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Supreme Court Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

The United States Supreme Court begins a new term on the first Monday in October. This is a landmark term because Ketanji Brown Jackson, appointed in February, is the first black woman to serve on the court. It is an appropriate time to look back at the court’s history and test one’s knowledge of it.

You probably know that when the Founding Fathers established government, they created three parts: legislative (Congress), executive (president and federal agencies), and judicial (courts). The idea was to share power and allow each party to prevent the others from getting too much. The job of the courts was to find out what the laws mean and whether the laws are in accordance with the Constitution or contrary to it.

They decided that a court should be the highest in the country. So they created the Supreme Court as part of the Constitution, but did not include many details. Who would serve in it? For how long? How many lower courts would be needed? Congress approved the Judiciary Act of 1789which provided a basic structure, part of which still exists.

The court has decided thousands of cases. Here are some great ones:

  • brown vs. board of education: Public schools cannot separate students based on race.
  • miranda vs arizona: Police should tell people before asking questions that they have the right to remain silent and have a lawyer present.
  • Tinker v. Des Moines: Students have freedom of speech at school unless they are disruptive to school.

Find out what else you know about the Supreme Court by taking our quiz. We invite children ages 8-13 to have a parent or teacher fill out the contact information in the form linked below and give them permission to submit the questionnaire. We will randomly select three children who answered all questions correctly and send them a KidsPost prize package. One ticket per person. Entries must be submitted by October 24. The correct answers will be posted on KidsPost later this month. Winners will be notified by October 31.

A reminder from the KidsPost team: Our stories are geared toward kids ages 7-13. We welcome discussion from readers of all ages, but please follow our community guidelines and make comments appropriate for that age group.

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