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MTEL History: The American Congress - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter can help you gain the perspective you need on the American Congress as you prepare for the MTEL History Exam. The videos present you with all the relevant topics you need to know, including:
- The definition of Congress
- From bill to law: the process
- Measuring Congress' effectiveness
- The electoral evolution of the Congress
- Reapportionment and redistricting
- Party nomination to Congress
- Incumbency in elections
- Congress and elections
- Representing the American public
Experienced instructors highlight the important elements of the American Congress in order to help with your test preparations. We use multiple approaches to give you several ways of learning about the U.S. Congress and how it functions.
Objectives of the MTEL History: The American Congress Chapter
The MTEL History Exam is a comprehensive exam that evaluates how much you know about the field of history. You'll find topics related to this chapter in the Geography, Government and Economics subarea which makes up 25% of the test. Taking the self-assessment quizzes helps you check on your mastery of the material. It also gives you experience with the kind of questions that will appear on the test.
There are 100 multiple-choice items on the test. You will read a passage followed by questions and an array of possible responses. There are also two open-response items which require the creation of essay arguments on historical topics.
1. What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure
In this lesson, we will review what the United States Congress is. We will take a closer look at the makeup of Congress, what its powers are and what it represents.
2. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process
In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.
3. Measurements of Congress' Effectiveness: Responsibilities & Achievements
In this lesson, we will learn about the responsibilities that members of Congress have to their constituents and the ways in which their effectiveness overall is evaluated.
4. The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline
In this lesson, we will learn about the electoral evolution of the Congress. We will take a closer look at the history behind Congress and the historical evolution of power, procedure and function.
5. Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process
In this lesson, we will review the constitutional requirements for determining congressional districts. We will take a closer look at the process and effects of reapportionment and redistricting.
6. Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate
In this lesson, we will review the process to become a candidate for Congress. We will take a closer look at what the requirements are and what process is to be taken leading up to the election.
7. Incumbency in Contemporary House & Senate Elections: Definition & Advantages
In this lesson, we will review the importance of incumbency in congressional elections. We will take a closer look at the factors that make it an advantage and what they mean to the outcome of an election.
8. National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections
In this lesson, we will learn about the biggest national forces that influence congressional elections, taking a look at how they affect the election results and how the public is influenced by them.
9. Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences
In this lesson, we will review the difference between presidential and congressional campaigns. We will take a closer look at their differences and how they affect the campaign.
10. What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?
In this lesson, we will learn about several important factors that influence the outcome of an election. We will look in-depth at these factors and why they are important in the outcome of an election.
11. How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup
In this lesson, we will review how the 113th United States Congress represents the demographics of the American people. We will take a closer look at the demographic makeup of Congress and how it relates to those representations in the population.
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- American Government Overview
- Important Documents & Speeches in US History
- Constitutional Democracy Overview
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- Understanding Civil Rights in the U.S.
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- Demand, Supply & Market Equilibrium
- Aggregate Demand & Supply
- Economic Measurement
- Federal Government & the American Economy
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