Filibuster: Definition, History, Rules & Examples


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How do the Senate and House of Representatives differ on the issue of filibusters?

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1. How can a filibuster be stopped in today's Senate?

2. How did the tradition of filibuster arise?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The filibuster is a parliamentary procedure used to prevent voting on a certain bill, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the factors that led to the creation of the filibuster and the rules governing its use.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Which chamber of Congress allows the filibuster
  • Origin of the procedure
  • Pros and cons attached to the filibuster
  • Rules governing filibusters

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the filibuster
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history and rules of the filibuster
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as past and present rules governing filibusters
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding some of the most famous uses of the filibuster in American politics

Additional Learning

To learn more about this particular parliamentary procedure, review the corresponding lesson on the Filibuster History & Rules. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the origin of the filibuster
  • Identify the praise and criticisms leveled at the procedure
  • Define the rules surrounding the filibuster