Trivia Questions On US Government And Politics! Quiz

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Trivia Questions On US Government And Politics! Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Conference committees
    • A. 

      Register bills to be introduced on the floor and schedule debate

    • B. 

      Handle proposed legislation that deals with more than one area of policy

    • C. 

      Work out compromises between House and Senate versions of bills

    • D. 

      Combine members of both the House and Senate to consider overlapping policy areas

    • E. 

      Educate the public about the activities of Congress

  • 2. 
    Incumbents have all of the following advantages over their challengers EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Incumbents spend more money than do challengers

    • B. 

      Incumbents can brag about federal spending projects in their districts

    • C. 

      Incumbents can increase visibility among their constituents by using the franking privilege

    • D. 

      Incumbents provide casework for their constituents

    • E. 

      Challengers have a clean political record, and incumbents do not

  • 3. 
    Which of the following statements about Congressional oversight is FALSE?
    • A. 

      In extreme cases, Congress can cut agency budgets in order to secure compliance with Congressional wishes.

    • B. 

      Congress keeps tabs on more routine activities of the executive branch through its committee staff members.

    • C. 

      There are few political payoffs for carefully watching a government agency if it is implementing policy properly.

    • D. 

      Since the 1970s, Congress has substantially decreased its oversight activities.

    • E. 

      It serves as a Congressional check on the executive branch.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following statements accurately describe legislative committees? I.  Committees are in session only when preparing bills to be introduced onto the floor II.  Junior members of Congress have few opportunities to sit on committees III. The Speaker of the House has a great deal of influence in appointing committee chairs IV. Conference committees are composed of senators whose task is to amend bills that are in danger of being killed in Congress
    • A. 

      III only

    • B. 

      I and III only

    • C. 

      II and III only

    • D. 

      I, II, and IV only

    • E. 

      I, III, and V only

  • 5. 
    A senator can often prevent the Senate from voting on the bill being debated on the Senate floor by
    • A. 

      Conducting oversight

    • B. 

      Filibustering

    • C. 

      Introducing another bill

    • D. 

      Holding hearings

    • E. 

      Logrolling

  • 6. 
    On a bill with high visibility, members of Congress are most likely to vote
    • A. 

      Along party lines

    • B. 

      According to their personal ideology

    • C. 

      In a presidential coalition

    • D. 

      In keeping with the needs of their constituency

    • E. 

      According to the pressures of lobbyists

  • 7. 
    After a House committee reviews a bill and writes its report, the bill typically goes to the
    • A. 

      Senate

    • B. 

      House appropriate subcommittee

    • C. 

      President

    • D. 

      House floor for debate

    • E. 

      House Rules Committee

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is a difference between the House and Senate?
    • A. 

      Power is more decentralized in the Senate

    • B. 

      The filibuster is more common in the House than in the Senate

    • C. 

      The Senate allows twice as much time for debate on a bill than does the House

    • D. 

      Members of the House have large constituencies

    • E. 

      The legislative process starts in the House, the Senate can only debate bills once the House has passed them

  • 9. 
    Which of the following statements about Congressional parties is accurate?
    • A. 

      The majority party controls all of the seats on a majority of the committees

    • B. 

      Both political parties became more extreme and more homogenous

    • C. 

      Both political parties moderated, taking policy positions closer to the median voter

    • D. 

      The House operates on a nonpartisan basis while the Senate is heavily partisan

    • E. 

      Political parties are much weaker and disjointed than they were 30 years ago

  • 10. 
    The role of party identification in voters' choices in congressional campaigns is
    • A. 

      Extremely important, and increasingly so

    • B. 

      Moderately important, even though party identification is not as strong as it used to be

    • C. 

      Slightly important in a few districts, not important in most others

    • D. 

      Not important at all, and never really has been

    • E. 

      Much less significant than in presidential campaigns