Majority, Concurring & Dissenting Opinions of the Supreme Court


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Which of the following is a type of judicial opinion issued by the Supreme Court?

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1. Which opinion states the decision reached by more than half of the justices of the Court?

2. If a justice agrees with the majority's resolution of a case, but wants to express a different reason why, what kind of opinion should the justice write?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

To make it user-friendly, this quiz and worksheet combo is printable and interactive. It can help you gauge your understanding of some aspects dealing with the rendering of judicial opinions by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to measure your knowledge of the following:

  • The types of opinions that are considered binding on other courts
  • The type of judicial opinion issued by the Supreme Court
  • The name of the opinion reached by more than half of the justices
  • An opinion rendered by a justice who agrees with the majority but for a different reason than that expressed
  • What is a plurality opinion

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the article on stances of the Supreme Court
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of judicial opinions
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Supreme Court

Additional Learning

To learn more about the nature of Supreme Court opinions, read over the short article entitled Majority, Concurring & Dissenting Opinions of the Supreme Court. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain what is meant by the statement that the Supreme Court of the United States is an appellate court
  • Define judicial opinion
  • Comment on what happens when the justices don't all agree on a resolution
  • Tell in what ay a dissenting opinion conflicts with both the majority and concurring opinions