AP Government ChAPters 12 & 13

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  • 1. 
    How many senators are elected from each state?
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Four

    • D. 

      It depends on the state's population

    • E. 

      The same number as it has electors in the Electoral College

  • 2. 
    The pork barrel and casework are examples of
    • A. 

      Congressional continuity.

    • B. 

      Descriptive representation.

    • C. 

      Position taking.

    • D. 

      Advertising techniques.

    • E. 

      Opportunities for credit claiming by members of Congress.

  • 3. 
    According to the Constitution, once impeached, federal officials are then tried in the
    • A. 

      House.

    • B. 

      United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

    • C. 

      Supreme Court.

    • D. 

      Senate.

    • E. 

      Department of Justice.

  • 4. 
    The principal leader of the minority party in the House or in the Senate is called the
    • A. 

      President pro tempore.

    • B. 

      Minority leader.

    • C. 

      Vice president.

    • D. 

      Majority leader.

    • E. 

      Speaker.

  • 5. 
    Only _______ can formally submit a bill for congressional consideration.
    • A. 

      Members of the House

    • B. 

      The Speaker of the House

    • C. 

      Members of the House or Senators

    • D. 

      The president

    • E. 

      Senators

  • 6. 
    A proposed law, drafted in legal language is called a(n)
    • A. 

      Opinion.

    • B. 

      Bill.

    • C. 

      Committee report.

    • D. 

      Statute.

    • E. 

      Caucus.

  • 7. 
    In contrasts to the trustee model of representation, the _______ model of representation is based on legislators mirroring the preferences of their constituents.
    • A. 

      Burkean

    • B. 

      Uninstructed delegates

    • C. 

      Instructed delegates

    • D. 

      Pollster

    • E. 

      Politico

  • 8. 
    Most of the business of Congress takes place
    • A. 

      During evening social functions.

    • B. 

      In the Rules Committee.

    • C. 

      On the floor of the House and Senate.

    • D. 

      In congressional districts.

    • E. 

      In committees and subcommittees.

  • 9. 
    Appropriations, Judiciary, and Armed Services are all examples of _______ committees.
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Rule

    • C. 

      Joint

    • D. 

      Select

    • E. 

      Conference

  • 10. 
    ________ committees draw their membership from both the Senate and the House.
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Conference

    • C. 

      Select

    • D. 

      Ad-hoc

    • E. 

      Joint

  • 11. 
    When the House and the Senate pass different versions of the same bill
    • A. 

      A joint committee is appointed to resolve differences.

    • B. 

      The House bill is changed to conform with the Senate bill.

    • C. 

      The president may select which bill to enact into law.

    • D. 

      The Senate bill is changed to conform with the House bill.

    • E. 

      A conference committee is appointed to resolve differences.

  • 12. 
    Legislative _______ is the process of monitoring the bureaucracy and its administration of policy.
    • A. 

      Stonewalling

    • B. 

      Oversight

    • C. 

      Franking

    • D. 

      Supremacy

    • E. 

      Overview

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is unique to the Senate?
    • A. 

      Committee leaders

    • B. 

      Majority leader

    • C. 

      Congressional caucus

    • D. 

      Seniority system

    • E. 

      The filibuster

  • 14. 
    The procedure used to cut off debate and end a filibuster is known as
    • A. 

      Franking.

    • B. 

      Overriding.

    • C. 

      Cloture.

    • D. 

      Coattails.

    • E. 

      Hushing.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following does the Speaker of the House NOT play a role in?
    • A. 

      Presiding over the House when it is in session.

    • B. 

      Appointing the party's legislative leaders.

    • C. 

      Assigning most bills to committees.

    • D. 

      Recommending which members should be expelled from the House for failure to support the party's positions on bills.

    • E. 

      Making committee assignments.

  • 16. 
    The most powerful person in the Senate is the
    • A. 

      Majority leader.

    • B. 

      Chair of the Rules committee.

    • C. 

      President of the United States.

    • D. 

      Vice president of the United States, who serves as president of the Senate.

    • E. 

      Speaker.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following statements about PACs is TRUE?
    • A. 

      PAC expenditures are limited to $5,000 per candidate.

    • B. 

      Most PAC money is given to incumbents.

    • C. 

      PACs seek access to policymakers.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 18. 
    Party loyalty at the voting booth is
    • A. 

      Still a good predictor of voting behavior.

    • B. 

      Greater among Democrats than among Republicans.

    • C. 

      No longer a good indication of voting behavior.

    • D. 

      Almost nonexistent today.

    • E. 

      Stronger than it was a generation ago.

  • 19. 
    A legislature divided into two houses is called a _______ legislature.
    • A. 

      Unicameral

    • B. 

      Double

    • C. 

      Bicameral

    • D. 

      Dual

    • E. 

      Divided

  • 20. 
    After each federal census,
    • A. 

      The office of the Speaker of the House changes hands.

    • B. 

      The Senate reapportions its membership.

    • C. 

      The membership of the House is reapportioned.

    • D. 

      The size of Congress increases.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 21. 
    Which of the following is TRUE of the Senate as compared to the House?
    • A. 

      In the Senate, seniority is important in determining power.

    • B. 

      The Senate is more influential on the budget.

    • C. 

      The Senate is smaller in number, and less powerful and less prestigious.

    • D. 

      The Senate is more influential in foreign matters.

    • E. 

      The Senate is more centralized and is characterized by stronger leadership.

  • 22. 
    Nominees to the United States Supreme Court must be confirmed by
    • A. 

      Either the House or the Senate.

    • B. 

      Both the House and the Senate.

    • C. 

      The House.

    • D. 

      The Senate.

    • E. 

      The president.

  • 23. 
    The incomes and occupations of members of Congress
    • A. 

      Places over 90 percent of them in the millionaire businessperson class.

    • B. 

      Would, for the most part, make them members of the elite in American society.

    • C. 

      Have no real impact on public policymaking.

    • D. 

      Are very close to the average found among their constituency.

    • E. 

      Typically reflect the pluralistic nature of American society.

  • 24. 
    What is descriptive representation?
    • A. 

      Representing issues affecting the poor when the representative is extremely wealthy.

    • B. 

      Representing the interest of groups.

    • C. 

      When members of Congress have not lived in their home district very long.

    • D. 

      When members of Congress serve on committees.

    • E. 

      Representing constituents by mirroring their personal, politically relevant characteristics.

  • 25. 
    Women occupied ______ percent of the seats in the 110th Congress.
    • A. 

      20

    • B. 

      40

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      16

    • E. 

      5

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