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The U.S. Federal Judicial System Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What type of jurisdiction applies to cases between residents of different states?

Question 2 2. 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 3 3. Interest groups pursue their causes uses a variety of tactics. Which of the following is NOT a widely used method?

Question 4 4. Which of the following members of the U.S. judiciary branch does NOT serve a life term?

Question 5 5. 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 6 6. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

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 an example of an impeachable offense?

Question 9 9. Which of the following explains the federal appeals process?

Question 10 10. 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?

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Question 11 11. Which of these is a feature of lower state courts?

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 cases can originate in a federal district court?

Question 14 14. 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 15 15. 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 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. 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. 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 19 19. Which of the following cases would be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court?

Question 20 20. Which of the following cases would NOT be heard by a federal circuit court?

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Question 21 21. How is a decision made in the Federal Court of Appeals?

Question 22 22. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are appointed for life terms. However, these appointments are conditioned upon which of the following?

Question 23 23. Which of the following is NOT an example of a special interest group?

Question 24 24. All of the following parties can appeal the decision of a federal trial EXCEPT _____.

Question 25 25. How many justices are there in the United States Supreme Court?

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Question 26 26. The lower level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 27 27. 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 28 28. When could a party appeal a state case to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Question 29 29. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 30 30. Once nominated, a candidate for federal judgeship must be confirmed. Which of the following steps is necessary for the candidate's confirmation?

The U.S. Federal Judicial System Chapter Exam Instructions

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