Congressional Terms Quiz

This Legislative Branch vocabulary quiz covers the most important government vocabulary words with respect to the United States Congress. This test reviews all aspects of the legislative branch including Congressional elections, Congressional leadership, the committee system, the powers of Congress, the lawmaking process, and legislative tactics.

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Question 1
The practice of strategically redrawing congressional district boundaries in order to favor a particular political party or group.

A
Reapportionment
B
Congressional redistricting
C
Gerrymandering
D
Affirmative action
Question 2
The existing holder of a political office.

A
Majority leader
B
Parliamentarian
C
Precedent
D
Incumbent
Question 3
The right of Members of Congress to send mail to their constituents without postage.

A
Franking privilege
B
Writ of habeas corpus
C
Incumbency effect
D
Mandate
Question 4
Permanent legislative panels in the House or Senate that specialize in the consideration of particular subject areas.

A
Select committees
B
Conference committees
C
Joint committees
D
Standing committees
Question 5
The exchange of political favors by legislators, such as trading votes.

A
Political efficacy
B
Pork barrel legislation
C
Logrolling
D
Frontloading
Question 6
The process of redrawing electoral district boundaries within states.

A
Redistricting
B
Apportionment
C
Gerrymandering
D
Reapportionment
Question 7
The Senator who presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.

A
Majority Whip
B
Majority Leader
C
President pro tempore
D
Minority Leader
Question 8
Congressional review and supervision of federal agencies, programs, and activities.

A
Logrolling
B
Rescission
C
Scorekeeping
D
Oversight
Question 9
The obstructive tactic that is used by Senators to block legislation by debating it at length.

A
Lame duck session
B
Quorum call
C
Filibuster
D
Continuing resolution
Question 10
The Senate procedure to end a filibuster, which needs the votes of three-fifths of the full Senate in order to pass.

A
Rescission
B
Cloture
C
Reconciliation
D
Riddick's Senate Procedure
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