Test Your Knowledge Of The British Parliament

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  • 1. 

    Which two bodies form the British Parliament?

    • A.

      The Senate and the House of Representatives

    • B.

      The House of Lords and the House of Commons

    • C.

      The Legislative and Executive branches

    • D.

      The House of Commoners and the House of Knights

    • E.

      The House of Burgesses and the King

    Correct Answer
    B. The House of Lords and the House of Commons
    Explanation
    The British Parliament is made up of The House of Lords and The House of Commons. The two houses were created to check and balance each other and to make sure that the monarch didn’t gain too much power.

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  • 2. 

    The first Parliament was called together in:

    • A.

      1430

    • B.

      1365

    • C.

      1260

    • D.

      1265

    Correct Answer
    D. 1265
    Explanation
    In 1265, the first Parliament called together during the reign of King Henry III. Simon de Montfort called together a group of his supporters including knights, bishops, archbishops and burgesses. He was rebelling against King Henry III, and called together this group without permission from the King. However, the bicameral Parliament wasn’t put in place formally until the 14th century.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the two bodies is considered the “upper chamber”?

    • A.

      The House of Lords

    • B.

      The House of Knights

    • C.

      The House of Commons

    • D.

      The House of Burgesses

    • E.

      The Senate

    Correct Answer
    A. The House of Lords
    Explanation
    The House of Lords is considered the upper chamber, and is made up of hereditary lords (known as peers and peeresses) who hold their position for their life time. Also, two archbishops and 24 senior bishops from the Church of England sit in the House of Lords.

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  • 4. 

    The main responsibility of the “lower chamber” is:

    • A.

      To create bills

    • B.

      To advise the King on which bills to pass

    • C.

      To vote on legislation

    • D.

      The lower chamber has no real power

    • E.

      Holding the power to dissolve the government

    Correct Answer
    C. To vote on legislation
    Explanation
    The main responsibility of the lower chamber, the House of Commons, is to pass legislation. Because the House of Lords only has suspension powers, the House of Commons holds all of the legislative power.

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  • 5. 

    The main responsibility of the upper chamber is:  

    • A.

      To create bills

    • B.

      To vote on legislation

    • C.

      The upper chamber has no real power except to suspend bills passed in the lower chamber

    • D.

      To decide the fate of criminals

    • E.

      To regulate taxes

    Correct Answer
    C. The upper chamber has no real power except to suspend bills passed in the lower chamber
    Explanation
    Today the upper chamber, the House of Lords, has no real power. They can suspend bills passed in the lower chamber for up to one year, but cannot prevent it from passing. The upper chamber is the highest court of appeals in criminal cases, but this is not the main purpose of the House of Lords.

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  • 6. 

    How long is one term in the lower chamber of the Parliament?  

    • A.

      4 years

    • B.

      3 years

    • C.

      8 years

    • D.

      2 years

    • E.

      5 years

    Correct Answer
    E. 5 years
    Explanation
    One term in the House of Commons lasts 5 years

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  • 7. 

    Who holds the power to dissolve the lower chamber?

    • A.

      The upper chamber

    • B.

      The monarch

    • C.

      The tax payers of Britain

    • D.

      No one, it cannot be dissolved

    Correct Answer
    B. The monarch
    Explanation
    The monarch holds the power to dissolve the lower chamber of the British Parliament, the House of Commons. He or she may do this before the eng of the five-year term of the House of Commons at the request of the prime minister.

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  • 8. 

    A bicameral legislature is one that:

    • A.

      Is made up of two houses

    • B.

      Has the power to pass laws

    • C.

      Contains at least 200 people

    • D.

      Contains officials elected through an electoral college

    Correct Answer
    A. Is made up of two houses
    Explanation
    The British parliament is a bicameral legislature, meaning that it is made up of two bodies. The British Parliament is made of the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

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  • 9. 

    The most beautiful women to ever set foot in Britain is

    Correct Answer
    Elizabeth Taylor
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  • 10. 

    Who is the head of the Parliament?

    • A.

      The Queen

    • B.

      The Lord Spiritual

    • C.

      The Prime Minister

    • D.

      The Speaker of the House

    Correct Answer
    A. The Queen
    Explanation
    The Queen or King is the third component of the Parliament, today the head of the Parliament is Queen Elizabeth II.

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