AP Government Ch. 11

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Chapter 11 of our ongoing series on Advanced Placement Government studies deals with a number of different topics such as lawmaking bodies, Senate, conservative democrats, the House of Reps, legislators, congressional committees and more! Take the AP Government Ch. 11 quiz to see how much you know about it all!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A lawmaking body made up of two chambers or parts
  • 2. 
    An attempt to defeat a bill in the Senate by talking indefinitely, preventing the Senate from voting
  • 3. 
    Districts in which candidates elected win in close elections, typically with less than 55% of the vote
  • 4. 
    An alliance between Republicans and conservative democrats
  • 5. 
    The legislative leader elected by party members holding the majority of seats in the House of Reps. or the Senate
  • 6. 
    The legislative leader elected by the minority party in the House of Reps. or the Senate
  • 7. 
    Senator or representative who helps the party leader stay informed about what party members are thinking, rounds up members when important votes are to be taken, and attempts to keep a nose count on how the voting on controversial issues is likely to go
  • 8. 
    A vote in which a majority of Democratic legislators oppose a majority of Republican legislators
  • 9. 
    Legislative committees that consider and are responsible for legislation within a certain subject area
  • 10. 
    Congressional committee appointed for a limited time and purpose
  • 11. 
    Committees on which both representatives and senators serve
  • 12. 
    1. committee made up of representatives and senators appointed to resolve differences in the Senate and House versions of the same piece of legislation
  • 13. 
    A bill that deals with matters of general concern
  • 14. 
    A bill that deals with only specific, private, personal, or local matters rather than with general legiclative affairs
  • 15. 
    1. an expression of opinion either in the House or the Senate to settle housekeeping or procedural matters in either body
  • 16. 
    An expression of opinion without the force of law that requires the approval of both the House and Senate but not the president
  • 17. 
    1. congressional process where a bill may be referred to several committees that consider it simultaneously in whole or in part
  • 18. 
    A congressional process where a Speaker may send a bill to a second committee after the first is finished acting
  • 19. 
    1. a device by which any member of the House (after a committee has had a bill for 30 days) may petition to have it brought to the floor-if a majority agree, the bill is discharged from committee-designed to prevent a committee from killing a bill by holding it for too long
  • 20. 
    An order from the House Rules Committee that sets a time limit on debate and forbids a particular bill from being amended on the floor
  • 21. 
    1. an order from the House Rules Committee that permits a bill to be amended on the floor
  • 22. 
    1. an order from the House Rules Committee that permits certain kinds of amendments but not others to be made into a bill on the legislative floor
  • 23. 
    An amendment unrelated to a bill that is added to a bill so that it will ride to passage through Congress
  • 24. 
    A bill with a lot of riders
  • 25. 
    A calling of the roll in either house of Congress to see whether the number of reps in attendance meets the quorum
  • 26. 
    The minimum number of members who must be present for business to be conducted in Congress
  • 27. 
    A rule used by the Senate to end or limit debate-designed to prevent a filibuster
  • 28. 
    1. a procedure to keep the Senate going during a filibuster in which the disputed bill is shelved temporarily so the Senate can get on with business
  • 29. 
    A congressional voting procedure in which members shout yea or nay to vote
  • 30. 
    1. a congressional voting procedure in which members stand and are counted
  • 31. 
    Congressional voting procedure in which members pass between two tellers, the yeas first and then the nays
  • 32. 
    A congressional voting procedure that consists of members answering yea or nay to their names
  • 33. 
    Legislation that gives tangible benefits to constituents in several districts or states in the hope of winning their votes
  • 34. 
    The ability of members of Congress to mail letters to their constituents for free
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