Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Chapter 2: Lawmaking

Student Self-Assessment Quizzes

A statute passed by which legislative body affects everyone in the United States?
A)county council
B)state legislature
C)city council
One Native American Tribal Council sets a speed limit. Who has to follow this law?
A)People who drive on the reservation of this Native American group.
B)All Native American tribal members in the United States.
C)All Native American tribal members in the state where this reservation is located.
D)No one because tribal councils do not have authority to pass laws.
The federal statutes make the use of marijuana for medical purposes a crime. Yet some states passed laws making the medical use of marijuana legal. How does the supremacy clause of the Constitution affect this?
A)Federal law makes these state laws invalid.
B)Federal law does not apply to states that have laws permitting medical marijuana use.
C)The federal government does not have the authority to pass criminal laws about marijuana.
D)States do not have the authority to pass criminal laws about marijuana.
Which of the following is an example of legislative intent from the Case of The Unclear Law?
A)The language of the law reads that no vehicles are allowed in the park.
B)Parents with wheeled strollers will be kept out of the park.
C)People will be confused about what kinds of vehicle can be used in the park.
D)The city council wants to preserve nature within the city.
Which of the following is good advice when actually drafting laws?
A)Write the law in general language so that there can be many interpretations.
B)Give a range of dates when the law becomes effective.
C)Make sure the law is enforceable and states who has the authority to enforce it.
D)Make sure that judges can establish whatever penalty they think is appropriate.
Which law listed below is most likely made by an agency?
A)To get an original social security card, a person must present documents that prove one's age, U.S. citizenship or alien status, and true identity.
B)States are required to meet clean water standards.
C)Students may attend school until at least age 16.
D)People who leave children under 8 years of age unattended in a motor vehicle are guilty of an infraction.
What type of court hears arguments from lawyers, has no witnesses or other evidence, and then issues written opinions?
A)trial courts
B)federal courts
C)state courts
D)appellate courts
A treaty is defined as a(n)
A)agreement or contract between countries.
B)statute passed by Congress.
C)statute declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
D)compact between two or more states in the United States.
Which statement about the European Union is true?
A)Member countries give up most of their sovereign power to the European Union.
B)Member countries give up their sovereign power in selected areas to a European Parliament.
C)The legislature in each of the member countries of the European Union has been abolished.
D)Member countries do not give up any sovereign power when they join the European Union.
Which statement about the United Nations is true?
A)The United Nations has the authority to grant extradition of criminals from one country to another.
B)The United Nations operates the International Criminal Court, in which the United States participates.
C)The United States no longer financially supports the United Nations.
D)The United Nations has many affiliated organizations, such as the Commission on Human Rights, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Health Organization.
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