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1. There are three branches of the federal government. They are:

a) House, Senate, and Congress

b) President, Vice President, Secretary

c) executive, legislative, judicial

d) Mo, Larry, and Curley

2. Congress is made up of:

a) the President and his cabinet

b) the House of Representatives and the Senate

c) the House of Representatives

d) Democrats and Republicans

3. How many Senators are there in the U.S. Senate?

a) one per state or 50

b) two per state or 100

c) 535

d) too many

4. What is the total number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives?

a) five per state or 250

b) one for every 350,000 persons or 715 representatives

c) not more than 435

d) three

5. "Gerrymandering" is:

a) creating an election district to cluster groups of voters to some advantage

b) the first step in impeachment

c) a Gaelic term used to describe persons who do not vote

d) a tribute to Jerry Mathers for the work he did on "Leave It to Beaver"

6. The President is elected "at large." This means that the President is:

a) overweight

b) limited to two terms

c) missing

d) elected by members of the Senate

e) chosen through a nationwide election

7. Representativesí and Senatorsí term lengths are:

a) two years for both Senators and Representatives

b) six years for Senators and four years for Representatives

c) two years for Representatives and six years for Senators

d) four years for Representatives and Senators

e) five to ten years, with time off for good behavior

8. The Speaker of the House:

a) is the leader of the majority party

b) is, by tradition, the only person who may use a microphone in the House

c) must be named after a lizard

d) may never debate an issue or vote

9. The President of the Senate:

a) is the leader of the majority party

b) must give a brief presentation on each piece of legislation

c) is always the Vice President or his/her designee

d) lives in the Naval Observatory

10. "Sunshine Laws" are:

a) laws which require open legislative meetings

b) laws which are introduced during the spring session

c) laws which deal with environmental issues

d) laws which require review by the Ethics Committee

11. A "Joint Resolution" is:

a) when an amendment is proposed to the Constitution requiring action by both Houses of Congress

b) anti-marijuana legislation passed in 1968

c) an agreement signed by the leaders of the House and Senate at the beginning of each session

d) a bill which is passed by both the House and the Senate and sent to the President for action

12. A "Conference Committee" is:

a) a meeting of Senators or Representatives which is not held in Washington

b) a private meeting between Senate and House leadership

c) an honorary committee which arranges tours, junkets, etc.

d) an appointed committee of House and Senate members who will meet to resolve differences between two similar pieces of legislation

13. A "Constitutional Majority" is:

a) a committee dominated by either Democrats or Republicans

b) always the House of Representatives

c) 218 members of the House and 51 members of the Senate

d) in the United Statesí case, white males

14. "Germaneness" of debate means that:

a) speakers in the House and Senate must make short, succinct presentations

b) the debate must be relevant to the matter under consideration

c) only persons of German ancestry may speak

d) nobody may speak for more than three hours



Answers: 1) c 2) b 3) b 4) c 5) a 6) e 7) c

8) a 9) d 10) a 11) a 12) d 13) c 14) b

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