What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure


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The Necessary and Proper Clause empowers Congress with the ability to make all laws that are necessary and proper for carrying into execution the laws that are enumerated in the Constitution. This is where we derive the _____ of Congress.

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1. Congress has the authority to lay and collect taxes from the American people. Which of the following provides Congress with that capacity?

2. Which of the following was established by Article I of the United States Constitution?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet focuses on testing your knowledge of the power and structure of Congress through topics such as where Congress meets.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The questions in this quiz/worksheet can help you identify:

  • Implied powers of Congress
  • The article of the US Constitution that creates Congress
  • How a term of Congress is defined

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the power and structure of Congress
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a term of Congress
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the sections of the Constitution that relate to Congress

Additional Learning

Learn more about this government body by referring to the lesson titled What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure. Use the information in the lesson to help you with the following objectives:

  • Define and identify the purpose of Congress
  • Understand how Congress is structured
  • Recognize Congress' powers and from where those powers come
  • Know the key terms in Congressional procedure, including a term, a session, and joint sessions