The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences


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

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1. 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?

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How much power does the Supreme Court have, exactly? Is it truly 'supreme'? Take advantage of this interactive quiz to learn more about the power of the judiciary, different ways that justices make their rulings, and different views of the role of the court.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will teach you about:

  • Judicial review
  • Judicial nationalism
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Judicial restraint
  • Judicial activism

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define terms related to judiciary powers at the federal level
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as judicial restraint and activism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the role of the Supreme Court

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson, The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences, will prepare you to:

  • Discuss the impact of the Judiciary Act of 1789 on the Supreme Court's history
  • Describe an instance of judicial nationalism
  • Differentiate between judicial activism and judicial restraint