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Government Ch. 10 PRACTICE TEST
Multiple Choice

Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
____ 1. In which house of Congress does each state have the same number of votes, no matter how large or small its population?

a.

the House of Representatives

b.

the Senate

c.

each state district

d.

each Senate committee

____ 2. Which is longer, a term or a session of Congress?



a.

a session

b.

a term

c.

neither

d.

both are the same

____ 3. Congress must reapportion seats in the House of Representatives every



a.

two years.

b.

four years.

c.

six years.

d.

ten years.

____ 4. After passage of the 20th Amendment in 1933, each new Congress began its term in _____ rather than in _____.



a.

January; March

b.

March; January

c.

November; January

d.

January; November

____ 5. For whom do senators and representatives work?



a.

the president

b.

the people who elect them

c.

the political parties

d.

the committees to which they belong

____ 6. Which part of the Senate is up for election at any one time?



a.

one-fourth

b.

one-half

c.

one-third

d.

two-thirds

____ 7. How often does the Constitution require Congress to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives?



a.

every two years

b.

every four years

c.

every six years

d.

every ten years

____ 8. The Framers of the Constitution diffused the power of Congress by



a.

giving more power to the other branches of government.

b.

dividing Congress into two houses.

c.

giving all States the same number of representatives in Congress.

d.

making Congress unicameral.

____ 9. If the shape of a congressional district resembles a squiggly piece of spaghetti, what is the most likely explanation?



a.

The district was drawn to follow the course of a river.

b.

The district was drawn to the advantage of the party in control of the State legislature.

c.

The district was drawn so that it would have more people than surrounding districts.

d.

The district was drawn so that it would have fewer people than surrounding districts.

____ 10. Besides screening bills, what is another major function that members of Congress perform as committee members?



a.

the oversight function

b.

responding to constituent requests

c.

taking floor votes

d.

franking

____ 11. Why is the Senate called a “continuous body”?



a.

All of its seats are never up for election at the same time.

b.

The Senate never adjourns.

c.

The Senate never takes recesses.

d.

There is no limit on the number of terms a senator may serve.

____ 12. How many voting members does the House of Representatives have?



a.

50

b.

100

c.

435

d.

565

____ 13. Why is the Senate called the “upper house”?



a.

The Senate is larger than the House.

b.

Senators generally need a wide range of knowledge to serve well.

c.

Senators represent fewer people than members of the House.

d.

The Senate chamber in the Capitol is located above the House chamber.

____ 14. Which is true about most members of the Senate?



a.

Most are women.

b.

Most are lawyers.

c.

Most were born in foreign countries.

d.

Most have no political experience.

____ 15. When members of Congress vote according to what they believe the voters want, they are voting as which of the following?



a.

politicos

b.

partisans

c.

trustees

d.

delegates

____ 16. When would a State elect two senators in the same election?



a.

when one of the Senate seats for that State has been vacated by death, resignation, or expulsion

b.

only when both incumbent senators choose to run for reelection.

c.

never

d.

always

____ 17. What is the minimum number of representatives in Congress (both senators and members of the House) that a State can have?



a.

one

b.

two

c.

three

d.

four

____ 18. Each State’s representation in the Senate is



a.

based on the population of the State.

b.

based on the physical size of the State.

c.

based on how long it has been a State.

d.

equal to that of every other State.

____ 19. Based on Supreme Court cases, which of the following practices is permissible?



a.

drawing congressional districts with widely varying populations

b.

drawing congressional districts based solely on race

c.

drawing district lines using race as one of a mix of factors

d.

drawing “majority-minority” districts

____ 20. Sometimes, members of Congress vote to reflect what the majority of their constituents think about an issue. Which word describes this voting strategy?



a.

delegate

b.

trustee

c.

partisan

d.

politico

____ 21. What is the goal of the Speech or Debate Clause of Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution?



a.

to protect the freedom of legislative debate

b.

to place a limit on the length of legislative debates

c.

to encourage members of Congress to make more public speeches

d.

to protect members of Congress from harassment by the executive branch

____ 22. If the two houses of Congress cannot agree on a date for adjournment, the President may



a.

call for new elections.

b.

call a special session of Congress.

c.

prorogue the session.

d.

change the date the next session begins.

