Lame Duck in Politics: Definition & Overview


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When does an elected politician have the least influence and power?

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1. What is one criticism of lame duck politicians?

2. Which is an example of a lame duck politician?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

That the lame duck syndrome exists brings with it some plusses and minuses for those who are lame ducks, whether they are legislators or chief executives. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your familiarity with the characteristics of the lame duck period and lame duck politicians.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to measure your knowledge of the following:

  • The nature of the authority of lame duck Congresses
  • When a politician has the least power
  • A main criticism of lame duck politicians
  • The degree of power of a lame duck politician

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on American government
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main concepts, such the various situations in which a politician can be classified as a lame duck
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the nature of the lame duck syndrome

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson Lame Duck in Politics: Definition & Overview. The lesson deals with the following objectives:

  • Discover if there are some positive aspects to being a lame duck politician
  • Enumerate some of the typical behavioral characteristics of a lame duck Congress
  • Discuss how a constitutional amendment might eliminate a large amount of inactivity associated with a lame duck Congress
  • Name a popular action made by most lame duck chief executives
  • Explain why the most substantial legislation achievements occur during the first half of a lame duck President's term