SMC Business Law Sec 1059 Week 1 Ch 2 Quiz (2015)

Week 1 Chp. 2 Quiz

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Grade Details – All Questions

Question 1. Question : State appellate courts review the trial court record to determine whether the trier of fact correctly decided the facts.

Student Answer: True


Instructor Explanation: The trier of fact (jury in a jury trial or judge in a court trial) decides the facts based on its perception of the credibility of witnesses who testify. It is not the function of the appellate court to review this aspect of a trial.

Question 2. Question : Sometimes a jury will not follow the law and instead, will return a verdict based on bias, sympathy or its disapproval of the law that the court is instructing it to apply. This phenomenon is called “jury nullification.”

Student Answer: True


Question 3. Question : A request, in writing, that a party admit or deny certain statements of supposed fact is yet another form of discovery. This form of discovery is called:

Student Answer: Request for confessions

Request for concessions

Request for admissions

Request for the truth

None of the above

Question 4. Question : Assume that A sued B for breach of contract. In her answer, B alleged that she was induced to enter into the contract by A’s fraudulent statements. By alleging fraud, B has:

Student Answer: Raised an affirmative defense to the breach of contract lawsuit

Made a counterclaim against A

Denied that a contract was ever formed

None of the above

Question 5. Question : The very first pleading that is filed in a lawsuit is filed by the:

Student Answer: Plaintiff or her lawyer

Defendant or her lawyer

Judge or her clerk

None of the above

Question 6. Question : Depositions are:

Student Answer: Signed and sworn statements regarding matters of fact

Documentary evidence introduced at trial

A form of discovery involving oral testimony given by a witness who is placed under oath

Written statements made during arbitration

Question 7. Question : One difference between arbitration and mediation is that the arbitrator’s decision can be binding on the parties whereas a mediation has no binding effect at all.

Student Answer: True


Question 8. Question : A proper definition of proof by a preponderance of the evidence is:

Student Answer: The plaintiff must convince the fact finder that the existence of each factual element is more probable than its nonexistence

The plaintiff must convince the fact finder beyond a moral certainty of the existence of each factual element

The defendant must convince the fact finder beyond a reasonable doubt of the existence of each factual element

A and B

Question 9. Question : Forum selection clauses, unless shown to be unreasonable in a given set of circumstances, are generally enforced by courts. These clauses dictate where a lawsuit must be litigated.

Student Answer: True


Question 10. Question : The actual trial:

Student Answer: May occur before a judge without a jury

May occur before a jury with a judge presiding

May not necessarily result in a verdict being rendered

All of the above

Question 11. Question : One of the primary purposes of the pretrial conference – in a civil case – is:

Student Answer: For the judge to get the parties to sitpulate to certain issues to simplify the trial

For the judge to get attorneys to encourage their clients to settle the case

For the judge to get the defendant to plead guilty to the crime

Both A and B

Question 12. Question : Both the Complaint and Answer are filed with the court. These documents state the respective claims of the parties and are called:

Student Answer: Interrogatories




None of the above

Question 13. Question : In any lawsuit, a factual dispute between the litigants will:

Student Answer: Always exist

Never exist

Sometimes exist

None of the above

Question 14. Question : A motion for a new trial:

Student Answer: Occurs after an unfavorable judgment or jury verdict

Is made by the party against whom the judgment or verdict was handed down

Will result in a new trial if the moving party prevails

All of the above

Question 15. Question : Plaintiff and Defendant were classmates who sat next to each other. Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against Defendant alleging that Defendant had “offensive and bad breath” and that the condition polluted the classroom environment making it difficult to concentrate and learn. Plaintiff’s cause of action is a valid one and will withstand a demurrer.

Student Answer: True


Question 16. Question : Which of the following comes earliest in the course of a civil lawsuit?

Student Answer: The motion for summary judgment

The motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict

The motion for a directed verdict

The motion for a new trial

Question 17. Question : Interrogatories are a form of discovery requiring a party (either the plaintiff or defendant) to file written answers – under penalty of perjury – to questions submitted to him.

Student Answer: True


Question 18. Question : Which of the underlying motions, if any, is made at trial and if successful basically “takes the case away from the jury” and results in the judge deciding the case?

Student Answer: A motion to dismiss

A motion for a new trial

A motion for summary judgment

A motion for a directed verdict

None of the above

Question 19. Question : By filing a Demurrer with the court, the filing party is essentially contending that the plaintiff’s claim has no legal merit even if all of the allegations contained in the complaint are true.

Student Answer: True


Question 20. Question : Appellate courts generally determine two things: If the trial judge correctly applied the law, and if the jury was correct in believing the witnesses who testified.

Student Answer: True


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