____ 23. In the case of Wesberry v. Sanders, what was the Supreme Court ruling?



a.

Gerrymandering was unconstitutional.

b.

Gerrymandering based only on race was unconstitutional.

c.

States must draw congressional districts of generally equal land area.

d.

States must draw congressional districts of generally equal population.

____ 24. When members of Congress vote based on what the majority of their constituents think about an issue, they are voting as



a.

delegates.

b.

trustees.

c.

partisans.

d.

politicos.

____ 25. What is the total number of full-fledged members of Congress?



a.

100

b.

200

c.

435

d.

535

____ 26. Which of the following comparisons of the House and Senate is true?



a.

The House is larger than the Senate.

b.

Members of the House serve longer terms than senators.

c.

Members of the House represent a larger population than senators.

d.

Members of the House are usually better known than senators.

____ 27. Candidates for the House of Representatives must meet which of the following requirements?



a.

A candidate must have been a citizen of the U.S. for at least seven years.

b.

A candidate must reside in the district he or she represents.

c.

A candidate must be at least 21 years old.

d.

A candidate must be identified with a particular party.



____ 28. Look at the map. Why do you think Congressional District 2 has such an odd shape?

a.

Congressional District 1 has many more people than Congressional District 2.

b.

Congressional District 2 connects the two largest cities in the state.

c.

Congressional District 2 was gerrymandered.

d.

There are not enough people in the western part of the state to have a single district there.

____ 29. Look at the map. Why do you think Congressional District 4 is so small?



a.

It contains one or more major cities.

b.

It is much smaller in population than the other districts in the state.

c.

It has fewer major roads than other districts in the state.

d.

It is a Native American reservation.

____ 30. What is the goal of Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution?



a.

to protect free speech in congressional debates

b.

to allow for additional fringe benefits in years when members of Congress do not receive a raise

c.

to allow members of Congress to mail letters and other materials for free

d.

to protect members of Congress when voting against the wishes of the executive branch

____ 31. When members of Congress cast their votes in line with their party’s platform and the views of their party’s leaders, they are voting as



a.

delegates.

b.

trustees.

c.

partisans.

d.

politicos.

____ 32. The Senate is called a “continuous body” because, unlike the House,



a.

all of its seats are never up for election at the same time.

b.

the Senate never adjourns.

c.

the Senate never takes recesses.

d.

there is no limit on the number of terms a senator may serve.

____ 33. What proportion of senate terms expires every two years?



a.

all

b.

half

c.

one-third

d.

two-thirds

____ 34. Which of the following was an important reason that the Framers favored a bicameral legislature?



a.

Both Parliament and the colonial legislatures were bicameral.

b.

Bicameral legislatures were considered uniquely American.

c.

Bicameral legislatures were considered more democratic.

d.

They believed that the President would dominate a unicameral legislature.

____ 35. When does each new term of Congress begin?



a.

March of every odd-numbered year

b.

March of every even-numbered year

c.

January of every odd-numbered year

d.

January of every even-numbered year

____ 36. How many senators are serving in the Senate today?



a.

22

b.

50

c.

100

d.

435

____ 37. When may the President ask Congress to hold a special session?



a.

when the two houses cannot agree on a date to adjourn

b.

to deal with an emergency situation

c.

to conduct routine business

d.

to force Congress to pass certain legislation

____ 38. What was the main idea of the Supreme Court ruling in Wesberry v. Sanders?



a.

parties may draw district lines to favor their candidates

b.

drawing congressional districts based only on race is unconstitutional

c.

one person’s vote should be worth the same as another’s

d.

