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The U.S. Judicial Branch Chapter Exam

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

Question 2 2. 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 3 3. Which of these Supreme Court decisions would be considered judicial activism?

Question 4 4. Sometimes judges and justices interpret statutes or the Constitution strictly, emphasizing the limited nature of the court's power. This is known as:

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

Question 8 8. Which of the following is an example of an impeachable offense?

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

Question 10 10. When the Supreme Court declared that the states did not have the right to regulate interstate commerce, they were practicing which principle?

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Question 11 11. What type of case can NOT be heard in the United States Supreme Court?

Question 12 12. How is a decision made in the Federal Court of Appeals?

Question 13 13. Which of the following cases would be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court?

Question 14 14. 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 15 15. 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?

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

Question 18 18. How many federal judges are there in the U.S.?

Question 19 19. The Supreme Court has the power to declare laws unconstitutional. This power is known as:

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

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Question 21 21. 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 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 courts may serve both as appellate courts and trial courts?

Question 24 24. The middle level of the federal court system is comprised of:

Question 25 25. Which of the following explains the federal appeals process?

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Question 26 26. How many justices are there in the United States Supreme Court?

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

Question 28 28. 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 29 29. Once nominated, a candidate for federal judgeship must be confirmed. Which of the following steps is necessary for the candidate's confirmation?

Question 30 30. 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 _____.

The U.S. Judicial Branch Chapter Exam Instructions

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