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Federal Judicial System Overview 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. 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 3 3. The middle level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 4 4. Why are governmental powers shared between the federal government and state governments?

Question 5 5. All of the following parties can appeal the decision of a federal trial EXCEPT _____.

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Question 6 6. Once nominated, a candidate for federal judgeship must be confirmed. Which of the following steps is necessary for the candidate's confirmation?

Question 7 7. When the Supreme Court declared that the states did not have the right to regulate interstate commerce, they were practicing which principle?

Question 8 8. Steve sues his employer in federal district court because he believes the employer discriminated against him, thereby violating his constitutional rights. Why is this an example of original jurisdiction?

Question 9 9. Which of the following cases would NOT be heard by a federal circuit court?

Question 10 10. Which of the following cases can originate in a federal district court?

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Question 11 11. Which of the following is an example of an impeachable offense?

Question 12 12. 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 13 13. 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 14 14. How many federal judges are there in the U.S.?

Question 15 15. Which of the following cases would be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court?

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Question 16 16. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 17 17. 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 18 18. Which courts may serve both as appellate courts and trial courts?

Question 19 19. What type of jurisdiction applies to cases between residents of different states?

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

Question 22 22. 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 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. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

Question 25 25. 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 26 26. 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 27 27. Sometimes judges and justices interpret statutes or the Constitution strictly, emphasizing the limited nature of the court's power. This is known as:

Question 28 28. Which of the following explains the federal appeals process?

Question 29 29. What type of case can NOT be heard in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 30 30. When could a party appeal a state case to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Federal Judicial System Overview Chapter Exam Instructions

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