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Slorach et al: Legal Systems and Skills 3e

Chapter 1: Self-test questions

Instructions

Answer the following questions and then press 'Submit' to get your score.

Question 1

Which of the following activities does NOT trigger legal rights or duties?

Question 2

Which of the following academic questions is NOT also a legal question?

Question 3

Which of the following statements is TRUE?

Question 4

Which of the following is not (in the UK) prohibited?

Question 5

Which of the following is NOT an example of a 'Duty theory' principle?

Question 6

Read the following quote from a famous legal theorist. What sort of statement is it? "When … the step from pre-legal into the legal world is taken, so that the means of social control now includes a system of rules containing rules of recognitions, adjudication and change, this contrast between legal and other rules hardens into something definite" To which of the following jurisprudential traditions does the statement belong?

Question 7

In the case of Stilk v Myrick [1809] EWHC KB J58, the claimant was a sailor contracted to sail from London to the Baltic and back. A quarter of the crew deserted so the captain agreed to split their wages between the remaining crew in return for their completing the voyage. On their return to London the captain refused to pay the remaining sailors on the grounds that they were merely doing what they were contracted to do in the first place, so the original contract had not been validly varied. One interpretation is that this reflected no great moral imperative or legal logic, but that it just reflected the prevailing pro-mercantile political climate in the UK at the time. From what legal tradition would this interpretation derive its strength?

Question 8

Imagine a country, XLand, where the following events occur:
1800 - Revolution; republic created - Constitution A passed.
1850 - Case W v X on deceit establishes clear legal principle.
1900 - Revolution: constitutional monarchy established- Constitution B passed.
1950 - Case Y v Z on deceit confirms that under constitution B Case W v X remains good law.
Which of the following is the grundnorm in respect of the law of deceit in XLand?

Question 9

Which of the following institutions shares sovereignty in the UK?

Question 10

Imagine a fictional state, YLand, where its institutions have the following powers:
The Government of YLand which is in charge of putting laws into effect using the organs of state, like the YLand police.
The Ystag initiates and passes legislation and has a committee which operates as a court in certain matters.
The YLand Constitutional Court is the final court of appeal on public and constitutional matters and publishes binding case law. There is also a supreme court that deals with all other legal matters and published binding case law.
The Lord Protector of YLand who signs all primary legislation into law.
Which of the institutions does NOT have legislative powers?