Do You Know These 12 Basic Things About the Supreme Court?
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.
Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
How many female Supreme Court justices are there right now?
The first female Supreme Court Justice was __________.
How many African American Supreme Court justices have there been?
True or false: The Supreme Court has always had 9 justices.
On average, how often does the Supreme Court split 5-4 over a decision?
Of the roughly 5,000 cases submitted to the Supreme Court every year, how many actually get heard?
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?
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?
True or false: To become a SCOTUS justice, you have to have a law degree.
Since 1900, the Senate has voted on how many Supreme Court nominees during the last year of a president’s term?
Which president later became a Supreme Court justice?
Holly Epstein Ojalvo
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