Article I & Pelosi

Multiple-Choice Questions.

To assess your knowledge and skills in government and politics answer these sample multiple-choice questions. Here are some text-based questions on the Congress. The correct answers will appear below the questions.


The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.Article I of the U.S. Constitution


1. What are the primary purposes for these provision in the Constitution?

(A) To assure that even members of Congress are not above the law

(B) To divided the legislature into two houses

(C) To assure members of the legislature are compensated and protected from unlawful arrest

(D) To assure members are present to vote on bills and resolutions


2. What liberty is paramount and protected in this provision?

(A) Freedom of speech

(B) Freedom of religion

(C) The right to counsel

(D) The power to veto


I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership not partisanship. And I look forward to working with you Mr. Boehner, and the Republicans in the Congress for the good of the American people . . . In this house we may be different parties, but we serve one country. Our pride and our prayers are united behind our men and women in uniform. They are working together to protect the American people. And in this Congress we must work together to build a future worthy of their sacrifice . . . I congratulate all members on your election to Congress . . . The genius of our founders was that every two years, new members would bring to his house their spirit of renewal and hope for the American people.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, January 4, 2007


3. Which of the following statements is most in line with the Speaker’s declaration?

(A) The House is composed largely of Republicans and Democrats, and always will be.

(B) The House is the premier chamber of the legislature.

(C) The two political parties should come together for the benefit of the military.

(D) Incumbent members are the most likely to return to Congress after election.


4. Which congressional custom resulted in Democrat Nancy Pelosi elected as Speaker of the House?

(A) the majority party rules

(B) women are guaranteed voting

(C) the committee’s seniority system

(D) open rules


And the answers are . . .
C, A, C, and A

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