Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Chapter 1: What is Law?

Student Self-Assessment Quizzes

What is a valid explanation of why societies have laws?
A)Laws promote confusion and disorder.
B)All laws are fair.
C)Laws help prevent people from taking advantage of one another.
D)Every society has had written laws.
Which statement best explains the relationship between law and values?
A)Law expresses the morality of the majority of the citizens.
B)Everything that is illegal is also immoral.
C)Society's laws are influenced by traditional ideas of right and wrong.
D)If an act is legal, it is also moral.
Which current controversy is most like the 1919 constitutional ban on the manufacture and sale of alcohol?
A)the U.S. Supreme Court's invalidation of criminal laws against private consensual sex acts
B)the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that race can be considered in college admissions
C)country's vast drug and gang problems
D)the time limits placed by the federal law on how long people can receive welfare payments
Which statement about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and U.S. Constitutional Rights is true?
A)Both sets of rights can be enforced by a lawsuit in U.S. courts.
B)Both sets of rights limit the actions of government and private individuals.
C)Both sets of rights exist merely because we are human.
D)Both sets of rights include the rights to political and religious freedom.
Thang grabs 18-year old Dylan after school and beats him up. If a criminal charge is brought against Thang, who would bring it?
A)the government
C)Dylan's parents on behalf of Dylan
D)American Civil Liberties Union
Thang grabs 18-year-old Dylan after school and beats him up. If a civil case is brought, who would bring it?
A)Dylan's parents on behalf of Dylan.
C)the government
D)American Civil Liberties Union.
Most criminal and civil laws are passed by state or local legislatures. This demonstrates which two constitutional principles?
A)limited government and federalism
B)separation of powers and checks and balances
C)judicial review and federalism
D)Bill of Rights and judicial review
Congress made it a requirement that in order for the states to get highways funds from the federal government, they would have to raise the drinking age to 21. This is one way that Congress has expanded its power under which constitutional principle?
A)limited government
B)checks and balances
C)judicial review
D)separation of powers
In 1980, President Carter signed a treaty on the international rights of women. The Senate has not passed the treaty as of 2008. The requirement to get the advice and consent of the Senate is an example of which constitutional principle?
A)limited government
B)separation of powers
C)judicial review
D)checks and balances
The U.S. Supreme Court was asked to decide whether a banner held by a student at a school-sponsored event was protected free speech. This is an example of
A)limited government.
B)separation of powers.
C)checks and balances
D)judicial review.
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