Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems


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Which of the following best describes a single member electoral district?

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1. What factor determines how many representatives a state has in the House of Representatives?

2. Which term describes a system in which the number of seats held by members of a political party in a legislature is determined by the number of votes its candidates receive in an election?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Representation of people and places in the U.S. depends upon the kind of system a district employs. This quiz/worksheet combo will gauge your understanding of electoral representation and will test you on facts about single and multi-member districts, as well as how state representation is determined for the House of Representatives.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The system most used in U.S. elections
  • Meaning of a single-member electoral district
  • The term for a system in which the number of seats held by a political party is determined by the number of votes received
  • Factor determining how may representatives a state has in the House of Representatives

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 related political science lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of electoral representation to answer questions about single and multi-member districts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how the House of Representatives systemizes district representation state by state

Additional Learning

Want to learn more about political representation? Then check out the lesson Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe how the United States electoral system was established
  • Understand how congressional districts allow for representation of people and places
  • Differentiate between single and multi-member districts
  • Define proportional representation
  • Compare proportional representation to a single-member system