Here’s some examples of the comparison tables and multiple choice questions you might see on the AP Government exam:
- Which of the following is an accurate comparison of U.S District Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court?
|U.S. District Courts||U.S. Supreme Court|
|(A)||Typically have jurisdiction over violent crimes, like murder, rape, or armed robbery||Hears trials involving the death penalty|
|(B)||Hold trials involving federal crimes and high-dollar disputes between citizens from different states||Is a nine-judge panel with both original and appellate jurisdiction|
|(C)||Can take cases appealed from state courts||Can hear cases involving federal law, but not state law|
|(D)||Are served by judges elected by the people||Has justices serving life terms|
2. Which of the following is an accurate comparison of civil and criminal courts?
|Civil Courts||Criminal Courts|
|(A)||Rulings are final and cannot be appealed||Try felonies, not misdemeanors|
|(B)||Do not have juries or jury trials||Can be appealed if a “not guilty” verdict is delivered at trial|
|(C)||Hear lawsuits where plaintiffs seek a recovery of damages||Require a verdict of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to convict a defendant|
|(D)||Are in the federal judicial system, not the state judicial systems||Hold trials where the government charges accused criminals|