Writ of Mandamus: Definition & Example


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The Latin word mandamus means

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1. Writs of mandamus are _____.

2. Which of the following situations might call for the use of a writ of mandamus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The writ of mandamus plays an integral part in the legal system. Quiz questions will test your understanding about the meaning, usage and criteria for this maneuver.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • Translation of mandamus
  • How often the writs of mandamus are used
  • Usage of the writ of mandamus
  • Scenarios that should or should not use writ of mandamus

Skills Practiced

Students will be able to practice the following skills when using this assessment:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the legal-related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - accurately define key phrases such as writ of mandamus and terms associated with this aspect of the law
  • Information recall - access knowledge you have obtained regarding criteria needed
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions citing various examples of when this writ would be applicable

Additional Learning

By reviewing the lesson Writ of Mandamus: Definitions and Examples, you will learn about the following:

  • Who can issue the writ
  • What steps need to be completed prior to seeking this option
  • Origin of the word mandamus