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The Federal Judicial Branch: Lesson Plans Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

Question 2 2. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are appointed for life terms. However, these appointments are conditioned upon which of the following?

Question 3 3. The lower level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 4 4. Lower state courts are also known as:

Question 5 5. Why was U.S. v. Hernandez brought to U.S. District Court?

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Question 6 6. Which step is part of a criminal trial?

Question 7 7. 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 8 8. Which of the following is NOT an example of a special interest group?

Question 9 9. Which of the following is an example of an impeachable offense?

Question 10 10. 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?

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Question 11 11. Which courts may serve both as appellate courts and trial courts?

Question 12 12. What happens if the plaintiff is unsatisfied with the decision at the U.S. Supreme Court?

Question 13 13. When the Supreme Court declared that the states did not have the right to regulate interstate commerce, they were practicing which principle?

Question 14 14. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 15 15. What is a characteristic of cases heard by the Supreme Court?

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Question 16 16. 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?

Question 17 17. 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 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. 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 20 20. Which of the following cases can originate in a federal district court?

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Question 21 21. What type of jurisdiction applies to cases between residents of different states?

Question 22 22. Once nominated, a candidate for federal judgeship must be confirmed. Which of the following steps is necessary for the candidate's confirmation?

Question 23 23. Which party files a civil suit?

Question 24 24. How many federal judges are there in the U.S.?

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

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Question 26 26. 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 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. Why are U.S. Courts of Appeals powerful?

Question 29 29. The Supreme Court has the power to declare laws unconstitutional. This power is known as:

Question 30 30. How do appellate courts differ from trial courts?

The Federal Judicial Branch: Lesson Plans Chapter Exam Instructions

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