Quizzes About Government

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Government Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    The US House of Representatives has _______ members.
    • A. 

      638

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      435

    • D. 

      80

    • E. 

      535

  • 2. 
    The Constitution specifies that members of the House must be ______ years of age; senators must be ________ years of age.
    • A. 

      25; 35

    • B. 

      35; 45

    • C. 

      18; 25

    • D. 

      30; 50

    • E. 

      25; 30

  • 3. 
    Descriptive representation refers to
    • A. 

      Representing the interests of groups

    • B. 

      Serving constituents through pork barrel projects

    • C. 

      Representing constituents by mirroring their personal, politically relevant characteristics

    • D. 

      Living in the geographical area of one's constituents

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      PACs contribute about 1/4th of the funds raised by candidates for Congress

    • B. 

      PACs sometimes make contributions after an election

    • C. 

      Challengers receive more PAC money than incumbents

    • D. 

      PACs make contributions to candidates because they want access to policymakers

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Advertising

    • B. 

      Credit claiming

    • C. 

      Position taking

    • D. 

      Oversight

  • 6. 
    Members of Congress use their virtually unlimited franking privileges to
    • A. 

      Pay staff salaries

    • B. 

      Travel to their home states and districts

    • C. 

      Hire interns

    • D. 

      Communicate with constituents

    • E. 

      Get research services from the Library of Congress

  • 7. 
    Articles of impeachment must be passed by
    • A. 

      Either the House or the Senate

    • B. 

      Both the House and the Senate

    • C. 

      The Senate

    • D. 

      The House

    • E. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Agriculture

    • B. 

      Armed Services

    • C. 

      Judiciary

    • D. 

      Ways and Means

    • E. 

      All of these

  • 9. 
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) does NOT
    • A. 

      Perform oversight functions by reviewing the activities of the executive branch to ensure it is complying with congressional intent

    • B. 

      Set government standards for accounting, provides legal opinions, and settles claims against the government

    • C. 

      Analyze the president's budget and makes economic projections about the performance of the economy

  • 10. 
    The English politician and philosopher Edmund Burke favored the concept of legislators as __________________, using their best judgment to make policy in the interests of the people.
    • A. 

      Constituent robots

    • B. 

      Trustees

    • C. 

      Instructed delegates

    • D. 

      Politicos

    • E. 

      Judges

  • 11. 
    A myth about members of Congress is that they
    • A. 

      Generally are educated and come from high-status occupations

    • B. 

      Tend to develop policy specialties

    • C. 

      Are especially effective in carrying out their constituent service

    • D. 

      Are overpaid, underworked, corrupt, and ineffective

    • E. 

      Are overwhelmingly male

  • 12. 
    Incumbents are those
    • A. 

      Already holding office

    • B. 

      Running for office for the first time

    • C. 

      Who have been defeated in an election

    • D. 

      Retired members of Congress

    • E. 

      Running for an election

  • 13. 
    To be sent to the president, a bill must be passed by
    • A. 

      The House

    • B. 

      The Senate

    • C. 

      Either the House or the Senate

    • D. 

      Both the House and the Senate

    • E. 

      A majority vote of Congress, regardless of which house the votes come from

  • 14. 
    The process of monitoring the bureaucracy and its administration of policy is called
    • A. 

      Filibustering

    • B. 

      Oversight

    • C. 

      Caucusing

    • D. 

      Canvassing

    • E. 

      Legislating

  • 15. 
    Caucuses in Congress
    • A. 

      Press committees to hold hearings

    • B. 

      Push their preferred legislation

    • C. 

      Mobilize votes for favored legislation

    • D. 

      All of these

  • 16. 
    Bills can be formally submitted for consideration
    • A. 

      The president

    • B. 

      The public

    • C. 

      Members of Congress

    • D. 

      Interest groups

  • 17. 
    Critics argue that one of the effects of the continued reelection of incumbents in Congress is
    • A. 

      The insulation of members from political change

    • B. 

      That fewer policy experts win congressional seats

    • C. 

      The trend toward less conservative policies

    • D. 

      The trend toward less money spent on elections

    • E. 

      That it takes longer to send a "message to Washington" when the representative is already working committees

  • 18. 
    Lobbyists provide members of Congress with
    • A. 

      Information

    • B. 

      Political intelligence

    • C. 

      Promises of financial support for future reelection efforts

    • D. 

      The potential to generate public support

    • E. 

      All of these

  • 19. 
    Congress, according to the framers, was the true center of power in American politics.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Oversight is one of the checks that Congress exercises over the Executive branch.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False