What is the National Budget? - Definition, History & Process


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Which one of the following is the best explanation of a national budget?

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1. Who determines the level of spending in the federal government each year?

2. Why did government spending increase in the 20th century?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Government spending is laid out in a budget that the worksheet and quiz for this lesson will help you to better understand. Specific details include the role in spending of the different branches of government and a history on the formulation of budgets in government.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The tools for this lesson will test you on:

  • The role of Congressional committees
  • An explanation of a national budget
  • Spending levels in the Federal government
  • Increases in government spending
  • The relationship between Congress and the president

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will assess the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of a national budget to understand government spending
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the national budget
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the duties of Congress relating to the budget

Additional Learning

Learn more about the financial role of government by the reviewing the associated lesson What is the National Budget? - Definition, History & Process. Work on these objectives with this lesson:

  • Identify the factors that can lead to an increase in spending
  • Understand the process used to create a budget
  • Distinguish the roles that the president and Congress have in crafting a budget
  • Understand the purpose of a Budget Committee
  • Discover the contents of a national budget