Congress should amend the Constitution to address gerrymandering

____ 39. What determines the total number of seats in the House of Representatives?



a.

the Census Bureau

b.

the Supreme Court

c.

Congress

d.

the Constitution

____ 40. Each state is represented according to population in which of the following?



a.

judicial branch

b.

House of Representatives

c.

executive branch

d.

Senate

____ 41. In their role as servants of their constituents, members of Congress



a.

serve on committees in order to screen proposed laws.

b.

help lower tax rates.

c.

help citizens deal with the federal bureaucracy.

d.

vote according to their view of what is best for the country.

____ 42. Most members of Congress



a.

come from rural areas.

b.

are millionaires.

c.

win reelection if they seek it.

d.

have served in other branches.

____ 43. Which of the following comparisons of the House and Senate is true?



a.

The House is larger than the Senate.

b.

House members serve longer terms than Senate members.

c.

House members usually represent a larger population than Senate members.

d.

House members have more media exposure than Senate members.

____ 44. Until 1913, senators were chosen by



a.

their State’s legislature.

b.

their State’s single-member districts.

c.

all voters in their State.

d.

their State’s governor.

____ 45. The term of office for senators is



a.

the same as for members of the House.

b.

twice as long as for members of the House.

c.

three times as long as for members of the House.

d.

four times as long as for members of the House.

____ 46. Who elects the Speaker of the House of Representatives?



a.

the Senate

b.

members of the opposite party

c.

majority party members

d.

all the people in a national election

____ 47. The Framers hoped that ____ would help make the Senate a more responsible body than the House.



a.

shorter sessions

b.

more members

c.

longer terms

d.

higher pay

____ 48. A member of the House must be at least



a.

25 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.

b.

25 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least nine years.

c.

30 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.

d.

30 years old and a citizen of the United States for at least nine years.

____ 49. The most important limit on congressional pay raises is the threat of



a.

voter backlash.

b.

a divided Congress..

c.

a presidential veto.

d.

a constitutional amendment.

____ 50. How many senators does each state have?



a.

one

b.

two

c.

three

d.

four

Government Ch. 10 PRACTICE TEST

Answer Section
MULTIPLE CHOICE
1. ANS: B

Each state has the same number of senators, and so the same number of votes in the Senate.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.240

OBJ: 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Congress | Senate
2. ANS: B

A term of Congress lasts for two years. Each term has two sessions, so a term is longer.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.233

OBJ: 10.1.2 Explain the difference between a term and a session of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Term
3. ANS: D

The number of representatives for each State in the House of Representatives is based on the population of that State. Every 10 years, after each census, the Census Bureau decides on the reapportionment of House seats for each State.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.274

OBJ: 10.2.2 Explain how House seats are reapportioned among the States after each census.

TOP: Congress | Reapportion
4. ANS: A

Until 1933, Congress began each new term on March 4, which allowed for delays in communications and travel. By the 1930s, however, travel and communications were no longer an issue, and the March date gave Congress less time to accomplish its work each year. As a result, the start of each new term was changed, by the 20th Amendment, to January 3.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.270

OBJ: 10.1.2 Explain the difference between a term and a session of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Term
5. ANS: B

Senators and representatives work for the people who elect them. They cast hundreds of votes for or against laws during each session of Congress.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.243

OBJ: 10.4.2 Describe the duties performed by those who serve in Congress.

TOP: Congress | Duties
6. ANS: C

The Senate is a continuous body, meaning that all Senate seats are never up for election at the same time. Only one third of the Senate membership is up for election at any one time.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.241

OBJ: 10.3.2 Describe how senators are elected. TOP: Congress | Senate


7. ANS: D

The number of representatives for each state in the House of Representatives is based on the population of that state. Every ten years, after each census, the Census Bureau decides on the reapportionment of House seats for each state.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.237

OBJ: 10.2.2 Explain how House seats are reapportioned among the States after each census.

