AP Review Quiz Chapter 11

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Review Quiz on Institutions - Congress


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  • 1. 
    In Great Britain's Parliamentary system, candidates for Parliament are selected by
    • A. 

      Other members of Parliament, as in a private club.

    • B. 

      The people, through primary elections.

    • C. 

      Delegates to the party conventions.

    • D. 

      The party.

    • E. 

      The Prime Minister.

  • 2. 
    A basic difference between a parliament such as Great Britain's and the U.S. Congress is that
    • A. 

      The principal role of Congress is to debate the national issues.

    • B. 

      Members of Parliament have more power and higher pay.

    • C. 

      Members of Congress are more likely to vote the party line.

    • D. 

      Congress does not select a president.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 3. 
    Each of the following was an objective of the Framers EXCEPT
    • A. 

      To make Congress accountable to the executive.

    • B. 

      To oppose concentration of power in a single institution.

    • C. 

      To balance large and small states.

    • D. 

      To have Congress be the dominant institution.

    • E. 

      C & D

  • 4. 
    Under the original Constitution, members of the Senate, unlike the members of the House, were selected by
    • A. 

      Direct elections.

    • B. 

      The president.

    • C. 

      State legislatures.

    • D. 

      Primary runoffs.

    • E. 

      Regional coalitions.

  • 5. 
    Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution confers on Congress all of the following powers EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The power to collect taxes.

    • B. 

      The power to declare war.

    • C. 

      The power to establish courts.

    • D. 

      The power to interpret laws.

    • E. 

      The power to regulate Congress.

  • 6. 
    The Senate, not the House, became the crucial form for debating the issue of slavery because
    • A. 

      The Senate has no rule limiting debate.

    • B. 

      The House at that time was dominated by the executive branch.

    • C. 

      The Senate had the larger black representation.

    • D. 

      House representatives were picked by the state legislatures.

    • E. 

      The House was too decentralized.

  • 7. 
    For a filibuster to be practicable, it must be supported by
    • A. 

      A single senator.

    • B. 

      A number of senators smaller than a majority.

    • C. 

      A majority of senators.

    • D. 

      All senators.

    • E. 

      All senators and the vice-president.

  • 8. 
    The typical member of Congress is a(n)
    • A. 

      Middle-aged, white, Protestant businessman.

    • B. 

      Older, white, Protestant businessman.

    • C. 

      Older, white, Catholic Lawyer.

    • D. 

      Middle-aged, white, Protestant lawyer.

    • E. 

      Young, white, communications major.

  • 9. 
    A marginal district is one in which
    • A. 

      Voters frequently change party affiliation.

    • B. 

      The constituency is made up of largely minority groups.

    • C. 

      Voters are not clear as to which candidate is the incumbent.

    • D. 

      Gerrymandering has produced a loose affiliation of interest groups.

    • E. 

      The winner in an election gets less than 55 percent of the vote.

  • 10. 
    The reason a member of Congress votes for or against a bill or amendment may be any of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Representational.

    • B. 

      Conventional.

    • C. 

      Organizational.

    • D. 

      Attitudinal.

    • E. 

      Relational.

  • 11. 
    As a member of Congress, you vote for a dairy-support bill because this is your party's positon. Political scientists would describe your vote as
    • A. 

      Attitudinal.

    • B. 

      Organizational.

    • C. 

      Representational.

    • D. 

      Deliberative.

    • E. 

      Relational.

  • 12. 
    If you wished to study the real leadership office in the Senate, you would most likely focus on the
    • A. 

      President pro tempore

    • B. 

      Majority leader

    • C. 

      Party whip

    • D. 

      Chairperson of the Policy Committee

    • E. 

      Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee

  • 13. 
    From the standpoint of the ambitions of a newly elected Democratic Senator, the most important element in party organization is the 
    • A. 

      Steering Committee.

    • B. 

      Party whip.

    • C. 

      Foreign Relations Committee.

    • D. 

      President pro tempore.

    • E. 

      Sub-committee chairpersons.

  • 14. 
    Among the many powers of the House Speaker is that he or she
    • A. 

      Decides to which committee bills will go

    • B. 

      Assigns party members to the various committees.

    • C. 

      Keeps party leaders informed about the opinions of their party members.

    • D. 

      Schedules legislation.

    • E. 

      Takes the meeting minutes.

  • 15. 
    The Congressional Black Caucus is one of the best known
    • A. 

      National constituency caucuses.

    • B. 

      Interest groups.

    • C. 

      State delegations.

    • D. 

      Specialized caucuses.

    • E. 

      Auxiliary caucuses.

  • 16. 
    Where is the real work of Congress done?
    • A. 

      On the House floor.

    • B. 

      On the Senate floor.

    • C. 

      In the caucuses.

    • D. 

      In floor sessions in both houses.

    • E. 

      In the committees in both houses.

  • 17. 
    The type of committee MOST likely to deal with a bill near the end of the legislative process is the
    • A. 

      Standing committee.

    • B. 

      Select committee.

    • C. 

      Conference committee.

    • D. 

      Joint committee.

    • E. 

      Special committee

  • 18. 
    If you work on the staff of a member of Congress, you are MOST likely to
    • A. 

      Become an advocate of bills that are clearly in the public interest.

    • B. 

      See the public interest through the eyes of your employer.

    • C. 

      Remain objective about the bills that are supported by your employer.

    • D. 

      Be an independent thinker.

    • E. 

      Be a Libertarian.

  • 19. 
    The staff agency that advises Congress on the probable economic effect of different spending programs and the cost of proposed policies is the
    • A. 

      Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

    • B. 

      General Accounting Office (GAO)

    • C. 

      Congressional Research Service (CRS)

    • D. 

      Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)

    • E. 

      Congressional Research Fund (CRF)

  • 20. 
    A bill can be introduced in Congress by
    • A. 

      Any member of the majority party.

    • B. 

      Any member of Congress.

    • C. 

      Any member of Congress or the President.

    • D. 

      Members of the relevant committee only.

    • E. 

      Committee chairman only.

  • 21. 
    To propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Congress would have to pass a
    • A. 

      Joint resolution

    • B. 

      Concurrent resolution

    • C. 

      Simple resolution

    • D. 

      Bill

    • E. 

      Bypass resolution

  • 22. 
    Which of the following statements about revenue bills is correct?
    • A. 

      They must originate in the House.

    • B. 

      They must originate in the Senate.

    • C. 

      They must originate with the president.

    • D. 

      They must originate in either the House or the Senate.

    • E. 

      They must originate in the Senate Finance Committee.

  • 23. 
    A bill to raise taxes would be first referred to the 
    • A. 

      House Ways & Means Committee.

    • B. 

      Senate Appropriations Committee.

    • C. 

      House Appropriations Committee.

    • D. 

      Congressional Budget Office.

    • E. 

      Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • 24. 
    A mark-up session is one in which
    • A. 

      A committee or subcommittee makes changes in the original version of the bill.

    • B. 

      The party leadership assigns priority ratings to numerous bills.

    • C. 

      The Rules Committee determines the conditions under which floor debate will be conducted.

    • D. 

      A conference committee makes key compromises before reporting back to both houses.

    • E. 

      Committee chairman meet to discuss the role of discussion for revenue bills.

  • 25. 
    A discharge petition is used by the House to
    • A. 

      Make revisions and additions to a bill before it is voted on.

    • B. 

      Get a bill stalled in committee onto the floor.

    • C. 

      Amend a bill that has already passed one house but not the other.

    • D. 

      Override a presidential veto.

    • E. 

      Amend a bill in a manner that will make it quite unpopular.

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