Govtest1 End Of Ch 10 (congress) Test

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GOVTEST1 End of ch 10 (congress) test


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  • 1. 
    The most important source of Congress's power stems from its authority to
    • A. 

      Ratify treaties

    • B. 

      Confirm presidential appointments

    • C. 

      Declare war

    • D. 

      Authorize the expenditure of federal funds

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives calls itself the "People's Chamber"

    • B. 

      Treaties must be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the house of representatives

    • C. 

      All appropriation bills must first originate in the US Senate

    • D. 

      The founders envisioned that congress would be less important than the executive branch

  • 3. 
    When redistricting results in partisan voters being so concentrated that much of their vote is wasted, it is called
    • A. 

      Packing

    • B. 

      Splintering

    • C. 

      Chubbing

    • D. 

      Ticket splitting

  • 4. 
    The Supreme court held that inequalities in voters' influence resulting from malapportioned legislative distrects
    • A. 

      Violated the national supremacy clause in Baker v. Carr

    • B. 

      Violated the due process clause in Reynolds v. Sims

    • C. 

      Violated the equal protection clause in Baker v. Carr

    • D. 

      Was a matter that should be left to the states as it is protected by the 10th ammendment

  • 5. 
    The largest source of candidates for political office comes from which of the following occupations?
    • A. 

      Agriculture and real estate

    • B. 

      Medicine, journalism, and public relations

    • C. 

      Public service and law

    • D. 

      Business

  • 6. 
    Voters reelect inbumbents even when they are members of an unpopular Congress because
    • A. 

      Of name recognition

    • B. 

      Most voters approve of their own representative

    • C. 

      Seniority adds to their representative's power

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 7. 
    After the 2010 elections
    • A. 

      The Republicans became the majority party in the House of Representatives

    • B. 

      The Democrats retained control of the House of Representatives

    • C. 

      The Republicans gained control of the Senate

    • D. 

      The Republicans became the majority party in both the Senate and the House

  • 8. 
    The Hispanic populations in ________ elect the majority of the Latino representatives that go to Washington, DC.
    • A. 

      Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi

    • B. 

      California, Nevada, and Oregon

    • C. 

      Texas, California, and Florida

    • D. 

      Florida, Georgia, and Alabama

  • 9. 
    The congressional agency that serves as a counterweight to the presiden'ts Office of Management and Budget is the 
    • A. 

      GAO, General Accountability Office

    • B. 

      CRS, Congressional Research Service

    • C. 

      CBO, Congressional Budget Office

    • D. 

      OCS, Office of Congressional Support

  • 10. 
    Members of Congress use all but which of the following to cultivate their image at home?
    • A. 

      Case work

    • B. 

      Attending "junkets" overseas in order to educate themselves on policy issues

    • C. 

      Making personal appearances back home

    • D. 

      Earmarking projects for the home district

  • 11. 
    Efforts by senatores and representatives to "bring home the bacon" are referred to as
    • A. 

      Pork barreling and set-asides

    • B. 

      Demonstration projects

    • C. 

      Earmarking and pork barreling

    • D. 

      Demonstration projects and set-asides

  • 12. 
    The principal bases for organizing Congress come from  
    • A. 

      Constitutional provisions

    • B. 

      The Democratic and Republican Party organizations in the House and the Senate

    • C. 

      The Presiden'ts recommendations

    • D. 

      The House Rules Committee

  • 13. 
    The Key leader of the House of Representatives is the
    • A. 

      Chairman of the house

    • B. 

      President pro tempore

    • C. 

      Speaker of the house

    • D. 

      House whip

  • 14. 
    The most powerful committee in the House is generally believed to be
    • A. 

      Rules committee

    • B. 

      Appropriations committee

    • C. 

      Armed services committee

    • D. 

      Judiciary committee

  • 15. 
    The determination by the Rules Committee that forbids amending a bill under consideration by the House is a 
    • A. 

      Unanimous consent agreement

    • B. 

      Limited rule

    • C. 

      Open rule

    • D. 

      Closed rule

  • 16. 
    A bill that has passed but has different wording in the House and Senate versions is sent to
    • A. 

      A conference committee

    • B. 

      The House Rules Committee

    • C. 

      Both the House and Senate Reconciliation Committee

    • D. 

      The Senate Reconciliation Committee

  • 17. 
    Constituencies have more influenceo n pending legislation that is
    • A. 

      A high-profile issue

    • B. 

      Technical in nature

    • C. 

      In agreement with the party leaders' opinions

    • D. 

      Applicable to a small number of people

  • 18. 
    Gridlock in Congress is in part a result of
    • A. 

      Unified party control of the presidency and Congress

    • B. 

      Greater ideological polarization of the parties

    • C. 

      Unified party control of the House and Senate

    • D. 

      The willingness of House members to filibuster

  • 19. 
    The Constitution gives _______ the power to discipline members of Congress
    • A. 

      The supreme court

    • B. 

      The president

    • C. 

      Congress

    • D. 

      The department of justice

  • 20. 
    Members of congress may be punished for misbehavior by
    • A. 

      Expulsion

    • B. 

      Censure

    • C. 

      Public reprimand

    • D. 

      All of the above