American Government Exam 1

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American Government Exam 1

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The U.S. House of Representatives consists of ___ members.
    • A. 

      335

    • B. 

      435

    • C. 

      535

    • D. 

      635

  • 2. 
    California has ___ members in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      24

    • C. 

      42

    • D. 

      53

  • 3. 
    Each member of the House is elected by voters throughout a state.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    A U.S. Representative serves a term of ___ years and a U.S. Senator serves a term of ___ years.
    • A. 

      2; 4

    • B. 

      4; 6

    • C. 

      2; 6

    • D. 

      4; 8

  • 5. 
    Congressional elections are held every two years.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Members of the House and Senate are constitutionally limited in the number of terms they can serve.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    In recent elections, roughly ___ percent of House members seeking another term have been reelected.
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      75

    • C. 

      85

    • D. 

      95

  • 8. 
    After every decennial population census, the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives allocated to each state is refigured to take account of population changes. This process is known as
    • A. 

      Redistricting.

    • B. 

      Reapportionment.

    • C. 

      Gerrymandering.

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    The responsibility for drawing congressional districts is given to
    • A. 

      The President.

    • B. 

      Congress.

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court.

    • D. 

      The state legislatures.

  • 10. 
    The process by which politicians of one political party draw legislative district boundaries to their party’s advantage is called
    • A. 

      Redistricting

    • B. 

      Reapportionment

    • C. 

      Gerrymandering

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 11. 
    Women account for about ___ percent of the members of the U.S. Congress.
    • A. 

      40

    • B. 

      30

    • C. 

      25

    • D. 

      15

  • 12. 
    Which of the following is not a major function of Congress?
    • A. 

      Lawmaking

    • B. 

      Representation

    • C. 

      Oversight

    • D. 

      Implementation

  • 13. 
    A congressional bill cannot become law without the President’s approval.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    The President’s powers are found in Article ___ of the Constitution.
    • A. 

      I

    • B. 

      II

    • C. 

      III

    • D. 

      IV

  • 15. 
    Given the scope of the President’s power over domestic affairs, it is accurate to say that the President runs the country and controls the economy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    The President’s Cabinet includes the heads of the 15 executive departments and thus includes, among others, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Attorney General.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    An irony of the presidency is that Presidents are usually most powerful in their first year of office, when they are least knowledgeable.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    The ___ theory of the presidency holds that the President can do whatever the needs of the public demand, unless the Constitution or laws expressly forbid it.
    • A. 

      Whig

    • B. 

      Stewardship

    • C. 

      Representation

    • D. 

      Delegate

  • 19. 
    The federal bureaucracy is accountable only to the President, who, as the head of the executive branch, exercises exclusive oversight of it.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    A federal agency’s power to make regulations is derived from
    • A. 

      A delegation of executive power from the president.

    • B. 

      Article II of the Constitution.

    • C. 

      A delegation of legislative power from Congress.

    • D. 

      Article III of the Constitution.

  • 21. 
    Federal judges serve lifetime appointments.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    The Constitution specifies that federal judges must be U.S. citizens and trained in the law.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    More than 95 percent of the nation’s legal cases are decided in state courts.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    The doctrine of judicial activism holds that the judiciary should be highly respectful of precedent and should defer to the judgments of legislatures.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    The U.S. Constitution prescribes that the U.S. Supreme Court shall consist of 9 Justices.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 26. 
    Supreme Court Justices are sometimes influenced in their decision-making by non-legal factors like public opinion and their own ideological views.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 27. 
    A Supreme Court Justice cannot be removed from the Court for insanity.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 28. 
    The Supreme Court is empowered to decide cases and controversies involving issues of federal law and to issue advisory opinions on constitutional questions to the Congress and the President.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
    The current Chief Justice of the U.S Supreme Court is
    • A. 

      Samuel Alito

    • B. 

      Antonin Scalia

    • C. 

      John Roberts

    • D. 

      Anthony Kennedy

  • 30. 
    The U.S. Supreme Court currently consists of ___ Republican appointees and ___ Democratic appointees.
    • A. 

      6; 3

    • B. 

      5; 4

    • C. 

      4; 5

    • D. 

      3; 6