Monday, March 12, 2007

The Judicial Branch: It Rules

From the archives: (Vacation Day)

How many of the nine Supreme Court justices can you name? How many of the nine members of the Brady Bunch can you name? What does that say about you?

Source: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, Chapter 5: The Judicial Branch: It Rules.

Explanation: This is the first of the "Discussion Questions" at the end of the chapter. Also included are the following:

  • At what point during a typical Supreme Court hearing is it most appropriate to leap to your feet and shout, "I'm out of order?!? This whole court's out of order!"
  • Name five differences between a gavel and an ordinary hammer.
  • If the current justices of the Supreme Court were a baseball team, which position would each one play? What position would each play if they were a cricket team, not counting the wicketkeeper and the bowler? Which justice, past or present, do you think would make the best deep mid-wicket?
  • Separation of church and state is one of the fundamental principles of our government, yet court witnesses are required to swear on The Bible. Justify this.

This book is freakin' brilliant. You should read it.

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