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1. The power of the states to enact and enforce laws comes from the
A. rulings of the Supreme Court. B. ninth Amendment to the Constitution. C.
Declaration of Independence. D. tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
2. An important aspect of the Magna Carta was that
A. no free man could be imprisoned without judgment by his peers.
B. the common people were given the ability to vote. C. the common people
were given the ability to own land. D. no free man could be made to pay taxes
to a king.
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3. While vacationing in Florida, Bob, a resident of Texas, is involved in an
automobile accident with a Florida resident. Bob suffers damages in the amount
of $100,000. Can Bob proceed with his case in federal court?
A. Yes, because this involves a federal question B. Yes, because there’s diversity
of citizenship and an amount in controversy in
excess of the $75,000 C. No, because the accident occurred in Florida so only
the Florida State Courts
have jurisdiction D. No, because the amount in controversy is less than
$150,000
4. You’re given an assignment to write a brief for your supervising attorney, in a
lawsuit between two local businesses over payment of a construction contract
totaling $100,000. In preparing this document, it’s important that you educate
the judge on the
A. procedural rules of your state court system. B. law applicable to the case in
question. C. difference between substantive law and procedural law. D.
constitutional standards for admitting evidence.
5. The Constitution provides for
A. the organization of the federal judiciary. B. the power of the courts to enforce
their orders. C. the existence of the judicial branch of government. D. each
state and territory to have a supreme court.
6. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is stated in what
document? A. 1689 Bill of Rights C. Constitution
B. Magna Carta D. Declaration of Independence 7. What is the difference
between jurisdiction in personam and jurisdiction of the
subject matter?
A. Jurisdiction in personam refers to the rules binding on court personnel, while
jurisdiction of the subject matter is the set of rules addressing how actions are
moved through the court system.

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B. Jurisdiction in personam refers to the appeal procedures if a person is
unhappy with a decision of the court, while jurisdiction of the subject matter
refers to the type of cases an appellate court can hear.
C. Jurisdiction is personam refers to the power of a court to bind the defendant
to its rulings while jurisdiction of the subject matter refers to the power of the
court to hear and decide certain types of cases.
D. There is no difference.
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Examination
8. An equitable remedy can
A. award only monetary damages. B. compel action or force cessation of action.
C. proclaim rights and duties and enforce them. D. compel someone to follow
the common law.
9. A state court hears a criminal felony case and in the appeal from conviction,
the defendant raises the question of whether or not his counsel gave effective
assistance. The state court of last resort rules that counsel was effective. The
defendant may
A. appeal the decision to the U.S. District Court. B. not appeal the decision
further because it was decided by the court of last resort. C. not appeal the
decision because it didn’t involve a right protected by
the Constitution. D. appeal the decision to the federal appellate courts.
10. The state of New Hampshire is suing the state of Maine regarding the
location of their shared state line. Which court has original jurisdiction over this
controversy?
A. The U.S. Supreme Court B. The Supreme Court of the state of New
Hampshire C. The Supreme Court of the state of Maine D. The trial court of
either the state of New Hampshire or the state of Maine
11. Common law comes from
A. law that was originally applied only to the poor in England. B. political
uprisings throughout history demanding governmental concessions. C. historical
acceptance of conduct approved by courts and not addressed in statutes. D.
common sense law derived from debates of the American colonial government.
12. The authority for the judicial branch in a state to make up procedural rules
comes from
A. its state constitution, statutes, or the judicial branch itself. B. the power of
the court to control its proceedings. C. the evolving American common law. D.
acts of the U.S. Congress or Senate.
13. The U.S. Constitution limits the powers of the judicial branch to which of the

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