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The Federal Judicial System Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. 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 2 2. Which of the following cases would be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court?

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

Question 4 4. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 5 5. Which of the following cases would NOT be heard by a federal circuit court?

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Question 6 6. Which courts may serve both as appellate courts and trial courts?

Question 7 7. The lower level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 8 8. Interest groups pursue their causes uses a variety of tactics. Which of the following is NOT a widely used method?

Question 9 9. 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 10 10. 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:

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Question 11 11. Which of the following members of the U.S. judiciary branch does NOT serve a life term?

Question 12 12. The Supreme Court has the power to declare laws unconstitutional. This power is known as:

Question 13 13. Which of the following is NOT an example of a special interest group?

Question 14 14. Which of the following cases can originate in a federal district court?

Question 15 15. 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 16 16. How many justices are there in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 17 17. 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 18 18. Which of the following explains the federal appeals process?

Question 19 19. 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 20 20. When could a party appeal a state case to the U.S. Supreme Court?

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Question 21 21. 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 22 22. Lower state courts are also known as:

Question 23 23. When the Supreme Court declared that the states did not have the right to regulate interstate commerce, they were practicing which principle?

Question 24 24. Which of the following is an example of an impeachable offense?

Question 25 25. 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:

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

Question 28 28. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are appointed for life terms. However, these appointments are conditioned upon which of the following?

Question 29 29. 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 30 30. 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:

The Federal Judicial System Chapter Exam Instructions

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