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1. Which landmark Supreme Court case from the Warren Court implicated social change?

  • Plessy vs Ferguson (1897)- Plessy was arrested for sitting on a white carriage on a train and this arrest was deemed constitutional under the 'separate but equal' doctrine, which was seemed to satisfy the 14th amendment.
  • None of the above.
  • Brown vs Topeka Board (1954)- segregation in schools and other public facilities was ended shortly after this case, which allowed blacks to go to white schools. It removed the 'separate but equal doctrine' which was deemed to satisfy the 14 amendment
  • Roe vs Wade (1973)- women were not allowed abortions until this case became legal and abortion became legal in 45 states.
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2. How many constitutional amendments has there been?

  • 10
  • 27
  • 43
  • 21

3. What is a judicial review?

  • A judicial review is a self-given power that allows the Supreme Court to impeach members of the other branches.
  • A judicial review is a self-given power that allows the Supreme Court to deem members and legislation unconstitutional.
  • A judicial review is a self-given power that allows the Supreme Court to review recent films in the cinemas.
  • A judicial review is a self-given power that allows the Supreme Court to check themselves.

4. How does the Supreme Court check the other branches of government?

  • Judicial review
  • Relentless scrutiny of the other branches
  • Looks through recent files on members
  • Asks members of other branches if they are happy

5. Which one of these is a reason for the Supreme Court being a political body?

  • Nandos
  • Justices can make policy and enforce it and are therefore a political institution.
  • Justices are nominated and confirmed by politicians- presidents will nominate those who are sympathetic to their agendas.
  • Justices are elected and are therefore closer to the people, making them a political body.

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