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Legislative Branch Refresher

Quiz by Derrick Allen

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  • Q1
    Why did the Framers of the Constitution create a bicameral Congress?
    to provide for three branches of Congress
    to provide for representation by population in the Senate
    to settle a conflict during the Constitutional Convention
    to provide for four branches of Congress
  • Q2
    In which house of Congress does each state have the same number of votes, no matter how large or small its population?
    the House of Representatives
    the Senate
    each Senate committee
    each state district
  • Q3
    Which part of the Senate is up for election at any one time?
  • Q4
    What was the goal of the Framers of the Constitution when they created a bicameral Congress?
    The two houses would check one another.
    All states would have the same number of representatives in Congress.
    A unicameral Congress would have been unconstitutional.
    Congress would become more powerful than the other branches.
  • Q5
    Seats in the House of Representatives are reapportioned every ten years. What government document is used to determine how many seats a state will receive?
    the census
    the U.S. Constitution
    Wesberry vs. Sanders
    The Reapportionment Act of 1929
  • Q6
    Why is the Senate called a “continuous body”?
    There is no limit on the number of terms a senator may serve.
    The Senate never adjourns.
    The Senate never takes recesses.
    All of its seats are never up for election at the same time.
  • Q7
    Sometimes, members of Congress vote to reflect what the majority of their constituents think about an issue. Which word describes this voting strategy?
  • Q8
    A President may call Congress into special session
    in order to force a vote on a presidential proposal.
    to deal with an emergency situation.
    when the two houses cannot agree on a date for adjournment.
    only once in a calendar year.
  • Q9
    A member of the House must be at least
    30 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.
    25 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.
    25 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least nine years.
    30 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least nine years.
  • Q10
    Until 1913, senators were chosen by
    their State's governor
    all voters in their State
    their State's legislature
    their State's single-member districts
  • Q11
    Due to the length of their terms, House members may be more likely to
    get more media coverage
    listen to constituents' views
    vote as trustees
    focus mainly on national concerns
  • Q12
    What is the total number of members of Congress?
  • Q13
    What does the Necessary and Proper Clause give to Congress?
    a list of formal procedures
    the commerce powers
    the power to tax
    a basis for implied powers
  • Q14
    What must happen before a bill can be sent to the President for approval?
    It must pass both houses in identical form
    It must be sent to a conference committee
    It must be approved by a majority of voters
    It must be set aside for at least 60 days
  • Q15
    Once a bill goes to committee, the congressional committee has the power to do three things. What are these three things?
    veto it, send it back, send it to the other house
    “kill”/reject it, pigeon hole it, amend it/”mark-up”
    debate it, pigeonhole it, sign it
    “kill”/ reject it, pocket veto for 10 days, send it back to the next house

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