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Do You Know These 12 Basic Things About the Supreme Court?

     

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The justices of the US Supreme Court in 1899. (Wikimedia Commons)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly over Valentine's Day weekend, sparking national conversation and controversy about who should name his successor and when, and what kind of legal mind would be ideal to replace him, and so on and so on. But most people are unclear on even pretty basic information about the highest court in the land. Are you one of them? Find out with this quiz.

1

Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?


Dick Cheney
William Rehnquist
John Roberts
Stephen Breyer
2

How many female Supreme Court justices are there right now?


2
3
4
3

The first female Supreme Court Justice was __________.


Judy Sheindlin
Sally Ride
Geraldine Ferraro
Sandra Day O'Connor
4

How many African American Supreme Court justices have there been?


1
2
3
4
5

True or false: The Supreme Court has always had 9 justices.


True
False
6

On average, how often does the Supreme Court split 5-4 over a decision?


20%
50%
75%
7

Of the roughly 5,000 cases submitted to the Supreme Court every year, how many actually get heard?


1 to 5
10 to 15
100 to 150
1000 to 1500
8

The Supreme Court is a life appointment--justices remain on the bench until they retire or die. The average Supreme Court justice serves for how long?


44 years
24 years
14 years
4 years
9

If a justice retires and a replacement hasn’t been appointed yet, the Court continues making decisions. But if there’s an even number of justices and there’s a tie on a decision, what happens?


They vote again
The president breaks the tie
The Senate breaks the tie
They defer to the lower court's decision
10

True or false: To become a SCOTUS justice, you have to have a law degree.


True. Obvs.
False. Surprisingly.
11

Since 1900, the Senate has voted on how many Supreme Court nominees during the last year of a president’s term?


0
2
5
8
12

Which president later became a Supreme Court justice?


Thomas Jefferson
Martin Van Buren
William Howard Taft
Herbert Hoover

Do You Know These 12 Basic Things About the Supreme Court?

Holly Epstein Ojalvo

Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.

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