SAT Subject US History Practice Question 298: Answer and Explanation
9. Which major legal precedent was established in the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison?
A. An accused person would be presumed innocent until proved guilty.
B. The United Sates would fight in the defense of any Latin American nation being attacked or invaded by an outside power.
C. A president would not be allowed to declare war on a foreign nation without the consent of Congress.
D. The Supreme Court would have the right to decide whether a law was constitutional and to strike it down if it was not.
E. Any person accused of a crime would have the right to refuse to testify in court.
Correct Answer: D
The principle of judicial review is not specified in the Constitution but has held since Marbury v. Madison set the precedent in 1803.