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Politics of the United States
CP Government Chapters 5-6
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Laws made by the will of the people come through which body of the U.S. government?
Which term refers to people who are represented by a particular member of Congress?
How many senators are there from each state?
The Great Compromise combined elements of which 2 plans?
Virginia and New Jersey
Who serves as judge at a formal impeachment trial of a president or vice president?
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Who has the final authority to ratify any amendments Congress proposes?
Which type of constitutional power allows Congress to declare war?
Who has the constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce?
The states and Congress share power over which militia?
The implied power to create Social Security is based on which specific expressed power?
Making all laws necessary and proper
Which constitutional amendment created 2 separate electoral college votes, one for president and one for vice president?
Which court order forces the police to present a person in court to face charges, except in cases of rebellion or invasion?
The writ of habeas corpus
To be eligible to serve in the H.o.R., a person must be a U.S. citizen for at least
The Constitution allows the House to judge its own members' behavior, requiring a 2/3 vote for which action?
The practice of drawing district boundaries to the political advantage of the party in power is known as
Who is the most powerful member of the H.o.R?
Speaker of the House
Which term applies to the 20 permanent committees of the House?
How long is a Senator's term of office?
Which amendment was ratified in 1913 to make direct popular elections of Senators part of the Constitution?
What job does the Constitution assign the vice president of the U.S.?
President of the Senate
When a Senate seat becomes vacant, who normally has the right to appoint a replacement?
Governor of the state
According to the Constitution, both senators and members of the House may submit bills with the exception of what kind of bill?
Which resolution is not a bill but follows the same procedure as a bill and has the force of law, if it is signed by both houses of Congress and the president?
When the president signs a bill, it
What can Congress try to do if its members disagree with the president's veto of a bill?
In the role of symbolic figurehead representing the U.S. internationally, the president acts as the
chief of state
Which of the following is a necessary qualification for anyone wishing to be president of the United States?
Minimum age of 35
The president is elected by
a vote of the electoral college
In the electoral college that chooses the president, each state gets one vote for every
member of Congress
In a presidential race, which of the following best describes how the states apportion their electoral votes among the candidates?
Most states use a "winner-take-all" system but some allow the votes to be split
If a president dies in office, the vice president
becomes president and serves out the term
What happens if a president becomes disabled?
The vice president takes over presidential duties temporarily
Under the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, the person next in line after the vice president is the head of the
House of Representatives
Which of the following is sometimes considered to be an informal qualification for president?
Service in the military
An executive branch employee who serves "at the pleasure of the president" may be dismissed by the president
at any time and for any reason
A president who wants to establish rules and regulations for the operation of a federal agency may do so by taking what action?
Issuing an executive order
Which of the following is a conflict that the U.S. entered after a congressional declaration of war?
Under the War Powers Act of 1973, what is the maximum length of time a president can commit troops to military action without Congress's approval?
Proposing a law to expand educational opportunities for preschool-age children would be an example of what kind of presidential power?
The presidential veto is
a significant check on Congress
Which of the following would probably be the most effective way for a president to get changes made to an important bill when Congress is controlled by the other party?
Threatening a veto and negotiate with legislative leaders over changes
In pardoning former President Nixon, President Ford exercised which type of presidential power?
The power of the presidency has
increased significantly over time
What department was created during the 1930s to advise and assist the president in carrying out presidential duties?
Executive Office of the President
Which of the following would be most likely to have responsibility for responding to a major terrorist incident?
National Security Council
Which of the following is a part of the Executive Office of the President that produces studies on economic trends?
Council of Economic Advisers
Which of the following has a large staff of civil servants to help both the executive branch and Congress?
Office of Management and Budget
Who is the executive branch official in charge of opening and counting the electoral votes for president every 4 years?
What did early vice presidents often complain about?
Too little to do
What is the title of a cabinet department head?
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