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Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution: Quiz


Question 1: The first significant general challenge to ________ that reached the Supreme Court was the case of Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).
StoningCapital punishmentTortureReligion and capital punishment

Question 2: The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) to the United States Constitution is the part of the ________ which prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments.
Separation of powers under the United States ConstitutionUnited States CongressUnited States Bill of RightsUnited States Declaration of Independence

Question 3: According to the great treatise of the 1760s by William Blackstone entitled ________:
Common lawCommentaries on the Laws of EnglandLawyerProperty

Question 4: In ________, 554 U.S.
John Paul StevensClarence ThomasKennedy v. LouisianaAnthony Kennedy

Question 5: ________ changed "ought" to "shall", when he proposed the amendment to Congress in 1789.
Alexander HamiltonJames MonroeJames MadisonThomas Jefferson

Question 6: The state of Virginia adopted this provision of the English Bill of Rights in the ________ of 1776, and the Virginia convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution recommended in 1788 that this language also be included in the Constitution.
Constitution of VirginiaHistory of VirginiaColony of VirginiaVirginia Declaration of Rights

Question 7: In ________, sheriffs originally determined whether to grant bail to criminal suspects.
WalesEnglandUnited KingdomScotland

Question 8: Virginians such as ________ and Patrick Henry wanted to ensure that this restriction would also be applied as a limitation on Congress.
George MasonGeorge Mason VJohn Mason (1766–1849)George Mason III

Question 9: The "essential predicate" is "that a punishment must not by its severity be degrading to human dignity," especially ________.
Capital punishmentTortureHuman rightsSlavery

Question 10: In ________, 433 U.S. 584 (1977), the Court declared that the death penalty was unconstitutionally excessive for rape of a woman and, by implication, for any crime where a death does not occur.
Byron WhiteCoker v. GeorgiaGregg v. GeorgiaHarry Blackmun

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