American Congress and the Presidency
American Congress and the Presidency

American Congress and the Presidency

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Question 1

The Great Compromise successfully resolved differences between_________.

A

large and small states

B

slave and non-slave states

C

the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

D

the House and the Senate

Question 2
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While each state has two senators, members of the House are apportioned _________.

A

according to the state’s geographic size

B

based on the state’s economic size

C

according to the state’s population

D

based on each state’s need

Question 3

The process of redistricting can present problems for congressional representation because _________.

A

districts must include urban and rural areas

B

states can gain but never lose districts

C

districts are often drawn to benefit partisan groups

D

states have been known to create more districts than they have been apportioned

Question 4
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Which of the following is an implied power of Congress?

A

the power to regulate the sale of tobacco in the states

B

the power to increase taxes on the wealthiest one percent

C

the power to put the president on trial for high crimes

D

the power to override a presidential veto

Question 5
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Senate races tend to inspire_________.

A

broad discussion of policy issues

B

narrow discussion of specific policy issues

C

less money than House races

D

less media coverage than House races

Question 6

The saying “All politics is local” roughly means _________.

A

the local candidate will always win

B

the local constituents want action on national issues

C

the local constituents tend to care about things that affect them

D

the act of campaigning always occurs at the local level where constituents are

Question 7
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A congressperson who pursued a strict delegate model of representation would seek to_________.

A

legislate in the way he or she believed constituents wanted, regardless of the anticipated outcome

B

legislate in a way that carefully considered the circumstances and issue so as to reach a solution that is best for everyone

C

legislate in a way that is best for the nation regardless of the costs for the constituents

D

legislate in the way that he or she thinks is best for the constituents

Question 8

The increasing value constituents have placed on descriptive representation in Congress has had the effect of _________.

A

increasing the sensitivity representatives have to their constituents demands

B

decreasing the rate at which incumbents are elected

C

increasing the number of minority members in Congress

D

decreasing the number of majority minority districts

Question 9
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House leaders are more powerful than Senate leaders because of_________.

A

the majoritarian nature of the House—a majority can run it like a cartel

B

the larger size of the House

C

the constitutional position of the House

D

the State of the Union address being delivered in the House chamber

Question 10

A select committee is different from a standing committee because_________.

A

a select committee includes member of both chambers, while a standing committee includes only members of the House

B

a select committee is used for bill reconciliation, while a standing committee is used for prosecutions

C

a select committee must stay in session, while a standing committee goes to recess

D

a select committee is convened for a specific and temporary purpose, while a standing committee is permanent

Question 11

Stopping a filibuster requires that _________.

A

a majority of senators agree on the bill

B

the speaker steps away from the podium

C

he chamber votes for cloture

D

the Speaker or majority leader intervenes

Question 12
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Saying a bill is being marked up is just another way to say it is being_________.

A

tabled

B

neglected

C

vetoed

D

amended

Question 13

The key means of advancing modern legislation is now___.______

A

committees

B

the actions of the leadership

C

the budget process

D

the filibuster

Question 1

Many at the Continental Congress were skeptical of allowing presidents to be directly elected by the legislature because _________.

A

they were worried about giving the legislature too much power

B

they feared the opportunities created for corruption

C

they knew the weaknesses of an electoral college

D

they worried about subjecting the commander-in-chief to public scrutiny

Question 2
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Which of the following is a way George Washington expanded the power of the presidency?

A

He refused to run again after serving two terms.

B

He appointed the heads of various federal departments as his own advisors.

C

He worked with the Senate to draft treaties with foreign countries.

D

He submitted his neutrality proclamation to the Senate for approval.

Question 3

How did the election of 1824 change the way presidents were selected?

A

Following this election, presidents were directly elected.

B

Jackson’s supporters decided to create a device for challenging the Electoral College.

C

The election convinced many that the parties must adopt the king caucus as the primary method for selecting presidents.

D

The selection of the candidate with fewer electoral votes triggered the rise of party control over nominations.

Question 4
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Which of the following is an unintended consequence of the rise of the primary and caucus system?

A

Sometimes candidates unpopular with the party leadership reach the top.

B

Campaigns have become shorter and more expensive.

C

The conventions have become more powerful than the voters.

D

Often incumbent presidents will fail to be renominated by the party.

Question 5
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The people who make up the modern president’s cabinet are the heads of the major federal departments and _________.

A

must be confirmed by the Senate

B

once in office are subject to dismissal by the Senate

C

serve two-year terms

D

are selected base on the rules of patronage

Question 6

A very challenging job for new presidents is to _________.

A

move into the White House

B

prepare and deliver their first State of the Union address

C

nominate and gain confirmation for their cabinet and hundreds of other officials

D

prepare their first executive budget

Question 7

President Theodore Roosevelt’s concept of the bully pulpit was the office’s_________.

A

authority to use force, especially military force

B

constitutional power to veto legislation

C

premier position to pressure through public appeal

D

ability to use technology to enhance the voice of the president

Question 8
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The passage of the Tenure of Office Act of 1867 was just one instance in a long line of _________.

A

struggles for power between the president and the Congress

B

unconstitutional presidential power grabbing

C

impeachment trials

D

arguments over presidential policy

Question 9

Which of the following is an example of an executive agreement?

A

The president negotiates an agreement with China and submits it to the Senate for ratification.

B

The president changes a regulation on undocumented immigrant status without congressional approval.

C

The president signs legally binding nuclear arms terms with Iran without seeking congressional approval.

D

The president issues recommendations to the Department of Justice on what the meaning of a new criminal statute is.