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

Permanent legislative panels in the House or Senate that specialize in the consideration of particular subject areas.

A
Standing committees
B
Select committees
C
Conference committees
D
Joint committees
Question 2

The existing holder of a political office.

A
Precedent
B
Parliamentarian
C
Incumbent
D
Majority leader
Question 3

The Senator who presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.

A
President pro tempore
B
Minority Leader
C
Majority Whip
D
Majority Leader
Question 4

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

A
Congressional redistricting
B
Affirmative action
C
Gerrymandering
D
Reapportionment
Question 5

The right of Members of Congress to send mail to their constituents without postage.

A
Mandate
B
Writ of habeas corpus
C
Incumbency effect
D
Franking privilege
Question 6

The exchange of political favors by legislators, such as trading votes.

A
Political efficacy
B
Pork barrel legislation
C
Logrolling
D
Frontloading
Question 7

The obstructive tactic that is used by Senators to block legislation by debating it at length.

A
Lame duck session
B
Continuing resolution
C
Filibuster
D
Quorum call
Question 8

The Senate procedure to end a filibuster, which needs the votes of three-fifths of the full Senate in order to pass.

A
Reconciliation
B
Riddick's Senate Procedure
C
Rescission
D
Cloture
Question 9

Congressional review and supervision of federal agencies, programs, and activities.

A
Rescission
B
Logrolling
C
Scorekeeping
D
Oversight
Question 10

The process of redrawing electoral district boundaries within states.

A
Reapportionment
B
Redistricting
C
Apportionment
D
Gerrymandering
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