How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup


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Based on the 2014 configuration of Congress, which of the following individuals was most likely to be a member?

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1. You are at a lecture where someone says: ''The members of Congress are representatives of the American peoples' religious views, background, and opinions.'' Which of the following differentiates the general public from members of Congress?

2. You are having a conversation with a friend and when asked about your political affiliation, you reply: 'The same as most Americans.' This means you are affiliated with which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The 535 members of Congress come from a variety of different backgrounds, and this quiz/worksheet combo will teach you where members of Congress fall along racial, gender and political lines. You'll also learn how the demographics of Congress are representative of the demographics of the members' constituents.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The race and gender of the majority of members of Congress
  • The education levels of members of Congress and their constituents
  • The most popular religion claimed to be held by members of Congress
  • The party affiliations of members of Congress

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the diversity of members of Congress in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the racial demographics of Congress with the racial demographics of the rest of the United States population
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the education level of members of Congress and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the demographic makeup of Congress, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how members of Congress break down along age and race lines
  • Differentiate between the religion claimed by constituents and the religion claimed by members of Congress
  • Trace the evolution of diversity in Congress