Past Questions: Congress

Some answered, some not. This is a compilation of all the past paper questions (that were accessible at the time - there may be more now). Good source for practice questions without having to wade through the Edexcel website (which isn't very good...).

HideShow resource information
Preview of Past Questions: Congress

First 345 words of the document:

ShortAnswer Questions (15)
Why do only a small percentage of bills introduced into Congress become laws?
To what extent are the two chambers of Congress equal in power and influence?
What is the role of Committee Chairmen in Congress, and why have they been the
subject of criticism?
Traditionally ­ pigeonhole bills to block further progress substantially rewrite bills and
actively work with other committee members to promote a bill
Recently ­ successive Speakers have limited them by imposed term limits
disregarding seniority to appoint favouring party loyalty intervening directly in
committee proceedings to obtain favoured outcome
Still ­ control committee agenda, funding serve as spokesperson supervise
committee staff
Appointment through seniority rule allows them to run committees for their own
Can disregard national interest ­ borderline undemocratic?
Can be one corner of an iron triangle
Seniority rule also called `senility rule' ­ not always favoured
What is meant by 'porkbarrel politics', and what is its significance in Congress?
How significant is the role of political parties within Congress?
Yes ­ significant
Increasing partisanship (has been argued to be most partisan for over 100 years) ­
currently 73%
Increasing significance of partisanship (e.g. increased use of filibuster, now in
common usage)
Gridlock is more common during divided government suggesting parties play a role
Since Contract With America (from Gingrich in 1994), suggested a stronger, more
confident/less fragmented role for parties
Recent House Speakers have been almost `leader of the opposition' e.g. Boehner,
Pelosi, Gingrich
Committee chairs are always drawn from majority party
No ­ not significant
No centralised party control (threeline whip, collective responsibility)
Campaign funding raised personally (would include with point 1)
Broad church parties with factions within each party, making cohesion rare
Most Congressmen (particularly in House) are driven by constituents, not party
Committee chairs are selected on seniority rule (but always majority party)
Essay Questions (45)

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

Members of Congress are out of touch with the people who elect them.' Discuss.…read more

Page 3

Preview of page 3

Here's a taster:

Personal beliefs apply universally (e.g.…read more


No comments have yet been made

Similar Government & Politics resources:

See all Government & Politics resources »See all resources »