The Federal Court System of the United States: Definition, Structure & Levels


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The lower level of the federal court system is comprised of:

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

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combination will help improve your understanding of the three tier structure of the courts as well as the function of each level of court. Quiz topics cover the names of the different levels and your understanding of jurisdiction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The lower level federal courts
  • The middle level federal courts
  • The highest level federal court
  • Types of jurisdiction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw and retain the most important information on the structure and function of the U.S. federal court system from the related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases dealing with jurisdiction
  • Distinguishing differences - distinguish between the different levels of the federal court system
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about jurisdiction and the individual courts

Additional Learning

To learn more about the structure of the United States federal court system, review the accompanying lesson on this topic. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the three tiers of the U.S. federal court system
  • Explain how justices are chosen
  • Define a Writ of Certiorari
  • Explain judicial review