TOP: Congress | House
8. ANS: B

The Framers were generally convinced that Congress would dominate the new National Government. They favored a bicameral (two-house) Congress in order that one house might act as a check on the other and prevent the legislative branch from overwhelming the other two branches of government.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.269-A.270

OBJ: 10.1.1 Explain why the Constitution provides for a bicameral Congress.

TOP: Congress | Bicameral
9. ANS: B

Since 1842, each State legislature has been responsible for drawing the congressional districts within its own State. As a result, the political party that controls the State’s legislature often draws the districts in a way that ensures that it will win as many districts as possible.This can lead to districts with very odd shapes.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.277

OBJ: 10.2.3 Describe a typical congressional election and congressional district.

TOP: Congress | District
10. ANS: A

The oversight function is the process by which Congress, through its committees, checks to see that the executive branch agencies are carrying out the policies that Congress has set by law.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.287-A.288

OBJ: 10.4.2 Describe the duties performed by those who serve in Congress.

TOP: Congress | Committee
11. ANS: A

Senators’ terms are staggered, so that only a third of the seats are up for election every two years. There is no limit on the number of terms a senator may serve, but this is also true of the House.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.241

OBJ: 10.3.2 Describe how senators are elected. TOP: Congress | Senate


12. ANS: C

The House of Representatives has 435 seats, which are apportioned among the States on the basis of their respective populations. Each State is guaranteed at least one seat.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.273

OBJ: 10.2.1 Explain how House seats are distributed and describe the length of a term in the House.

TOP: Congress | House of Representatives
13. ANS: B

Senators are often concerned with issues that affect the entire country and so must have a wide range of knowledge.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.240

OBJ: 10.3.3 Explain how and why a senator’s term differs from a representative’s term.

TOP: Congress | Senate
14. ANS: B

More than half of the senators today are lawyers.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.242

OBJ: 10.4.1 Identify the personal and political backgrounds of members of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Backgrounds
15. ANS: D

Delegates see themselves as agents of the people who elected them. They believe they should vote on each issue according to the wishes of the voters.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.243

OBJ: 10.4.2 Describe the duties performed by those who serve in Congress.

TOP: Congress | Privileges
16. ANS: A

Only one senator is elected from a State in any given election, except when the other seat has been vacated by death, resignation, or expulsion.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.282

OBJ: 10.3.2 Describe how senators are elected. TOP: Electoral Process | Senate


17. ANS: C

Each State has two senators, and each State is guaranteed at least one seat in the House no matter what its population. Therefore, the minimum number of representatives in Congress that a State can have is three.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.273| A.281

OBJ: 10.2.1 Explain how House seats are distributed and describe the length of a term in the House. | 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Congress | Representatives
18. ANS: D

The Constitution says that the Senate shall be composed of two senators from each State, regardless of the State’s population.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.281

OBJ: 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Senate | Representation
19. ANS: C

In Hunt v. Cromartie, the Supreme Court ruled that although race cannot be the controlling factor in drawing district lines, it can be one of the mix of factors that shape that process.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.278

OBJ: 10.2.3 Describe a typical congressional election and congressional district.

TOP: Congress | Districts
20. ANS: A

Delegates see themselves as the agents of the people who elected them, so they try to discover what the “folks back home” think about an issue and vote that way.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.243

OBJ: 10.4.2 Describe the duties performed by those who serve in Congress.

TOP: Congress | Voting
21. ANS: A

The Speech or Debate Clause protects representatives and senators from suits for libel or slander arising out of their official conduct. It is intended to protect freedom of legislative debate.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.290

OBJ: 10.4.3 Describe the compensation and privileges of members of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Speech or Debate Clause
22. ANS: C

Neither house of Congress may adjourn without the other’s consent. If the two houses cannot agree on a date for adjournment, Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution gives the President the power to prorogue, or end, the session, but no President has ever had to use that power.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.271

OBJ: 10.1.3 Describe a situation in which the President may convene or end a session of Congress.

