United States Congressional Committee! Trivia Quiz

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United States Congressional Committee! Trivia Quiz

How much do you know about the United States congressional committee? Congressional committees help in organizing the work of Congress, and they are divided standing, select, joint, and conference committees. Did you know that the Standing Committee is the strongest and has power over the other three? Get to learn more about them and the powers of each using this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following statements is NOT true about committees?
    • A. 

      Most are divided into subcommittees.

    • B. 

      Their chairmen are usually chosen by seniority within the majority party.

    • C. 

      The majority party always holds a majority of the seats.

    • D. 

      Each senator and representatives can serve on only one committee.

  • 2. 
    Which of these is governed by a joint committee?
    • A. 

      The federal budget

    • B. 

      The Library of Congress

    • C. 

      Foreign policy and international relations

    • D. 

      Veterans' affairs

  • 3. 
    What type of committee was the Senate Watergate Committee?
    • A. 

      A standing committee

    • B. 

      A select committee

    • C. 

      A joint committee

    • D. 

      A conference committee

  • 4. 
    In order for a bill to reach the floor of the House after it has been referred by a committee, it must also clear the
    • A. 

      Ways and Means Committee.

    • B. 

      House Administration Committee.

    • C. 

      Appropriations Committee.

    • D. 

      Rules Committee.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is NOT a reason to form a select committee?
    • A. 

      To maintain an ongoing review of bills that fall into one major subject area

    • B. 

      To decide on the need for new laws

    • C. 

      To determine whether federal agencies are following the laws that have been passed

    • D. 

      To focus public attention on a matter of importance

  • 6. 
    Permanent panels to which all bills are sent are called __________ committees.
    • A. 

      Select

    • B. 

      Conference

    • C. 

      Standing

    • D. 

      Sitting

  • 7. 
    Which of the following committees does not operate as a subject-matter body?
    • A. 

      The House Ways and Means Committee

    • B. 

      The House Rules Committee

    • C. 

      The House Judiciary Committee

    • D. 

      The Senate Appropriations Committee

  • 8. 
    When is a conference committee created?
    • A. 

      When the issue does not fit into any of the duties of the established committees

    • B. 

      When an investigation is required

    • C. 

      When committees in both houses pass identical bills

    • D. 

      When the two houses pass differing versions of a bill and the first house will not agree to the changes

  • 9. 
     Who determines which bills go to which committees in the House?
    • A. 

      The Speaker

    • B. 

      The Rules Committee

    • C. 

      The Ways and Means Committee

    • D. 

      The majority leader

  • 10. 
    Select committees are
    • A. 

      Temporary panels set up for a specific purpose.

    • B. 

      The most powerful and prestigious committees.

    • C. 

      Those composed of members of both houses.

    • D. 

      Temporary, joint body committees.

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