This activity contains 25 questions.
Which branch did Alexander Hamilton call the "least dangerous branch"?
The federal judiciary was given form and substance by
both the executive and legislative branches.
the Alien and Sedition Acts.
the Supreme Court.
In its early days, the Supreme Court met
at a local tavern.
in round-the-clock sessions to help interpret the provisions of the Constitution.
in the Supreme Court Building constructed across the street from the U.S. Capitol building.
In the county courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.
in a small area in the basement of the U.S. Capitol building.
Lawyers can use their peremptory challenges to exclude jurors on the basis of their I. education. II. race. III. occupation. IV. gender.
III and IV
I and III
I and IV
II, III, and IV
I, II, and III
In court rulings, a reliance on precedents to formulate decisions on new cases is called
lux et lex.
Democrats have complained that George W. Bush's nominees to the federal courts have been
The justices of the Supreme Court are
elected in nonpartisan balloting.
nominated by the president and confirmed by both the House and Senate.
confirmed by the president.
nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
nominated by the Senate.
Questions involving ________ make up about half of the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.
the Bill of Rights
Since 1988, most appellate cases have arrived at the Court have been through
in forma pauperis.
its original jurisdictions.
none of the above
The member of the Justice Department who handles all Supreme Court appeals for the U.S. government is the
deputy secretary of justice.
secretary of justice.
Research by political scientists finds that
interest groups play no significant role in the judicial process.
only conservative interest groups influence the Court.
only liberal interest groups influence the Court.
federal courts are immune to interest group pressure.
the more interest groups that file petitions in support of certiorari, the more likely the Court is to accept the case for review.
Interest groups often participate in Supreme Court cases through the use of
direct mail campaigns to the Court.
A Supreme Court justice who agrees with the outcome reached by the majority but not with the legal reasoning behind the decision may issue a
The attitudinal model of Supreme Court decision making posits that
a conservative justice appointed by a conservative president would be more likely to vote in favor of abortion restrictions.
as justices grow older, they become more conservative.
attitudes give us little insight into how justices make decisions.
conservative justices will always vote conservatively.
liberal justices will never adopt a conservative judicial position on a case.
In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that public high school graduations could not include a prayer. However, many schools continue to include prayers at graduation ceremonies and football games. This demonstrates the difficulties of
the behavioral model.
Article III is less detailed than Article I and Article II.
Judicial review is granted to the Supreme Court in Article IV of the Constitution.
, Chief Justice Abe Fortes wrote, "it is emphatically the province and duty of Congress to say what the law is."
Circuit Court decisions set binding precedents for all federal courts, unless the Supreme Court intervenes.
During the Bush administration, Republican home-state senators had considerable input as to who would be nominated for the federal district courts. This is called senatorial courtesy.
Most Supreme Court justices have been members of traditional Protestant faiths.
Robert Bork was easily confirmed as associate justice to the Supreme Court.
A former clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun has complained that the clerks of the court are too ideological and have too much power.
The U.S. solicitor general's petitions to the Supreme Court are more likely to be accepted than the petitions from any other party.
The Roberts Court ruled that the Bush administration's denial of
rights to prisoners at Guant�namo Bay was unconstitutional.
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