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

  • 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.
  • Nandos
  • Justices are elected and are therefore closer to the people, making them a political body.

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

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

4. 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.
  • 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.
  • None of the above.

5. How is the Supreme Court becoming more political?

  • This is the correct answer.
  • It just is.
  • Supreme Court nominations have been politicised by Congress, since about 1981 (Reagan).
  • Supreme Court members are elected by Congress, who choose members based on their political views.


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