Structure, Power, Function of Congress

Multiple-Choice Questions.

To assess your knowledge and skills in government and politics answer these sample multiple-choice questions. Here are some straight-forward questions that somewhat resemble those on the new AP National exam on the Congress. The correct answers will appear below the questions.


1. Which of these legislative devices increased representative democracy?

(A) the Hold

(B) Seniority system

(C) Filibuster

(D) Discharge petition


2. When the Senate Judiciary Committee passes a proposed crime bill by a vote of 11 to 10, which of the following scenarios is most likely to follow?

(A) The Supreme Court will review the bill for constitutionality.

(B) President will sign the bill.

(C) The House of Representatives will take up the bill.

(D) The full Senate will consider the bill.


3. Which congressional leader is most likely to round up support from his or her own party’s members for a party-sponsored bill?

(A) House Whip

(B) President Pro Tempore of the Senate

(C) Speaker of the House

(D) Senate Majority Leader


4. Which of the following is the best example of congressional oversight?

(A) Congress fails to open a session on the January 3 or the scheduled day

(B) Congress oversees the implementation of policy by the executive branch

(C) Congress verifies the legitimacy of a national election

(D) A Congress member overseeing the well-being of his or her district


And the answers are . . .
D, D, A, and B

What could you examine or review to assure you can answer on this type of question, or a harder one, next time again?