A Quiz On Chapter 12 : Congress

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It’s never too late to start coming to grips with how the government running your country is handled, and today we’ll be looking at the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States, the U. S. Congress. What can you tell us about it? Take the quiz and find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In recent years, congressional tasks have become more and more difficult.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    The foremost attraction to a congressperson's job is
    • A. 

      Power

    • B. 

      Money

    • C. 

      Easy work

    • D. 

      Leisure time

  • 3. 
    Members of COngress use their virtually unlimited franking privileges to
    • A. 

      Pay staff salaries

    • B. 

      Travel to their home state.

    • C. 

      Communicate with constituents

    • D. 

      Get research services from the Library of Congress

  • 4. 
    Which of the following statements concerning members of Congress is FALSE?
    • A. 

      The dominant occupation of members of Congress is las

    • B. 

      There are no Hispanics in the Senate

    • C. 

      Proportionately, women are well represented in Congress today.

    • D. 

      Most members of Congress share the beliefs and attitudes of a large proportion of their constituents.

  • 5. 
    Most members of Congress are better at substantive representation than descriptive representation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The single most important advantage when running for Congress is being
    • A. 

      Photogenic

    • B. 

      An incumbent

    • C. 

      Better funded than the opponent

    • D. 

      A challenger

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is NOT a reason for greater competition for senatorial seats in Congress?
    • A. 

      Senators have less personal contact with their constituents.

    • B. 

      Senators have more visibility and media coverage.

    • C. 

      An entire state is usually less diverse than a single congressional district

    • D. 

      Senators tend to draw more visible challengers

  • 8. 
    Most congressional incumbents have a strong feeling of vulnerability.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Who of the following would NOT be allowed to take a seat in the Senate?
    • A. 

      Someone who was a citizen for ten years

    • B. 

      Someone who had been a resident of their state for only one year

    • C. 

      A 28 year old

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 10. 
    Incumbents do well in congressional elections because of
    • A. 

      Voter awareness of how members of Congress vote on important policy decisions

    • B. 

      Presidential coattails

    • C. 

      Favorable economic conditions

    • D. 

      Advertising, credit-claiming, and position-taking

  • 11. 
    For members of Congress, the principal goal of advertising is
    • A. 

      Raising money

    • B. 

      Convincing other members to support their positions

    • C. 

      Visibility

    • D. 

      Avoiding constituents

  • 12. 
    Issues play a greater role in House elections than in Senate elections.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is NOT an incumbency advantage?
    • A. 

      Credit-claiming

    • B. 

      Position taking on issues important to the constituency

    • C. 

      Weak opponents

    • D. 

      Scandal or a charge of corruption

  • 14. 
    Which of the following statements about POlitical Action Committees (PACs) is FALSE?
    • A. 

      PACs contribute about a one-fourth of the funds raised by candidates for Congress.

    • B. 

      PACs sometimes make contributions after the election.

    • C. 

      Challengers receive more PAC money than incumbents.

    • D. 

      PACs make contributions to candidates because they want access to policymakers.

  • 15. 
    PACs will often give money to the winning candidate even if they supported his of her opponent during the election.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Money in congressional campaigns is more important to 
    • A. 

      Incumbents

    • B. 

      Challengers

    • C. 

      Members of the House

    • D. 

      Members from safe seats

  • 17. 
    When a state loses population, reapportionment is likely to favor the state's minority party.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Safe seats in Congress make it more difficult for citizens to "send a message to Washington."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    A bicameral lefislature is one that
    • A. 

      Uses committees

    • B. 

      Has two houses

    • C. 

      Is elected

    • D. 

      Holds biannual sessions

  • 20. 
    The only state that does not have a bicameral legislature is
    • A. 

      California

    • B. 

      Texas

    • C. 

      Rhode Island

    • D. 

      Nebraska

  • 21. 
    The House of Representatives
    • A. 

      Is more centralized that the Senate

    • B. 

      Is less hierarchical than the Senate

    • C. 

      Is more likely to have party-line voting

    • D. 

      Has fewer leaders than the senate

  • 22. 
    The House Rules Committee
    • A. 

      Reviews most bills coming from a House committee

    • B. 

      Schedules bills on the calendar

    • C. 

      Allots time for debating bills

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 23. 
    Setting the legislative agenda in the Senate is the responsibility of
    • A. 

      The Rules Committee

    • B. 

      The president of the Senate

    • C. 

      Party leaders

    • D. 

      the minority leader

  • 24. 
    Which of the following statements about filibusters is FALSE?
    • A. 

      They are used in both houses.

    • B. 

      They can tie up the legislative agenda.

    • C. 

      They are used to talk a bill to death.

    • D. 

      Rules adopted over the years make it easier to close off debate.

  • 25. 
    Which of the following is NOT one of the roles of the speaker of the House?
    • A. 

      Presiding over the House when it is in session

    • B. 

      Making committee assignments and appointing leaders

    • C. 

      Serving as a vice president of the United States

    • D. 

      Influencing the assignment of bills to committees

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