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Ch 61: NES: Congressional Powers & Representation

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This chapter gives you a quick and easy way to review congressional powers and representation for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NES: Congressional Powers & Representation - Chapter Summary

Let us help you dust off your knowledge of congressional representation and powers with these lessons and quizzes. You'll cover topics you need to know for the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam like the candidacy process, influences on congressional elections and how congressional bills are enacted into laws. By the end of the chapter, you'll have reviewed the following:

  • Powers and structure of Congress
  • Formal process for a bill to become a law
  • Measurements of congressional effectiveness
  • Evolution of Congress
  • Congressional reappointment and redistricting
  • Process of congressional candidacy
  • Advantages of incumbency in elections
  • Congressional campaigns compared to presidential campaigns
  • Factors that influence elections
  • Demographic makeup of Congress

Each of these lessons will catch you up on key topics in less than ten minutes. Use the timeline tags to quickly jump to the points in the lesson that you want to focus on. Find out what areas you are strong in and what you need to work on with the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson.

NES: Congressional Powers & Representation Objectives

This chapter is designed to help you prepare for questions about Congress in the Government subsection of the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam, which makes up approximately 19% of the total score. The exam is part of the licensure process for social science teachers in certain states. You'll answer 150 multiple-choice questions on history, geography, culture, government and economics. The test takes three hours to complete and is delivered electronically.

11 Lessons in Chapter 61: NES: Congressional Powers & Representation
What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

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.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

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.

Measurements of Congress' Effectiveness: Responsibilities & Achievements

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.

The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline

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.

Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process

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.

Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate

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.

Incumbency in Contemporary House & Senate Elections: Definition & Advantages

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.

National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections

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.

Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences

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.

What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?

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.

How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup

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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