Part 4.2: US Government: Legislature/Congress (Answers)

Check your answers for the questions in:

Part Four: US Government

Section Two: The Legislature

13. Name one branch or part of the government.

  • Congress
  • legislative
  • President
  • executive
  • the courts
  • judicial

14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

  • checks and balances
  • separation of powers

16. Who makes federal laws?

  • Congress
  • Senate and House (of Representatives)
  • (US or National) Legislature

17. What are the two parts of the US Congress?

  • the Senate and the House (of Representatives)

18. How many US Senators are there?

  • one hundred (100)

19. We elect a US Senator for how many years?

  • six (6)

20. Who is one of your state’s US Senators now?

  • Kay Hagan
  • Richard Burr 

21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

  • four hundred thirty-five (435)

22. We elect a US Representative for how many years?

  • two (2)

23. Name your US Representative.

24. Who does a US Senator represent?

  • all people of the state

25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?

  • (because of) the state’s population
  • (because) they have more people
  • (because) some states have more people

47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

  • (John) Boehner

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