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Test on Congress

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For what purpose does the constitution give congress the power to regulate bankruptcy?
a. To act on matters affecting the nation's security
b. To establish uniform procedures for dealing with insolvent debtors
c. To coin money and regulate its value
d. To finance projects that current revenues cannot cover
b. to establish uniform procedures for dealing with insolvent debtors
For what purpose does the constitution give congress the power to regulate bankruptcy?
To establish uniform procedures for dealing with insolvent debtors
Which qualification for House members is NOT in the constitution?
a. Must live in the district being represented
b. Must be at least 25 years old
c. Must have been a citizen for at least seven years
d. Must live in the state from which chosen
a. must live in the district being represented
Which qualification for House members is NOT in the constitution?
Must live in the district being represented
All the following are implied powers of congress EXCEPT the power to...
a. Set maximum work hours
b. Restrict arms sales.
c. Censor radio and TV programs
d. Fund education programs
c. Censor radio and TV programs
All the following are implied powers of congress EXCEPT the power to...
Censor radio and TV programs
The main way to end a filibuster is by...
a. A two-thirds vote of the Senate.
b. Invoking the Cloture Rule
c. Convening a conference committee
d. Voting the filibuster out of committee
b. Invoking the Cloture Rule
The main way to end a filibuster is by...
Invoking the Cloture Rule
When must congressional elections be held?
a. The first Tuesday of every November
b. The Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year
c. The second day of January in odd years
d. The Monday after the first Tuesday in November
b. The Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year
When must congressional elections be held?
The Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year
Which is a presiding officer?
a. President of the senate
b. Speaker of the house
c. President pro temp
d. All of the above
d. All of the above
A compromise bill worked on by a conference committee of House and Senate members is...
Usually passed by both houses of Congress
What happens to a bill after its first reading?
It is referred to the appropriate standing committee
All of the following are methods of taking a floor vote EXCEPT...
a. Voice vote
b. Standing vote
c. Roll-call vote
d. Mail-in vote
d. Mail-in Vote
Who is the most important and most powerful person in congress?
The Speaker of the House
In practice, just the threat of a _______, an attempt to "talk a bill to death", can result in the Senate's failure to consider certain bills.
Filibuster
The president may _______ a bill sent to him by Congress by refusing to sign it.
Veto
Who are the assistants to party floor leaders?
Whips
Who is the presiding officer of the senate?
The Vice President
A bill is a proposed...
Law
1. Given a number and a title
2. Introduced by senators
3. Sent to standing committee
4. Sent to sub committee
5. Sent to full committee
6. Debate
7. Vote
8. Sent to the House/President's desk
Steps a bill takes in the Senate
Members of the House of Representatives are forbidden to speak for longer than _______, in regards to debating.
One hour
When a bill is first introduced in the House or Senate it is given a _____ and a ______ .
Number and a title
The main reason that Congress creates committees is to...
Divide the work load
Which of the following options is NOT available to a President who has just received a bill passed by Congress?
Sign the bill after 15 days
In Congress, screening bills for floor consideration is a major duty of...
Committee members
The commerce Clause entitles Congress to...
Regulate trade and business, regulate airline routes in New England.
Who has the power to propose constitutional amendments?
a. State Courts
b, Congress
c, The Supreme Court
d. The President
b. Congress
Who has the power to propose constitutional amendments?
Congress
Few members of Congress today...
Are minorities
In order to bring charges against the President or Vice President for misconduct in office, the House or Representatives is given...
The power to impeach
Congress is given investigatory powers in order to...
a. Bring criminal charges against the president
b. Bring criminal changes against the constituents
c. Examine matters related to its lawmaking powers
d. Establish a national public school system
c. Examine matters related to its lawmaking powers
Congress is given investigatory powers in order to...
Examine matters related to its lawmaking powers.
Most measures introduced in the house die at which of these steps?
a. Quorum
b. Committee
c. Floor vote
d. Cloture
b. Committee
The duties of the house Rules Committee are best described as those of a...
a. Congressional chaplain
b. Accounting clerk
c. Factory foreman
d. Traffic cop
d. Traffic cop
The duties of the house Rules Committee are best described as those of a...
Traffic cop
Members of Congress fill all of the following roles except that of a...
a. Legislator
b. Servant to constituents
c. Committee member
d. Cabinet member
d. Cabinet member
Only _________ can propose a measure dealing with raising money
a. House
b. Voters
c. Senate
d. Speaker
a. House
Conference committees act as a "third house of congress" when they...
Produce a compromise bill that both the House and Senate will accept
Since 1789, the expansion of power of the National Government has been caused by all of the following EXCEPT...
A.Strict construction of the constitution.
B.Technological advances.
C.Economic crises.
A. Strict construction of the constitution
Most select committees do NOT...
Produce compromise bills
Majority floor leaders hold considerable power due mainly to the fact that...
The majority party has more seats that the other party has
All of the following expressed powers belong to congress EXCEPT...
a. the power to declare war
b. the power to tax exports
c. the power to naturalize citizens
d. the power to raise an army
b. The power to tax exports
Which of the following is a qualification for senators?
Must have been a citizen for at least nine years
Committee chairpersons usually are chosen...
a. By the whips
b. On the basis of ability
c. By the presiding officers
d. On the basis of seniority
d. On the basis of seniority
The Framers of the Constitution favored bicameralism because...
a. Two houses could block the acts of a single President.
b. It allowed for fair and equal representation of the States at the national level.
c. Great Britain had only on house of Parliament
d. One house would spend more money than two,
b. It allowed for fair and equal representation of the States at the national level.
When a bill is introduced in the House, it is FIRST...
Given a number and a title
The role of the House Rules Committee is played in the Senate by the...
Majority Floor Leader
The President pro tempore...
Serves in the absence of the Vice President of the United States
House leaders may use any of these calendars to schedule debate on a bill EXCEPT...
Congressional Calendar
Senators are elected to serve...
a. Six-year terms
b. Three-year terms
c. Four-year terms
d. Two-year terms
a. Six-year terms
Few members of Congress today...
Are minorities
The powers of Congress are affected by all of the following EXCEPT what the...
Constitution is silent about
According to the Constitution, who has the sole power to impeach the President?
The House of Representatives
The purpose of the filibuster is to...
Prevent action on a bill
Which of the following is required of candidates for the House of Representatives due to longstanding custom?
Must currently reside in the district he or she reprents
Congress is given investigatory powers in order to...
Examine matters related to its lawmaking powers
Most measures introduced in the House die at which of these steps?
a. Quorum
b. Committee
c. Floor vote
d. Cloture
b. Committee
The duties of the House Rules Committee are best described as those of a...
Traffic Cop
"President Clinton was convicted of charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in 1999". This statement is...
a. false
b. true with regard to the charges but false with regard to the date
c. true
d. none of the above
a. false