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


Question 1

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



pork spending.


10 points

Question 2

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 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

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.

10 points 

Question 7

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tactic in which a minority of senators can block a bill by talking until other senators give in and the bill is withdrawn?


Pocket veto



10 points 

Question 8

__________ 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 9

__________ 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 10

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.



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