Multiple Choice Answers

John Astor is angry with his neighbor, Wendell Suzuki, for a number of reasons, but not for
any one thing in particular. He just doesn’t like the guy. After years of suffering in silence,
he decides he is going to make up a reason to sue Suzuki. What could happen to Astor?
A. Astor is protected from any harm because he filed a lawful legal action.
B. Astor could be held in contempt of court and his house could be seized by the government.
C. Astor could wind up in endless legal actions as his only recourse to settle problems with Suzuki.
D. If Suzuki proves that Astor’s action was without cause, he could countersue for malicious prosecution. The court could impose stiff sanctions.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 3 states that a civil action is commenced when what single event happens?
A. A complaint is filed with the court.
B. Notice is served on the defendant.
C. The defendant acknowledges that the complaint has been served.
D. The judge agrees to accept the case.
In a civil proceeding, trial by jury is a right given to us from what source?
A. The Administrative Code of the Federal Court Procedures
B. The Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
C. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
D. The Judiciary and Judicial Procedure Act
Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure governs the filing of class-action lawsuits?
A. Rule 12 C. Rule 8(c)
B. Rule 23 D. Rule 55
In criminal litigation, motions may be filed
A. only after the trial actually begins.
B. when the judge rules that motions may be presented.
C. following the exchange of discovery by the defense and prosecution.
D. only when each side rests its case.
Which of the following is an example of direct examination?
A. Attorneys for the plaintiff and defendant ask questions of potential jurors during voir dire in an attempt to assemble a sympathetic jury.
B. The defense lawyer in a malpractice suit asks the plaintiff’s expert witness questions
about inconsistencies in his testimony.
C. The trial judge in a murder trial asks potential jurors how they feel about the death
penalty, to determine juror qualifications and impartiality.
D. The defense lawyer in a murder trial calls a witness who was with the defendant on the night of the crime, and asks questions about what he saw.