How Congress Is Organized

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How Congress Is Organized - Quiz

This quiz is about how Congress is organized, how it works, congressional powers, and how a bill becomes law.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Describe the system that party leaders use to assign the committee chairperson and committee members?  Does everyone like it and think it's fair?  Who likes it?  Who doesn't like it?
  • 2. 
    Describe how a bill is introduced.  Who sometimes thinks of ideas for new laws and brings them to a congressman's attention?  Who really writes the bill?  After written, what the representative or senator have to do in front of Congress?  And then where does he/she drop the bill?  What is it then "given"? And then where does it go?
  • 3. 
    How many members are there in the Senate?
    • A. 

      26

    • B. 

      100.

    • C. 

      65

    • D. 

      435

  • 4. 
     How many members are there in the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      26

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      65

    • D. 

      435.

  • 5. 
    Both the Senate and House of Representatives have two floor leaders to make sure that their own political party's laws get passed. What are the names of these floor leaders?
    • A. 

      Majority leader

    • B. 

      Minority leader

    • C. 

      Party whip

    • D. 

      Speaker of the House

    • E. 

      A and B.

  • 6. 
    What is the difference between the Speaker of the House and the president pro tempore?
    • A. 

      The Speaker of the House is in charge of the Senate and House when they are in session.

    • B. 

      The president pro tempore is in charge of the Senate and House when they are in session.

    • C. 

      The Speaker of the House is in charge of the House when it is in session.

    • D. 

      The president pro tempore is in charge of the Senate when it is in session.

    • E. 

      C and D. The Speaker of the House is just in charge of the House. The president pro tempore is in charge of just the Senate.

  • 7. 
    How does one know if the majority leader or minority leader is a Republican or Democrat?
    • A. 

      If there are more Democratic than Republican congressman, the majority leader will be Democratic.

    • B. 

      If there are more Democratic than Republican congressman, the majority leader will be Republican.

  • 8. 
    What is the role of the party whip?
    • A. 

      To report to the president pro tempore.

    • B. 

      Try to persuade folks to vote their party's way and to keep track of how many votes they have on an issue.

    • C. 

      To whip folks with a whip.

    • D. 

      To report to the Speaker of the House.

  • 9. 
    How is the Speaker of the House selected?
    • A. 

      Selected by members of their party.

    • B. 

      The oldest person of their party.

  • 10. 
    How is the president pro tempore selected?
    • A. 

      Selected by members of their party.

    • B. 

      The oldest person of their party.

  • 11. 
    Congress has three types of committees which are _____________, _____________, and _________________.
  • 12. 
    Which committee is a permanent committee?
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Joint

    • C. 

      Select

  • 13. 
    Which committee type is a temporary committee?
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Joint

    • C. 

      Select

  • 14. 
    Who is the chairperson of the committee?
    • A. 

      A Republican

    • B. 

      A Democrat

    • C. 

      A Democrat and Republican share the job to make it fair

    • D. 

      Whoever has the majority in Congress gets to be the chairperson of the committee

    • E. 

      They rotate between Democrat one year and then Republican the next year.

  • 15. 
    Why is it important to be the chairperson of a Standing, Select, or Joint Committee?
    • A. 

      Because they get dinner and dessert for free.

    • B. 

      Because they get to choose who is on their committee.

    • C. 

      Because 100% of the committee will be from their political party.

    • D. 

      Because the chairperson controls the committees activities and strongly influences decisions that people make.

  • 16. 
    What are the two types of powers that Congress has?
    • A. 

      Expressed powers (or delegated powers)

    • B. 

      Super powers.

    • C. 

      Implied powers.

    • D. 

      Austin Powers.

    • E. 

      A and C.

  • 17. 
    Which powers are those that are given from Article 1 of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Expressed (or delegated) powers.

    • B. 

      Implied powers.

  • 18. 
    What are implied powers?
    • A. 

      Those listed out specifically in the Constitution in Article 1.

    • B. 

      Those that are not stated directly and come from the "necessary and proper" clause of the Constitution.

    • C. 

      Those that come from the Declaration of Independance.

  • 19. 
    Which of these are non-legistative powers granted by the Constitution (hint: there are more than one)
    • A. 

      Propose amendments.

    • B. 

      Sentence people to jail.

    • C. 

      Investigate.

    • D. 

      Impeach.

    • E. 

      Veto laws.

  • 20. 
    Which of the below is a special power of Congress?
    • A. 

      The Senate has the ability act as the jury for impeachment trials.

    • B. 

      The House has the ability to introduce tax bills.

    • C. 

      The House has the ability to chose the President is no candidate wins a majority by Electoral College.

    • D. 

      The Senate has the ability to approve or reject the President's appointments of certain high government officials.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 21. 
    What are some basic limits to congressional power in the Constitution?
    • A. 

      Can't create new amendments, can't impeach the President, can't place term limits on Congressment

    • B. 

      Can't favor one state, can't interfere with certain individual rights, limitation of the money available to spend, checks and balances.

    • C. 

      Can't borrow money, can't tax people, can't create an army, can't declare war, can't set up a postal system

    • D. 

      Can't create federal courts, can't create treaties with other countries, can't regulate commerce,

  • 22. 
    When a committee gets a bill, what are their options?
    • A. 

      To kill it (look at it and not like it right there and stop it).

    • B. 

      To pigeonhole it (or set it aside without even looking at it).

    • C. 

      Send the bill to subcommittee as it is written or "as is".

    • D. 

      Send the bill to subcommittee with changes.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 23. 
    When a committee gives a bill to a subcommittee, the subcommittee then
    • A. 

      Researches the issue, makes changes, and send it on to Congress.

    • B. 

      Researches the issue, holds public hearings, makes changes if necessary, and sends it on to Congress.

    • C. 

      Researches the issue, holds public hearings, makes changes if necessary, and sends it back to committee

    • D. 

      Researches the issue, makes changes, and send it on to the President.

  • 24. 
    Which area of Congress has very formal rules for debating a bill?  Why?
    • A. 

      Republicans, because they are usuallly more conservative.

    • B. 

      Senate because the are more special than the House of Representatives.

    • C. 

      House of Representatives, because they are typically younger and fight more.

    • D. 

      House of Representatives, because there are more of them and it's more difficult to have ordered debate with more people.

  • 25. 
    In which area of Congress are members allowed to speak freely at the podium to debate an issue for an unlimited period of time?
    • A. 

      Senate

    • B. 

      House

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