GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 101
PROFESSOR SEIDMAN'S CLASSFINAL EXAM
Please indicate the correct answer using a two pencil. There is only one correct answer for each question.
1) The First Amendment right to freedom of speech is
a) an unalienable right of liberty, endowed by our Creator, according to the Declaration of Independence
b) essential to our representative democracy
c) a basic human right that no government may abrogate
d) a pleasing nostrum prescribed by rebellious slave owners 230 years ago that is not legally binding on the U.S. government.
2) The First Amendment right to free exercise of religion is
a) our first freedom-- freedom of conscience-- on which all of our other freedoms depend
b) the right of Americans to live according to the dictates of their faith without undue interference by the government
c) a corollary to the prohibition of an Establishment of Religion, which emphasizes the Constitution's prohibition against government interference with religious life in America
d) a superfluous dictum penned by eighteenth century Deists to mollify religious radicals in the colonies, of no binding relevance to modern American law.
3) The Right to a Speedy Trial by an Impartial Jury is
a) a pillar of American jurisprudence
b) an essential protection for citizens from illegitimate prosecution
c) a reflection in the criminal justice system of the ultimate sovereignty of the American people
d) a quaint habit derived 230 years ago from English common law that is optional in modern American jurisprudence
4) The right to Equal Protection of the Law is
a) the assurance that the law will be applied equally to all American citizens regardless of accidents of race, sex, wealth, etc.
b) the explicit Constitutional expression of a fundamental principle of justice
c) the basis for the Incorporation Clause, which applies the Bill of Rights to the states
d) a sop given by guilt-ridden dead white men to blacks after the Civil War, that is no longer binding on legislatures or courts
5) Even for a law professor who openly incites sedition, tenure is
a) an absolute right which can never be abrogated.
b) an absolute right which can never be abrogated.
c) an absolute right which can never be abrogated.
d) an absolute right which can never be abrogated.