Supreme Court: 7 Controversial Landmark Cases Test questions



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Supreme Court: 7 Controversial Landmark Cases

Test questions


  1. Briefly describe the US Supreme Court (SC). (how many justices are there (no names!!), but please know how many women and men are there, how long is their term, who appoints them, what does that imply as far as party affiliation is concerned, etc)

  2. What is the “story” of Dred Scott?


Explain what the different colors indicate on the map.


  1. Name two of the most important constitutional issues in relation to the Dred Scott case.

  2. What was the decision of the SC in the Dred Scott case in 1857 and what were the consequences of that decision?

  3. What is the story of Homer Plessy (as far as the 1896 court case is concerned) and the circumstances of the Plessy v. Ferguson case?

  4. What did the case revolve around?

  5. What was the decision of the SC in the Plessy v. Ferguson case in 1896 and what were the consequences of that decision?

PLEASE GO THROUGH THE OTHER 5 CASES BASED ON THE SAME PATTERN (3 QUESTIONS)

    • THE Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

    • Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

    • New York Times Co. v. United States (1971, ‘The Pentagon Papers’)


    • United States v. Nixon (1974) (The Watergate Affair)

    • Roe v. Wade (1973)




  1. What do you know about Jane Roe’s life following the 1973 court decision? (jobs, pro-choice/pro-life activism, etc)

  2. Extra credit question: Comment on why the “Palin on Roe v. Wade - Katie Couric Interview” was embarrassing for Sarah Palin. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy_ItccOIek&feature=related – 1 minute)

  3. How many abortions are performed per day in the US on average? What is the number one reason for abortions (95% of the cases)?

  4. Who was Margaret Sanger and what was her original purpose with the abortion/birth control clinics? What ideology lay underneath her Negro Program?

  5. List 5-6 Post Abortion Stress Syndromes. Describe one that can have adverse effects on the woman’s relationships.

  6. What are some possible parallels between abortion in the 20th century and slavery in the 19th?


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