ch11 26-xx

Question 1 of 23

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In initiating broad legislative proposals, the president enjoys all the following advantages over Congress EXCEPT

Select one of the following:

  • the president being more likely to take a national perspective on policy issues.

  • the president being granted more authority by the Constitution in the area of lawmaking.

  • the president's actions receiving more attention from the national media.

  • the president having the authority to make policy decisions even when there are conflicting views within the executive branch, while congressional leaders cannot impose their views on other members who disagree with them.

  • a lack of fragmentation.

Question 2 of 23

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Most members of Congress are

Select one of the following:

  • concerned with national issues, but even more concerned with local ones.

  • controlled by special interest groups.

  • interested only in the work of the subcommittee on which they serve.

  • opposed to the seniority system.

  • more interested in oversight than in making laws.

Question 3 of 23

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By and large, partisanship is

Select one of the following:

  • irrelevant to the work of Congress.

  • a huge source of both cohesion and division within Congress.

  • relevant only in the context of local representation.

  • important in lawmaking and representation but not in oversight.

  • more important in foreign policy than in domestic policy.

Question 4 of 23

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The oversight responsibility of Congress is

Select one of the following:

  • relatively easy to carry out.

  • becoming less and less important to the nation.

  • more interesting to most legislators than policy making responsibilities.

  • the most time consuming task for most legislators.

  • None of these answers is correct.

Question 5 of 23

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What is the biggest reason that Congress does not vigorously pursue its oversight function?

Select one of the following:

  • the sheer magnitude of the task

  • its inadequacy as a means to control the bureaucracy

  • its inadequacy as a means to control the power of the president

  • its inadequacy as a way to generate publicity for members of Congress

  • its inadequacy as a means to control the judiciary

Question 6 of 23

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Which of the following is one of the three major functions of Congress's policymaking role?

Select one of the following:

  • lawmaking

  • check the president

  • appease special interests

  • inform the people

  • check the Supreme Court

Question 7 of 23

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Bills are formally introduced in Congress by

Select one of the following:

  • members of Congress only.

  • executive agencies.

  • interest groups.

  • the Supreme Court.

  • All these answers are correct.

Question 8 of 23

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Most of the work on legislation in Congress is done

Select one of the following:

  • by committees and their respective subcommittees.

  • on the floor of the House and Senate.

  • by conference committees.

  • by the president.

  • by bureaucratic agencies.

Question 9 of 23

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The scheduling of bills in the Senate is left up to

Select one of the following:

  • the Senate Scheduling Committee.

  • the Senate majority leader.

  • each of the Senate committees.

  • the Senate historian.

  • the Senate parliamentarian.

Question 10 of 23

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News media coverage of Congress and the president is

Select one of the following:

  • about equal in amount.

  • heavily tilted toward presidential coverage.

  • largely focused on Congress and its members.

  • typically focused on areas where there is consensus between the two institutions.

  • typically focused on areas where the House as opposed to the Senate is the leading chamber.

Question 11 of 23

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There are currently ________ voting members of the U.S. House of Representatives and ________ voting members of the U.S. Senate.

Select one of the following:

  • 535; 100

  • 435; 100

  • 150; 31

  • 300; 100

  • 600; 300

Question 12 of 23

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What is the strategy employed in the Senate to prevent a bill from coming to a vote?

Select one of the following:

  • mark up

  • filibuster

  • cloture

  • pocket veto

  • conference committee

Question 13 of 23

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For a bill to pass in either chamber of Congress, it must

Select one of the following:

  • receive the support of a third of its members.

  • receive the support of a simple majority of its members.

  • receive the support of two-thirds of its members.

  • be passed within two weeks of its passage by the other chamber.

  • be passed within a month of its passage by the other chamber.

Question 14 of 23

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The dominant policymaking political institution during most of the nineteenth century was

Select one of the following:

  • the president and the executive branch.

  • Congress.

  • the Supreme Court.

  • the bureaucracy.

  • the mass media.

Question 15 of 23

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Defining the conditions and scheduling a bill for floor debate in the House of Representatives is the responsibility of the

Select one of the following:

  • Ways and Means Committee.

  • Rules Committee.

  • Budget Committee.

  • Appropriations Committee.

  • Judiciary Committee.

Question 16 of 23

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Which of the following statements is true?

Select one of the following:

  • Political parties are unimportant in the organization of the U.S. Congress.

  • Party-line voting rarely occurs in Congress.

  • Party-line voting has increased in recent years.

  • Partisanship makes virtually no difference in the votes cast in Congress.

  • None of these answers is correct.

Question 17 of 23

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Since the founding of the United States, the debate over the representation function of Congress has centered on whether

Select one of the following:

  • key decisions should be made by a small number of representatives in committee or by the whole membership in floor debate.

  • the primary concern of a representative should be the interests of the nation or of his or her constituency.

  • congressional or presidential authority should dominate on broad issues.

  • the House or the Senate is more responsive to the public.

  • the House or the Senate should take the lead on foreign policy issues.

Question 18 of 23

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The trading of votes between members of Congress so that each gets the legislation he or she wants is called

Select one of the following:

  • gerrymandering.

  • pandering.

  • logrolling.

  • pork-barreling.

  • cloturing.

Question 19 of 23

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"Mark up" of a bill means that

Select one of the following:

  • a president has crossed out sections of the bill that he or she finds personally objectionable.

  • a bill has been approved after floor debate has finished.

  • witnesses at committee hearings suggest modifications of the bill.

  • the House Speaker and Senate majority leader have written a bill in a way that they favor.

  • None of these answers is correct.

Question 20 of 23

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Committees kill more than ________ percent of the bills submitted in Congress.

Select one of the following:

  • 10

  • 25

  • 45

  • 66

  • 90

Question 21 of 23

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Nearly ________ percent of all PAC contributions go to the incumbents.

Select one of the following:

  • 10

  • 30

  • 50

  • 70

  • 90

Question 22 of 23

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A bill has been approved in the House and Senate, albeit in slightly different versions. The bill now goes to

Select one of the following:

  • the president for his or her veto or signature.

  • a conference committee.

  • the standing committees in the House and Senate where the bill originated.

  • the House Rules Committee.

  • the Senate Rules Committee.

Question 23 of 23

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What percentage of state legislators are women?

Select one of the following:

  • less than 5 percent

  • more than 20 percent

  • about 50 percent

  • about 60 percent

  • more than 40 percent

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