Congress: Powers, Members - Practice Quiz

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  1. Under the Constitution, Congress does NOT have the power to
  2. Your answer:
    make laws for state governments
    provide for the general welfare of the people
    establish an army, navy, or other armed forces
    set up rules for immigrants to become naturalized citizens


  3. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
  4. Your answer:
    must be at least 25 years old
    must have been a U.S. citizen at least seven years
    must live in the state they represent
    all of these


  5. Members of the U.S. Senate
  6. Your answer:
    all of these
    must live in the state they represent
    must have been a U.S. citizen for at least 15 years
    must be at least 35 years old


  7. A tax on the production and sale of certain goods within a country is
  8. Your answer:
    an excise tax
    a sales tax
    a customs duty
    a tariff


  9. A copyright gives a person the exclusive right to
  10. Your answer:
    establish themselves as the owner of a house, land, or other real property
    loan money or other valuable items to people for the purpose of starting businesses
    publish, distribute or sell a book, work of art, or other intellectual property
    all of these


  11. The part of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to make any laws that are "necessary and proper" to carry out its expressed powers is known as the
  12. Your answer:
    9th Amendment
    establishment clause
    elastic clause
    commerce clause


  13. The "legislative veto" is a tactic used by Congress that is designed to reduce the
  14. Your answer:
    power of the executive branch
    number of congressional staffers who work in the Capital Building
    power of the Supreme Court
    size of the bureaucracy


  15. Which of the following is an example of Congress' non-legislative powers?
  16. Your answer:
    appointment of the Chief Justice to the Supreme Court
    approval of formal treaties
    impeachment of presidents
    all of these


  17. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are elected every
  18. Your answer:
    2 years
    4 years
    6 years
    none of these


  19. If a senator resigns or dies in office, how may the seat be filled?
  20. Your answer:
    A special election is held, with candidates nominated by the state legislature
    A special election is held, with candidates nominated by the state legislature
    Either the governor of the state may call a special election or the state legislature may grant the governor the power to appoint a replacement
    Either the president or the governor of the state may appoint a replacement


  21. Since the 17th Amendment was ratified, senators have been chosen by
  22. Your answer:
    the U.S. Supreme Court
    popular vote
    presidential electors
    the legislatures of their states


  23. How many total members are there in the U.S. Senate?
  24. Your answer:
    72
    100
    435
    26


  25. The official survey of the United States population taken every ten years is called the
  26. Your answer:
    apportionment
    censure
    perquisite
    census


  27. Congress determines how many House seats each state is entitled to, but it is up to the __?__ to divide each state into congressional districts.
  28. Your answer:
    Supreme Court
    Electoral College
    President
    state legislators


  29. During the past forty years the population of the United States has generally shifted from
  30. Your answer:
    South to North
    North to South
    West to East
    East to North


  31. Congressional immunity gives members of Congress all of the following EXCEPT
  32. Your answer:
    immunity from prosecution for slanderous remarks made on the house floor
    immunity from criminal prosecution for crimes committed while in office
    immunity from arrest while attending legislative sessions
    exemption from jury duty


  33. The franking privilege gives members of Congress
  34. Your answer:
    an allowance to maintain a second house in Washington D.C.
    free travel to their home districts
    low-cost medical care
    free postal service to their constituents


  35. Members of Congress who believe they have been elected to make independent judgements on the issues that come before them (rather than to simply follow their constituents' wishes) are said to view themselves as
  36. Your answer:
    delegates
    trustees
    incumbents
    politicos


  37. When members of Congress take unnecessary trips overseas at taxpayer expense, they are said to go on
  38. Your answer:
    politicos
    congressional immunity
    junkets
    constituents


  39. Members of the U.S. Senate are elected for how long a term of office?
  40. Your answer:
    4 years
    6 years
    2 years
    1 year



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