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 process of redrawing electoral district boundaries within states.

A
Reapportionment
B
Redistricting
C
Apportionment
D
Gerrymandering
Question 2

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

A
Pork barrel legislation
B
Political efficacy
C
Logrolling
D
Frontloading
Question 3

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

A
Quorum call
B
Filibuster
C
Lame duck session
D
Continuing resolution
Question 4

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

A
Mandate
B
Franking privilege
C
Writ of habeas corpus
D
Incumbency effect
Question 5

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
Question 6

The existing holder of a political office.

A
Incumbent
B
Majority leader
C
Precedent
D
Parliamentarian
Question 7

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

A
Standing committees
B
Select committees
C
Joint committees
D
Conference committees
Question 8

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

A
Majority Leader
B
President pro tempore
C
Majority Whip
D
Minority Leader
Question 9

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

A
Logrolling
B
Rescission
C
Oversight
D
Scorekeeping
Question 10

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

A
Gerrymandering
B
Congressional redistricting
C
Reapportionment
D
Affirmative action
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