TOP: President | Prorogue
23. ANS: D

In its decision in Wesberry v. Sanders, 1964, the Supreme Court set “one person, one vote” as the rule by which congressional districts were to be drawn. That is, it held that the Constitution demands that the states draw congressional districts that are substantially equal in population.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.238

OBJ: 10.2.3 Describe a typical congressional election and congressional district.

TOP: Congress | Wesberry v. Sanders
24. ANS: A

Delegates see themselves as the agents of the people who elected them, so they try to discover what the “folks back home” think about an issue and vote that way.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.287

OBJ: 10.4.2 Describe the duties performed by those who serve in Congress.

TOP: Congress | Voting Options
25. ANS: D

There are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives and 100 senators. Therefore, the total number of full-fledged members of Congress is 535.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.273| A.281

OBJ: 10.2.1 Explain how House seats are distributed and describe the length of a term in the House. | 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Congress | Members
26. ANS: A

The House has 435 members. The Senate has 100 members.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.240

OBJ: 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Congress | Senate
27. ANS: A

The Constitution says that a member of the House must (1) be at least 25 years of age, (2) have been a citizen of the United States for at least seven years, and (3) reside in the state from which he or she is elected. Longstanding custom, not the Constitution, requires that a representative must live in the district he or she represents.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.239

OBJ: 10.2.4 Analyze the formal and informal qualifications for election to the House.

TOP: Congress | Qualifications
28. ANS: C

The shape of Congressional District 2 suggests that it was drawn to the advantage of a party or group.

PTS: 5 DIF: L2 REF: B.238

OBJ: 10.2.3 Describe a typical congressional election and congressional district.

TOP: Congress | Gerrymandering
29. ANS: A

The small size of Congressional District 4 suggests that it contains a concentrated population.

PTS: 5 DIF: L2 REF: B.238

OBJ: 10.2.3 Describe a typical congressional election and congressional district.

TOP: Congress | Districts
30. ANS: A

Article I, Section 6 protects representatives and senators from suits for libel or slander as a result of speeches made in the House or Senate. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that members of Congress can be sued for statements made in public documents, such as newspapers.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.244

OBJ: 10.4.3 Describe the compensation and privileges of members of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Speech or Debate Clause
31. ANS: C

Partisans believe that they owe their first allegiance to their political party, so they feel duty-bound to vote in line with the party platform and the views of their party’s leaders. Most studies of legislators’ voting behavior indicate that partisanship is the leading factor influencing lawmakers’ votes on most important questions.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.287

OBJ: 10.4.2 Describe the duties performed by those who serve in Congress.

TOP: Congress | Partisan
32. ANS: A

Senators’ terms are staggered, so that only a third of the seats are up for election every two years. There is no limit on the number of terms a senator may serve, but this is also true of the House.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.283

OBJ: 10.3.3 Explain how and why a senator’s term differs from a representative’s term.

TOP: Congress | Senate
33. ANS: C

The Senate is a continuous body, which means that all Senate seats are never up for election at the same time. Only one-third of the Senate membership is up for election every two years.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.283

OBJ: 10.3.3 Explain how and why a senator’s term differs from a representative’s term.

TOP: Congress | Senate
34. ANS: A

One of the reasons that the Framers favored a bicameral legislature was that they were already familiar with this type of legislature, since Parliament and most of the colonial legislatures were bicameral.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.269

OBJ: 10.1.1 Explain why the Constitution provides for a bicameral Congress.

