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Which of the following is NOT one of the benefits which go with the job of being a member of Congress?
A budget to support office staff
Subsidized housing in the Virginia or Maryland suburbs of D.C.
A salary of over $150,000
Free use of the mails to communicate with constituents
Free office space in Washington, D.C., and in the constituency from which elected
The Constitution specifies that Member of the House must be _____ years of age; they Senators must be_____ years of age.
Which of the following statements is TRUE?
Fewer women than men become major party nominees for office.
Women with children report lower levels of political ambition than do men.
Women without children report lower levels of political ambition than do men.
Both a and b.
All of the above.
Reasons that incumbent Senators have greater competition than incumbent members of the House include all of the following EXCEPT
Senators tend to draw more visible challengers.
voters are less likely to know the issue positions of their Senators than their Representatives.
Senators have less personal contact with their constituencies.
an entire state is more diverse than a congressional district, providing more of a base for opposition.
Senate challengers are better funded than House challengers.
The role of party identification in voters' choices in congressional campaigns is
much less significant than in presidential campaigns.
important, since voters who identify with a party vote for House candidates of that party approximately 90 percent of the time.
not important at all, and never really has been.
slightly important in a few districts, not important in most others.
so insignificant, since voters who identify with a party vote for House candidates of that party approximately 55 percent of the time.
Nebraska's legislature is the only one in the United States that is NOT
under term limits.
elected by the voters.
________ members present and voting can halt a filibuster by voting for cloture.
The principal leader of the minority party in the House or in the Senate is called the
president pro tempore
Committee chairs play a dominant role in
All of the above.
None of the above.
Caucuses in Congress
mobilize votes for favored legislation.
press committees to hold hearings.
push their preferred legislation.
all of the above
none of the above
Since the 1970s, power in Congress has become more
decentralized with the proliferation of subcommittees and caucuses.
dependent on the relationship between the members of Congress and the president as the chief legislator.
centralized, with more power in the hands of senior party leaders.
constructive in terms of the relationship between the constituents and their Representatives due to a large increase in well-informed constituents.
controlled by the influence of interest groups and PACs.
The notion that presidential leadership of Congress is "at the margins" suggests that presidential leadership consists in
reshaping the contours of the political landscape to pave the way for change.
muscling favored legislation through Congress.
calling each member of Congress personally to discuss favored legislation.
facilitating coalition building.
all of the above.
Which of the following statements regarding party politics is FALSE?
In the 1970s, many analysts believed that Americans were growing less partisan.
In 2001, when George W. Bush took office, the views of the parties in Congress had moved further apart than any other time since World War I.
In 2001, when George W. Bush took office, the views of the parties in Congress converged, moving closer together than they had been since World War I.
The Democrats and Republicans in Congress grew further apart during George W. Bush's term as president.
Both a and c.
On a typical issue, the primary determinant of a congressional member's vote is
the position of the president.
constituent preferences as indicated by extensive polling.
the position of their party leaders.
the toss of a coin.
Legislators who use their best judgment to make policy in the interests of the people are called
The first woman to serve as Speaker of the House was Hillary Clinton.
There are 435 members of the House and 100 Senators.
Members of Congress are not substantially affected in their reelection bids by the ups and downs of the economy.
Helping a constituent obtain a Social Security check is a form of casework.
PACs often make contributions AFTER elections
The House is less centralized than is the Senate.
Filibusters occur in the Senate, but not the House.
Oversight is one of the checks that Congress exercises over the executive branch.
As part of the congressional reforms of the 1970s, Congress strengthened the seniority rule in selecting committee chairs.
The strongest influence on how a member of the House of Representatives will vote is his or her party leadership.
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