Chapter 4 Quiz

Question 1

/ 5 pts

In any given year, the largest number of cases is heard in:

Federal courts

State supreme courts

U.S. District Courts


State trial courts

Question 2

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Which of the following statements best describes colonial courts?

they acted independently from the governor


they were rather simple institutions

they handled many cases

they were dominated by legal experts

Question 3

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Which of the following is not true about American courts after the Civil War?

the growth of cities meant that more complex cases went to the courts

many new courts were added

specialized courts were created


the addition of new courts was carefully planned.

Question 4

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A court is said to have “limited jurisdiction” when it:

deals only with the pretrial stages of a case.

hears only juvenile matters


handles only minor cases

hears a limited number of cases in a given year.

Question 5

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Which of the following types of courts do not have “limited jurisdiction”?


courts of appeals

municipal courts


county courts

Question 6

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The largest number of courts in the United States is courts of:

general jurisdiction

appellate jurisdiction

superior jurisdiction


limited jurisdiction

Question 7

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Trial de novo means:

the prosecution’s right of appeal


that the proceedings are repeated

a trial based on prior negotiations

an expedited hearing to determine truth

Question 8

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In criminal cases, the functions of the lower courts include:

disposition of misdemeanors and traffic offenses

preliminary hearings for felony offenses

taking a plea in all cases


a and b are both true

Question 9

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A person arrested for speeding would most likely appear in a:

court of appeal

court of general jurisdiction


court of limited jurisdiction

it depends on the speed of the car

Question 10

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Trial courts of general jurisdiction are:

limited to misdemeanor cases


unlimited as to what they may hear

limited to civil cases

limited to felony cases

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