Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples


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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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1. 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:

2. 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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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These learning tools will help you assess what you know about the federal government and how the Constitution provides checks and balances on the Supreme Court. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include related vocabulary words and what Supreme Court appointments are conditioned upon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you can answer questions on the following:

  • Judicial branch appointments
  • Term for the division of the federal government into three branches
  • Term for presidential forgiveness of a federal crime
  • Term for Congress removing a federal judge or justice from office
  • What Supreme Court appointments are conditional upon

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the division of the government in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as federal and judicial
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about checks and balances on the Supreme Court

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson called Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Discuss the separate government branches
  • Learn about the system of checks and balances