Government Practice Quiz

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Government Practice Quiz 1


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  • 1. 
    As a result of 1994 Republican congressional victory, which of the following became speaker of the House?
    • A. 

      Representative Tom Delay

    • B. 

      Representative Dick Armey

    • C. 

      Representative Newt Gingrich

    • D. 

      Representative Charlie Rangel

  • 2. 
    By passing the War Powers Resolution, Congress was attempting to reassert its authority in ___________.
    • A. 

      The budgetary process

    • B. 

      Committing troops to combat overseas

    • C. 

      The domestic policy process

    • D. 

      The legislative process

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Lawmaking

    • B. 

      Declaring war

    • C. 

      Regulating the conduct of its members and punishing them b censure or explusion

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Systems maintenance

    • B. 

      The power of the purse

    • C. 

      Senatorial Courtesy

    • D. 

      The lawmaking function

  • 5. 
    The average age of members of the House of Representatives in the 109th Congress when it convened in January 2005 was _______.
    • A. 

      Thirty-five years

    • B. 

      Forty years

    • C. 

      Forty-five years

    • D. 

      Fifty-five years

  • 6. 
    More than half of the nation's population are women. What percentage of the 109th Congress were women?
    • A. 

      5%

    • B. 

      10.6%

    • C. 

      15.7%

    • D. 

      About 25%

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      20

    • B. 

      35

    • C. 

      38

    • D. 

      42

  • 8. 
    A presentative whose vote automatically mirrors the will of a majority of her/his constituents is acting as ___________.
    • A. 

      An instructed delegate

    • B. 

      A trustee

    • C. 

      A Burkean disciple

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      The position of speaker is provided for by the Constitution

    • B. 

      The speaker has the power to preside over the House

    • C. 

      The speaker has the power to recognize or ignore members who wish to speak

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      President pro tempore of the Senate

    • B. 

      Speaker of the Senate

    • C. 

      Senate majority leader

    • D. 

      Senate whip

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      Rules Committee

    • B. 

      Ways and Means Committee

    • C. 

      Foreign Relations Committee

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    If a bill is passed by both houses but is not in identical languge, it is sent to which of the following in an attempt to iron out the differences?
    • A. 

      A standing committee

    • B. 

      A select committee

    • C. 

      A conference committee

    • D. 

      The president

  • 13. 
    Oklahoma Representative J.C. Watts states that a person running for elective office should be motivated for all the following reasons EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Getting involved in public service

    • B. 

      Trying to make a difference

    • C. 

      Getting elected for the salary

    • D. 

      Feeling like one can make a difference

  • 14. 
    The chair of a congressional standing committee is determined by the
    • A. 

      Speaker

    • B. 

      Majority leader

    • C. 

      Majority party

    • D. 

      Minority party

  • 15. 
    Representative Tom DeLay, the majority whip from 1995 to 2002, played two roles: one is a national role and the second is to ________
    • A. 

      Secure a leadership role

    • B. 

      Represent the people of one's district and state

    • C. 

      Earn an appointment by the major political party

    • D. 

      Influence legislation for the special interest groups

  • 16. 
    Rounding up the votes to pass the legislaton that the majority party in Congress wants is the principal job of the _________
    • A. 

      Minority whip

    • B. 

      Majority whip

    • C. 

      Committee chair

    • D. 

      Speaker

  • 17. 
    Members of the House of Representative and Senate do far more than ____________.
    • A. 

      Their counterparts in the executive branch

    • B. 

      Is expected of the judicial branch

    • C. 

      All the civil servants in the bureaucracy

    • D. 

      Make laws