Bicameral Legislature: Definition & Features


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1. Before the 17th Amendment was passed, how were Senators chosen?

2. What is a bicameral legislature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you quickly assess your understanding of a bicameral legislature as it exists at the federal level and in all states but one, how its members are selected and the differences between the two chambers. You'll also learn that there are other countries besides the United States in which bicameral legislatures exist.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition and purpose of a bicameral legislature
  • The length of terms of members of the chambers
  • How the people came to elect senators
  • Qualifications to become a legislator

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you pull the most important information from the discussion on bicameral legislatures
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about bicameral legislatures in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as bicameral and unicameral legislature
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as the different functions of each house in the legislature

Additional Learning

To learn more about bicameral legislatures, review the accompanying lesson. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the features of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate
  • Illustrate how the two chambers can work together
  • Define the qualifications that must be met in order to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate
  • Investigate and identify the types of committees that exist in the House and Senate