Introduction and Separation of Powers Self-Quiz










Inspired by his political science class, in 2003, Jonathan, an 18-year-old first year college student from New York, has decided to run for the United States House of Representatives for the term beginning 2004 to become a Representative from New York. May he be elected?
Choice 1 Yes, because every adult in the United States is entitled to be elected to such a position.
Choice 2 No, because he is not 25 years old.
Choice 3Yes, because he is from New York and wants to represent New York.
Peter was born in Ireland in 1970. Because his father became employed with a United States company, Peter and his family moved to the United States in 1983. Peter graduated from high school, attended a top tier university, and is now, in 2003, a noted legal scholar and professor with a prestigious law school. In 2000, Peter became a citizen of the United States. Peter has dreamed of becoming a United States Senator and now wishes to become United States Senator for New York, in which he currently resides. May Peter pursue his dream?
Choice 1 No, because Peter was born in Ireland.
Choice 2 Yes, because Peter is over thirty years old.
Choice 3 No, because Peter has not been a United States citizen for nine years.
A United States Supreme Court Justice has died, leaving one vacancy on the bench. The United States Congress has convened and has selected the Mayor of New York City to be the next Justice. Is this constitutional?
Choice 1 Yes, because Justices may be appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Choice 2 No, because the United States House of Representatives has not agreed.
Choice 3 No, because only the President of the United States has the power to make such an appointment.
Choice 4 Yes, because the Senate has ultimate power.
The President of the United States has written a law prohibiting every United States Citizen from owning a dog. The United States Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether such action is constitutional. How will the Supreme Court rule?
Choice 1 Unconstitutional, because the United States Congress has the power to write law, not the President.
Choice 2 Constitutional, because the President is elected by the public, and therefore, has the power to create whatever laws he or she wants.
Choice 3 None of the above, because the Supreme Court does not have the power to make such a decision.

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