US Government Chapter 5: The Legislature

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  • 1. 
    Laws made by the will of the people come through which body of the U.S. government? 
    • A. 

      House of Representatives

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      Senate

    • D. 

      Rules Committee

  • 2. 
    Which term refers to people who are represented by a particular member of Congress?
    • A. 

      Constituents

    • B. 

      Voters

    • C. 

      Interest groups

    • D. 

      Candidates

  • 3. 
    How many years is the term of a member of the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 4. 
    How many senators are there from each state? 
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 5. 
    How many years do senators serve in the Senate?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      6

  • 6. 
    Who has the constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce?
    • A. 

      Individual states

    • B. 

      Federal government

    • C. 

      Supreme Court

    • D. 

      Businesses

  • 7. 
    To be eligible to serve in the House of Representatives, a person must be a U.S. citizen for at least
    • A. 

      Three years.

    • B. 

      Zero years.

    • C. 

      35 years.

    • D. 

      Seven years.

  • 8. 
    The practice of drawing district boundaries to the political advantage of the party in power is known as
    • A. 

      Reapportionment.

    • B. 

      Fixing the number of seats.

    • C. 

      Gerrymandering.

    • D. 

      Filibuster

  • 9. 
    Who is the most powerful member of the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      Speaker of the House

    • B. 

      Minority leader

    • C. 

      Majority whip

    • D. 

      Floor leader

  • 10. 
    Which term applies to the 20 permanent committees of the House?
    • A. 

      Standing committees

    • B. 

      Conference committees

    • C. 

      Select committees

    • D. 

      Joint committees

  • 11. 
    Which basic job qualification for the Senate was set by the Constitution? 
    • A. 

      Wealthy

    • B. 

      Experienced and knowledgeable

    • C. 

      Live in the state he or she represents

    • D. 

      Nationally known

  • 12. 
    How long is a Senator’s term of office?
    • A. 

      Two years

    • B. 

      Four years

    • C. 

      Six years

    • D. 

      Eight years

  • 13. 
    Which amendment was ratified in 1913 to make direct popular elections of senators part of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      First

    • B. 

      Second

    • C. 

      Fifth

    • D. 

      Seventeenth

  • 14. 
    What job does the Constitution assign the vice president of the United States?
    • A. 

      Senate majority leader

    • B. 

      President of the Senate

    • C. 

      Speaker of the House

    • D. 

      President pro tempore

  • 15. 
    Which provision adds an unpopular provision to a popular bill that is likely to be passed?
    • A. 

      Presidential

    • B. 

      Rider

    • C. 

      Revision

    • D. 

      Compromise

  • 16. 
    When the president signs a bill, it
    • A. 

      Is vetoed.

    • B. 

      Goes back to the Senate.

    • C. 

      Becomes law.

    • D. 

      Goes back to the House.

  • 17. 
    What can Congress try to do if its members disagree with the president’s veto of a bill?
    • A. 

      Call for a pocket veto

    • B. 

      Override it

    • C. 

      Have a roll-call vote

    • D. 

      Sign a discharge petition

  • 18. 
    People in the United States do not take part in national government directly but through elected ____________________.
    • A. 

      Representatives

    • B. 

      Supreme court

    • C. 

      Governors

    • D. 

      Socialist dictators

  • 19. 
    Both houses of Congress have the power to conduct investigations by issuing ____________ to call witnesses.
    • A. 

      Facebook posts

    • B. 

      Subpoenas

    • C. 

      Taxes

    • D. 

      Text messages

  • 20. 
    A(n) ____________________ is a tactic used by opponents of a measure in an effort to keep it from coming to a vote.
    • A. 

      Cloture

    • B. 

      Debate

    • C. 

      Filibuster

    • D. 

      Caucus

  • 21. 
    Each state has at least _______ representative(s) in the House of Representatives.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 22. 
    Senators must win statewide ________.
    • A. 

      Legislative votes

    • B. 

      Elections

    • C. 

      Popularity contests

    • D. 

      Text voting

  • 23. 
    Most bills submitted to Congress die in _____ and never receive the attention of Congress as a whole.
    • A. 

      Jail

    • B. 

      Prison

    • C. 

      The White House

    • D. 

      Committee

  • 24. 
    What is the main responsibility of Congress?
    • A. 

      To write laws

    • B. 

      To execute laws

    • C. 

      To give speeches about stuff

    • D. 

      To declare war

  • 25. 
    What does bicameral mean?
    • A. 

      There are two camels

    • B. 

      There are two chambers.

    • C. 

      Bikers can attend.

    • D. 

      Two people must attend a filibuster.

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