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Politics of the United States
AP GOV Mid Unit Exam
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AOTF contribute to the success of incumbent members of congress in election campaigns EXCEPT
incumbents tend to understand national issues better than do their challengers
The voting patterns of members of congress correlate most strongly with
their political party affiliation
A member of the House of Representatives who wishes to be influential in the House itself would most likely seek a place on which otf committees?
The committee system is more important in the House than in the Senate because
the House is so large that more work can be accomplished in committees than on the floor
Congressional standing committees are best described as
permanent subject matter committees
The legislative process at the national level of gov reflects the intent of the framers of the Constitution
to create a legislator that would be slow and deliberate in the lawmaking process
Which of the following statements about rules of procedure in the House and Senate is correct?
The House operates more by formal rules while the Senate operates more on informal understandings
Map of Congress district ... motivation
Has likely been drawn to pack together voters who are registered with the same party
Which of the following is a consequence of the way the district is drawn on the map?
Likely lead to a less competitive general election which could lead to an increased partisanship
Which of the following is an accurate statement about committees in Congress?
Standing committees oversee the bureaucracy implementation of legislation
WOTF is not a power shared by the House and Senate?
WOTF is an example of Congressional oversight?
Holding hearings for review of an executive agencies activities
The Constitution states that all revenue bills must originate in
the US House of Representatives
Of the following which is the most powerful figure in Congress?
Speaker of the House
Members of the US House of Representatives committee on Veterans Affairs are concerned about the quality of services at hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Which of the following is an action the committee can take to address the problem?
Holding a hearing subpoenaing high level official in the Department of Veterans Affairs to testify
The House of Representatives and the Senate are most similar to each other in
the power standing committees have in the legislative process
WOTF does not describe a reason why Congress generally fails to perform the function of national leader as the Constitutional Convention intended?
Congress has little actual power
What is the purpose of Congressional earmarks?
to require the gov to spend money on a specific project
WOTFS does NOT help explain why incumbents in the House of Representatives usually get reelected?
Incumbents almost always reflect the views of their constituents better than their challengers
WOTFS below best describe reapportionment?
the reallocation of seats in the House of Representatives to the states based on a new census
What do we call the temporary committee of Congress created to work out differences between the House and Senate versions of a specific piece of legislation?
WOTF is an accurate comparison of the House of Representatives and the Senate?
House: members are elected by constituents in a local district based on population
Senate: members are elected by constituents of an entire state
What term do we use to describe the redrawing of boundaries in an electoral district in order to favor a particular party or candidate?
When a member of Congress decides to follow his conscience and votes for legislation limiting the availability of abortion under medicaid, his actions are consistent w the
view of representatives as trustees
WOTF is true of a presidential veto of a piece of legislation?
it is rarely overidden by Congress
WOTF is a member of the white house staff?
national security advisor
WOTF best describes the primary formal role of the attorney general?
serving as chief executive officer of the Dept of Justice
In vetoing a bill, the President does wotf?
rejects all sections of the bill
WOTF outcomes are NOT possible in the Electoral College System?
the electoral college could choose a pres who did not have the most electoral votes
According to the term limits imposed by the Constitution
the pres cannot be elected to the office of the pres more than twice
WOTFS best describes the prevailing view of the power of the pres today?
The pres can take whatever action he feels appropriate to advance his policy goals as long as he doesnt break the law or violate the Const
When selecting a vice pres candidate, a presidential nominee is usually concerned primarily w/ choosing a running mate who
adds balance and appeal to the national ticket
A pres attempting to influence Congress to pass a legislative program might employ all otf strategies EXCEPT
denying campaign reelection funds to legislators who oppose the pres policy stand
Pres have had the most success in changing the direction of decisions of the federal judiciary by
using the appointment process to select judges w judicial philosophies similar to those of the Pres
AOTF powers are granted to the pres by the Constitution EXCEPT
forming new cabinet level depts
in WOTF did Congress regain powers previously lost to the executive branch
Budget and impoundment control act
WOTF is articulated in the War Powers Resolution
the pres must bring troops home from hostilities within 60 to 90 days unless Congress extends the time
WOTF procedures results in the removal of the pre from office
the House votes for impeachment, and the Senate conducts a trial reaches a guilty verdict
AOTF have contributed an increase in Pres power in the post 1945 era EXCEPT
legislation granting the Pres the power to impound funds appropriated by Congress
Cabinet members often do not have a dominant influence on presidential decision-making because
pres goals often conflict with institutional goals of individual cabinet level agencies
The Constitution empowers the pres in AOTF ways EXCEPT
to act as chief of his political party
When a pres contends that the voters have given him a special endorsement of his policies in an election, what is he claiming?
What is the War Powers Act an example of
Congress restricting the power of the pres
As originally ratified, the Constitution included wotf among its requirements for presidential candidates
a natural born citizen who has lived in the US for at least 14 years
Who is the third in line to become US pres if the sitting pres becomes incapacitated
the pres pro tempore
WOTF is not one of the chief "roles" of the US pres
WOTF is true about executive orders?
they carry the weight of law
How would we best describe the contemporary role of the pres in the legislative process
the pres may serve as chief lobbyist and be active in all stages of legislation
In the book the imperial presidency, Arthur suggests that pres have expanded their power most while they were
handling complicated foreign policy and military situations
Recommended textbook explanations
Magruder's American Government
United States Government: Our Democracy
Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy
George C. Edwards III, Martin P. Wattenberg, Robert L. Lineberry
TEKS United States Government
Donald A. Ritchie, Richard C. Remy
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