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Fundamentals of the Federal Judicial System Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. 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 2 2. The middle level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 3 3. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 4 4. When a party is dissatisfied with a lower court's decision and wishes to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the party must first file _____.

Question 5 5. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are appointed for life terms. However, these appointments are conditioned upon which of the following?

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Question 6 6. When the Supreme Court declared that the states did not have the right to regulate interstate commerce, they were practicing which principle?

Question 7 7. Which of the following cases can originate in a federal district court?

Question 8 8. John lost his case in the lower court, so he appealed and his case was heard in the appellate court. He won the case there, but the other party in the case wants to appeal. Which court will this appeal go to?

Question 9 9. How is a decision made in the Federal Court of Appeals?

Question 10 10. Which of the following principles is used when the courts look to the legislative history of a statute in order to determine what the legislative body intended when they passed the law?

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Question 11 11. All of the following parties can appeal the decision of a federal trial EXCEPT _____.

Question 12 12. The lower level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 13 13. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

Question 14 14. The Supreme Court has the power to declare laws unconstitutional. This power is known as:

Question 15 15. Why are governmental powers shared between the federal government and state governments?

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Question 16 16. Sometimes judges and justices interpret statutes or the Constitution strictly, emphasizing the limited nature of the court's power. This is known as:

Question 17 17. Which of the following cases would be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court?

Question 18 18. 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 19 19. Which of the following is an example of an impeachable offense?

Question 20 20. 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?

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Question 21 21. Which of these is a feature of lower state courts?

Question 22 22. Which of the following explains the federal appeals process?

Question 23 23. 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 24 24. When could a party appeal a state case to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Question 25 25. Which of the following cases would NOT be heard by a federal circuit court?

Fundamentals of the Federal Judicial System Chapter Exam Instructions

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