Unit 2: How U.S. Government Works

Unit 2: How U.S. Government Works 

Understand how U.S. government works 

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  1. 00:01:31 

    Name the levels of government in the U.S.? 


  2. 00:02:18 

    True or false. Each level of government is divided into three branches? 

    • True 

    • False


  3. 00:04:38 

    Which state has the most House of Representative members? 

    • Texas

    • Alaska

    • California 

    • New York


  4. 00:05:46 

    How does the House of Representatives organize its 435 members so work gets done? 

    • They vote on each issue

    • They use a committee system

    • The House originates all spending bills

    • States with more members have more power


  5. 00:06:29 

    Members of the House of Representatives serve for how many years? 

    • Two

    • Four

    • Six

    • Eight


  6. 00:07:26 

    True or false; all senators stand for reelection every six years? 

    • True

    • False


  7. 00:08:05 

    What's the advantage of having staggered (not all at one time) elections for senators? 

    • The legislative branch has more power. 

    • It prevents legislative revolutions.

    • It's more representative of changes in the country's population. 

    • It's more likely new laws will be proposed. 


  8. 00:08:58 

    What was the great legislative compromise used to ratify the U.S. Constitution? 

    • More populated states had more votes in the House of Representatives 

    • Every state, regardless of population, would be equally represented in the Senate.

    • Only 1/3 of senators would stand for reelection every two years. 

    • All spending bills had to begin in the House of Representatives 


  9. 00:09:45 

    Which of the following is not a power of the Senate? 

    • Ratify (give official consent) to all treaties 

    • Impeach the president 

    • Declare war

    • Ratify (give official consent) Supreme Court judges


  10. 00:11:16 

    It's more prestigious to be a... 

    • Senator 

    • Member of the House of Representatives 


  11. 00:13:26 

    Most bills that are introduced in Congress are... 

    • Voted on 

    • Killed in committee

    • Debated 

    • Sent to the president 


  12. 00:14:46 

    A conference committee is made up of... 

    • Senators 

    • Members of the House of Representatives 

    • Senators and House members 

    • Leaders of the Senate and the House


  13. 00:15:40 

    A presidential veto is a way for the president to... 

    • Show his support for a bill

    • Stop a bill becoming law

    • Get 60% of the support of Congress

    • Send a bill back to conference committee


  14. 00:16:51 

    What amendment prevents a president from seeking a third term in office? 

    • 15th Amendment 

    • 22nd Amendment 

    • 11th Amendment 

    • 4th Amendment 


  15. 00:18:48 

    A bully pulpit can best be defined as... 

    • A position that allows you to bully lawmakers in to supporting your legislation 

    • A public office that allows your opinion to be heard very loudly 

    • A political position that is often picked on by other politicians 

    • A weak political position 


  16. 00:20:52 

    A lame duck president is a president who... 

    • Has not been an effective president 

    • Is coming to the end of his second term in office

    • Is coming to the end of his first term in office

    • Has declared he will not use his pardon powers


  17. 00:22:38 

    Which of the following cannot cause a vacancy on the Supreme Court? 

    • A justice is voted off the court

    • A justice dies while still serving on the court

    • A justice retires 

    • A justice is impeached by the Senate 


  18. 00:27:03 

    John Adams's appointments of 'midnight judges' was an effort to make sure... 

    • His friends had jobs

    • That Federalist policies would continue when the president wasn't a Federalist 

    • That William Marbury was made a judge 

    • Thomas Jefferson wouldn't be reelected 


  19. 00:29:47 

    The supreme law of the United States is... 

    • Laws passed by Congress

    • Laws passed by Congress and signed by the president 

    • The U.S. Constitution 

    • Precedents set by the Supreme Court


  20. 00:30:29 

    Marbury vs. Madison... 

    • Established the Supreme Court as a third branch of government 

    • Established the precedent of judicial review

    • Gave the Supreme Court the power to determine if a law is unconstitutional

    • All of the above


  21. 00:33:19 

    Which state has a unicameral (one chamber) legislature? 

    • Nebraska

    • California 

    • New York

    • Vermont 


  22. 00:34:09 

    A state's executive branch of government is... 

    • Its governor 

    • Its Supreme Court

    • Senate

    • Legislature 


  23. 00:35:46 

    A mayor is an example of... 

    • The executive level of government

    • The executive branch of government at the local level

    • The executive level of government at the local branch of government 

    • A executive level of government 


  24. 00:36:10 

    At the local level most legislatures are... 

    • Made up to two chamber

    • Made up of one chamber 

    • Controlled by the executive branch

    • Controlled by the judicial branch 


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