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1. Careless Review and screening of material by a paralegal may result in:
a. A serious breach of ethics
b. The unethical manufacturing of evidence
c. Revelation of a clients secrets
d. All of the above
e. A and C only

2. Depositions vary from the scope most other discovery devices because:
a. They are not limited to the other party
b. They are not limited by relevancy
c. They may provide access to documents
d. They are not limited by privilege

3. Which of the following is not a typical objective for the screening of the client files after they are pulled for a document production.
a. To identify those documents that are responsive to each particular request for production.
b. To number those documents, if so directed, for easy identification.
c. To identify those documents that are privileged or sensitive to avoid disclosure of that information.
d. To identify those documents that need to be shredded because of their harmful effect.

4. Of the following, what should NOT happen at the examination of the documents?
a. A copy of each document chosen by the opponent should be made
b. A copy of each privileged document chosen by the opponent should be made
c. An index of chosen documents should be made
d. The documents to be examined should be arranged according to the opponents request

5. If the documents are properly indentified and indexed, what minimum information is needed to locate them.
a. Date of document
b. Author of document
c. Number of Document
d. The issue it pertains to
e. Any of the Above

6. Of the following which is not true?
A. The name given to the application of computer to document production in "computerized litigation support"
B. Computers reduce the workload at the retrieval stage
C. Computers reduce the workload t the earliest stages of document production
D. Computers are useful now for a greater range of cases than just the most voluminous

7. Because searches in full text support system are done by key words:
a. It is important to standardize key terms in the documents
b. Standardization is unimportant
c. Standardization is often suggested but is too cumbersome

8. Subpoenas are necessary:
a. To accompany a complaint in Federal Court
b. To depose a party
c. To accompany a petition in state court
d. To compel a party to answer interrogatories
e. To bring a non-party witness under the jurisdiction of the court to testify

9. A trial book is best used:
a. Only as a tool during trial
b. From the beginning of the case
c. Only in small cases
d. By the attorney

10. A knowledge of the type of audio visual aids available and how to prepare or acquire them is important because:
a. One type of aid may be more effective way to present material than another
b. Cost for various types of aids are about the same
c. They can substantially enhance learning and retention
d. They can be use to convey complex data or relationships in a manner quickly grasped by the juror
e. A, c, d

11. Diagrams for purely illustrative purposes:
a. Must be draw to scale
b. Need not be draw to scale but must be a fair representation of what is depicted
c. Are generally admissible as evidence

12. In preparing a diagram or chart for use in court, it is important to remember.
a. That horizontal wording big enough to see from a distance is best
b. That a paralegal without artistic ability should not attempt such a task
c. That the more complex the diagram, the more help it is
d. That vertical wording breaks monotony of a diagram and should be used often.

13. A trial notebook:
a. Is a brief of legal authority needed at trial
b. Consists of most things an attorney will need at trial
c. Is used for cross examination only
d. Results in better trial preparation and performance
e. B and D

14. Which of the following should a paralegal avoid when preparing a client or witness for trial?
a. Taking the witness to the courtroom
b. Encouraging the witness, building his or her confidence
c. Talking directly to the witness
d. Paying the witness a mileage fee
e. Telling the expert to impress the jury with his or her knowledge of the specific terminology in the field

15. The paralegal can assist in the selection of jurors at trial by:
A. recording valuable information about each juror on the jury panel chart
B. Asking questions of the jurors
C. Making numerous judgments based on body language
D. A and C only

16. A "document types" taxonomy is important because:
a. It standardizes the document types
b. The software won't work without it
c. It makes the search easier
d. A and C only

17. The most important objective of voir dire is:
a. To try to find out what the juror's beliefs are
b. To find out if the juror is capable or rendering an impartial and fair verdict
c. To find out if the juror has had enough education to serve as a juror
d. All of the above

18. A bates Stamp:
a. What the docket clerk stamps the document with
b. The machine used to number document productions
c. A "received" stamp
d. An automatic stapler

19. Which of the following is not a valid objection to an interrogatory?
a. Privileged
b. Irrelevant
c. Burdensome
d. Unintelligible
e. None of the above

20. A "Smoking Gun" is:
a. A motion for summary judgment
b. A vitally important document in a case
c. A piece of evidence in a criminal trial
d. None of the above

21. The term "coding a document' means:
a. Summarize the subjective contents
b. Pull out the objective information
c. Numbering the document
d. None of the above

22. The term "abstracting a document" means:
a. To draw a diagram
b. Summarizing the subjective contents
c. Pulling out the objective information
d. None of the above

23. A retrieval field:
a. Is the most integral part of database design
b. Is a word processing term
c. Is a specialty of law
d. None of the above

24. A taxonomy is:
a. A type of index
b. A type of chronology
c. A type of definition of terms
d. All of the above

25. If admissions are not answered within 30 days:
a. They are deemed admitted
b. The judge dismisses the case
c. An extension is automatically granted
d. None of above

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1. Careless Review and screening of material by a paralegal may result in:
a. A serious breach of ethics
b. The unethical manufacturing of evidence
c. Revelation of a clients secrets
d. All of the above
e. A and C only

The best answer is E. It is not likely that an improper review of documents would lead to the creation of evidence.

2. Depositions vary from the scope most other discovery devices because:
a. They are not limited to the other party
b. They are not limited by relevancy
c. They may provide access to documents
d. They are not limited by privilege

This is hard to answer because it depends on what "other discovery devices" refers to. Assuming you are operating under the Federal Rules of Evidence in the USA, the other general methods are interrogatories, requests for documents, and inspections of persons, places or things, and Requests for Admissions. My recollection is that you may only ask a party to answe interrogatories, requests for documents and requests for Admissions. (See FRCP 30, 33, and 34). Privilege is a defense to answer a question or request so that is not it. None of them are limited by relevancy to that extent that the question or request must be reasonably calculated TO LEAD to discoverable material (which hopefully will lead to relevant things). A request for documents may provide access to documents, so that is not it. I conclude it must therefore be A. Depositions can be taken by almost anyone by subpoena power.

3. Which of the following is not a typical objective for the screening of the client files after they are pulled for a document production.
a. To identify those documents that are responsive to each particular request for production.
b. To number those documents, if so directed, for easy identification.
c. To identify those documents that are privileged or sensitive to avoid disclosure of that information.
d. To identify those documents that need to be shredded because of their harmful effect.

D is the easy answer. There is an affirmative duty to not destroy evidence even if it is harmful to you.

4. Of the following, what should NOT happen at the examination of the documents?
a. A copy of each document chosen by the opponent should be made
b. A copy of each privileged ...

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