SAT Subject US History Practice Question 214: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 214

15. Which important legal principle did Chief Justice John Marshall establish in Marbury v. Madison?

A. Presumption of innocence
B. Right to remain silent
C. Majority rule
D. Judicial review
E. Constitutional law

Correct Answer: D


Marshall set the precedent for judicial review by declaring the Judiciary Act of 1801 unconstitutional. That became an important judicial check on the legislative branch.

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