AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

| July 25, 2015

american gov’t

 

Question 1

 

1.

 

Congress’s policymaking role is based on lawmaking, oversight and:

 

power.
incumbency.
pork spending.
representation.

 

10 points

 

Question 2

 

1.

 

Which of the following is true about the office of the president?

 

The president is also the President of the Senate
The president is the Commander-in-Chief
The president can be a naturalized citizen
The president can be of any age

 

10 points

 

Question 3

 

1.

 

__________ requires that each bill introduced in Congress be referred to the proper committee.

 

The U.S. Constitution
The Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946
Public opinion
The Legislative Act of 1789

 

10 points

 

Question 4

 

1.

 

Which of the following is a procedural tactic in which a minority of senators can block a bill by talking until other senators give in and the bill is withdrawn?

 

Filibuster
Pocket veto
Cloture
Veto

 

10 points

 

Question 5

 

1.

 

The Senate majority whip:

 

is tasked with coordinating between officials of the political party in power and its members in the Senate.
is primarily responsible for aiding incumbent reelection efforts.
Acts as the House majority leader in the case of the absence of that member.
Sees to it that members know when important votes are scheduled.

 

10 points

 

Question 6

 

1.

 

After the president, __________ is widely considered the second most powerful federal official in Washington, D.C.

 

the vice president
the U.S. Senate majority leader
the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. Senate president pro tempore

 

10 points

 

Question 7

 

1.

 

The __________ controls the scheduling of bills for debate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

House majority leader
House majority whip
House Rules Committee
House clerk

 

10 points

 

Question 8

 

1.

 

__________ are the two states that do not use the unit rule in the Electoral College.

 

California and New Jersey
New Mexico and Texas
Vermont and Rhode Island
Maine and Nebraska

 

10 points

 

Question 9

 

1.

 

Most of the work that is done in Congress today:

 

is done through standing committees.
is done in conjunction with the president.
is done on the floor of each chamber.
occurs in private meetings with lobbyists.

 

10 points

 

Question 10

 

1.

 

Which of the following is true of the president and his or her veto power?

 

It can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the Congress.
It is only a sign of presidential strength.
Threatening a veto never causes Congress to bend to the president’s demands.
It has no limits.

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

Some observers claim that partisanship in Congress has reached a level that is crippling the institution as an effective policymaking body. Party disputes on everything from healthcare to tax policy have produced legislative deadlock and delay. Do you share the view that excessive partisanship is warping the congressional process, or do you think members of Congress should stick to their partisan principles, whatever the consequences?

 

Answer

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