Reading Comprehension Quiz

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John Marshall (died 1835) was an American statesman and jurist who shaped American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a center of power. He was Chief Justice of the United States, serving from 1801 until his death in 1835.

The longest serving Chief Justice in Supreme Court history, Marshall dominated the Court for over three decades and played a significant role in the development of the American legal system. Most notably, he established that the courts are entitled to exercise judicial review, which is the power to strike down laws that violate the Constitution. Thus, he has been credited with cementing the position of the judiciary as an independent and influential branch of government. Furthermore, he made several important decisions relating to Federalism, shaping the balance of power between the federal government and the states during the early years of the republic. In particular, he repeatedly confirmed the supremacy of federal law over state law and supported an expansive reading of the Constitution's "enumerated powers," which is a list of the specific powers of the Congress.

1. "Expansive reading" means
A. not strict, open to interpretation.
B. careful reading.
C. good-natured reading.
D. large reading.
2. The Latin origin of enumerate (as in "enumerated powers") meant
A. to wish for.
B. to expose.
C. to number/count.
D. to insist.
3. Federal means
A. subsidiary.
B. just.
C. national/central.
D. important.
4. Marshall ensured that the courts
A. can make law.
B. can overrule the legislature.
C. can violate the Constitution.
D. must be subject to the Executive Branch.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-C..........3-C..........4-B
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