibilities regarding the stability of the political and legal system of the United States. Formally, one of your tasks is nominating federal judges. Which of the following are you?

Question 2 2. How is a decision made in the Federal Court of Appeals?

Question 3 3. Why are governmental powers shared between the federal government and state governments?

Question 4 4. Which of the following cases would NOT be heard by a federal circuit court?

Question 5 5. Once nominated, a candidate for federal judgeship must be confirmed. Which of the following steps is necessary for the candidate's confirmation?

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Question 6 6. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are appointed for life terms. However, these appointments are conditioned upon which of the following?

Question 7 7. Sometimes a group will file a 'friend of the court' brief in order to pursue a particular cause, even though the group is not a party to the lawsuit. This type of brief is known as a:

Question 8 8. Keith is a potential candidate for spot on the Supreme Court. Where should he focus his lobbying efforts in order to reach the office he desires?

Question 9 9. Sometimes judges and justices interpret statutes or the Constitution strictly, emphasizing the limited nature of the court's power. This is known as:

Question 10 10. The Supreme Court has the power to declare laws unconstitutional. This power is known as:

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Question 11 11. What type of jurisdiction applies to cases between residents of different states?

Question 12 12. The U.S. federal government is divided into three branches, with each branch responsible for fulfilling specific governmental needs while remaining dependent on the other two. Moreover, each branch has the authority to review and restrain the operations of the other two branches. This is known as:

Question 13 13. A prisoner is sentenced to life in prison after leaking secret NSA documents. Which of the following might allow him to be released from prison?

Question 14 14. In order to file a lawsuit, a group must show that it has enough connection to the case to support its participation as a party to the case. This is known as having:

Question 15 15. Which of the following members of the U.S. judiciary branch does NOT serve a life term?

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Question 16 16. All of the following parties can appeal the decision of a federal trial EXCEPT _____.

Question 17 17. When could a party appeal a state case to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Question 18 18. Interest groups pursue their causes uses a variety of tactics. Which of the following is NOT a widely used method?

Question 19 19. How many federal judges are there in the U.S.?

Question 20 20. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following cases can originate in a federal district court?

Question 22 22. How many justices are there in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 23 23. Larry sues his homeowner's association because they told him he couldn't fly his American flag. Larry believes this is a violation of his 1st Amendment rights. Larry loses in district court and asks for his case to be reviewed. What kind of court will hear his case?

Question 24 24. James believes that the best way for the country to move forward is to ensure sustainable development and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, he has petitioned for a hearing with the Supreme Court to question whether several laws that increase the limits of greenhouse gas emission for large companies are constitutional. What is this an example of?

Question 25 25. Which of the following cases would be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court?

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Question 26 26. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 27 27. Steve was pulled over for speeding. His car was then searched, and the police found a gun that he was not permitted to have. Steve was found guilty in trial court but believes his constitutional rights were violated because the police did not have a warrant or probable cause to search his car. Although Steve's lawyer brought this up during the trial, the evidence was not presented. What must Steve's attorney prove to the Federal Court of Appeals?

Question 28 28. Which courts may serve both as appellate courts and trial courts?

Question 29 29. Which of the following is an example of an impeachable offense?

Question 30 30. Which of the following is NOT an example of a special interest group?

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