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The Federal Judicial System: Help and Review Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following is NOT an example of a special interest group?

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

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

Question 4 4. 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 5 5. 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 6 6. All of the following parties can appeal the decision of a federal trial EXCEPT _____.

Question 7 7. The Supreme Court has the power to declare laws unconstitutional. This power is known as:

Question 8 8. Which of these is a feature of lower state courts?

Question 9 9. The middle level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 10 10. 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?

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Question 11 11. 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 12 12. 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 13 13. 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 14 14. What type of jurisdiction applies to cases between residents of different states?

Question 15 15. Which courts may serve both as appellate courts and trial courts?

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Question 16 16. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are appointed for life terms. However, these appointments are conditioned upon which of the following?

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

Question 18 18. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

Question 19 19. How many justices are there in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 20 20. 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 21 21. What type of case can NOT be heard in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 22 22. 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 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. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 25 25. 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 _____.

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Question 26 26. 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 27 27. Which of the following members of the U.S. judiciary branch does NOT serve a life term?

Question 28 28. Which of the following is an example of an impeachable offense?

Question 29 29. How many federal judges are there in the U.S.?

Question 30 30. 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?

The Federal Judicial System: Help and Review Chapter Exam Instructions

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