TOP: Congress | Bicameral
35. ANS: C

Each term of Congress has two sessions. The first of the two sessions begins in January of every odd-numbered year.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.233

OBJ: 10.1.2 Explain the difference between a term and a session of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Term
36. ANS: C

Two senators are elected from each state. Since there are 50 states, there are 100 senators serving in the Senate today.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.240

OBJ: 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Congress | Senate
37. ANS: B

The President may call a special session of Congress if a serious problem comes up after Congress has adjourned.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.233

OBJ: 10.1.3 Describe a situation in which the President may convene or end a session of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Special Session
38. ANS: C

In Wesberry v. Sanders, 1964, the Court ruled that drawing congressional districts of widely varying populations was unconstitutional because one person’s vote should be worth the same as another’s. This is known as the “one person, one vote” decision.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.238

OBJ: 10.2.3 Describe a typical congressional election and congressional district.

TOP: Congress | Gerrymandering
39. ANS: C

The exact size of the House of Representatives is not fixed by the Constitution, but is set by Congress. Since 1912, it has had 435 seats.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.273

OBJ: 10.2.1 Explain how House seats are distributed and describe the length of a term in the House.

TOP: Congress | House of Representatives
40. ANS: B

The Framers decided that in the House of Representatives each state would be represented according to population.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.232

OBJ: 10.1.1 Explain why the Constitution provides for a bicameral Congress.

TOP: Congress | House
41. ANS: C

Many constituents believe that members of Congress are sent to Washington mostly to do favors for them. As a result, members of Congress (or their staff aides) must act as servants of their constituents—most often by trying to help them in various dealings with the federal bureaucracy.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.288

OBJ: 10.4.2 Describe the duties performed by those who serve in Congress.

TOP: Congress | Duties
42. ANS: C

The average senator is serving a second term, and the typical representative has served four terms. Well over 90% of those members of the House who seek reelection are successful.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.280| A.285-A.286

OBJ: 10.2.4 Analyze the formal and informal qualifications for election to the House. | 10.4.1 Identify the personal and political backgrounds of members of Congress. TOP: Congress | Members


43. ANS: A

The House has 435 members, while the Senate has only 100 members.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.281

OBJ: 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Congress | Senate
44. ANS: A

Originally, the Constitution provided that the members of the Senate were to be chosen by the State legislatures. Since the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, however, senators have been elected by popular vote.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.282

OBJ: 10.3.2 Describe how senators are elected. TOP: Congress | Senate


45. ANS: C

Senators serve for six-year terms, while members of the House serve for two-year terms.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.283

OBJ: 10.3.3 Explain how and why a senator’s term differs from a representative’s term.

TOP: Senate | Term
46. ANS: C

The Speaker is elected by the majority party to run the business of the House for two years.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.236

OBJ: 10.2.1 Explain how House seats are distributed and describe the length of a term in the House.

TOP: Congress | House
47. ANS: C

Many of the Framers thought that members of the House would be too swayed by the immediate impact of events and by the passions of the moment because of their short term of office. By giving senators a longer term of office, they hoped that the Senate would be a more responsible body than the House.

PTS: 5 DIF: L3/L4 REF: A.281

OBJ: 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.

TOP: Congress | Senate
48. ANS: A

Among the formal qualifications for members of the House are age and citizenship requirements. House members must be at least 25 years old, and they must have been citizens of the United States for at least seven years.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.279

OBJ: 10.2.4 Analyze the formal and informal qualifications for election to the House.

TOP: Congress | House of Representatives
49. ANS: A

There are only two real limits on the level of congressional pay—the President’s veto power and fear of voter backlash. The latter is the more potent limit, as fear of election-day fallout makes most members of Congress reluctant to vote to raise their own salaries.

PTS: 3 DIF: L3 REF: A.289

OBJ: 10.4.3 Describe the compensation and privileges of members of Congress.

TOP: Congress | Compensation
50. ANS: B

Every state has two senators. Unlike the House of Representatives, the number of senators representing each state is not based on the state’s population.

PTS: 3 DIF: L2 REF: B.240

OBJ: 10.3.1 Compare the size of the Senate to the size of the House of Representatives.



TOP: Congress | Senate


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