A Senate Quiz

 

How much do you know about the U.S. Senate?


1. Who serves as the President of the Senate?

    a. President Pro Tem      c. Vice-President 

     b.  House Speaker           d. U.S. President

2. Who presides over the Senate?

    a. President Pro Tem      c. Vice-President 

     b.  House Speaker           d. U.S. President

3. When did the U.S. Senate establish its first quorum?

     a. 1788       b. 1789          c. 1790           d. 1800

4. When did the Senate move to Washington, DC?

    a. 1788        b. 1789          c. 1790           d. 1800

5. When did the Senate regularly open its legislative sessions to the public?

    a. 1788        b. 1789          c. 1790           d. 1795

6. Who was the youngest to serve as a senator?

a.      John Eaton

b.      John Adams

c.       William Taft

d.      Lyndon Johnson

7. How were U.S. senators elected before 1913?

a.      by the people

b.      by state legislatures

c.       by state governors

8. Who was the first and only senator elected by a write-in vote?

a.      Strom Thurmond

b.      Lyndon Johnson

c.       Abraham Lincoln

d.      John Quincy Adams

9. Which senator has served longer than any other?        

a.      Strom Thurmond

b.      Jesse Helms

c.       John Quincy Adams

d.      Robert Byrd

10. Who was the first female senator?

a.      Barbara Boxer

b.      Rebecca Fulton

c.      Olympia Snowe

d.      Hattie Ophelia Caraway

11. Who was the first woman to be elected to the Senate?

a.      Hattie Ophelia Caraway

b.      Rebecca Fulton

c.       Eleanor Roosevelt

d.      Barbara Mikulski

12. How many people have served in the Senate, as of 2001?

a. 100             b.  435                        c. 1435            d.  1,864

13. How many women now serve in the Senate?

          a.  None          b.  9                 c. 13                d. 25

14. Who was the first female African-American senator?

a.      Hattie Ophelia Caraway

b.      Rebecca Fulton

c.       Carol Moseley-Braun

d.      Cynthia McKinney

 

 

15. Who was the first former senator to be elected president?

a.      James Monroe

b.      Andrew Johnson

c.       Warren Harding

d.      John Kennedy

16. Who was the first incumbent senator to be elected president?

a.      Warren Harding

b.      Andrew Johnson

c.       James Monroe

d.      John Kennedy

17. Who was the only senator to die in a duel while in office?

a.      David Broderick

b.      Aaron Burr

c.       Alexander Hamilton

d.      William Jennings Bryan

18. Who was the only senator to serve from three states?

a.      James Shield

b.      Strom Thurmond

c.      William Jennings Bryan

d.      Jesse Helms

19. Who was the only president later to become a senator?

a.      Andrew Johnson

b.      John Quincy Adams

c.       Franklin Roosevelt

d.      Gerald Ford

20. How many senators have later became president?

a. 5                  b. 10               c. 15                d. 20

21. When did regular TV broadcasts of Senate proceedings begin?

a. 1954           b. 1975           c.  1986          d.  1992

 

 

22. Who was the first Asian-American to serve in the Senate?

          a. Hiram Fong                       b. Daniel Inouye  

c. Samuel Hayakawa            d. Spark Matsunaga

23.  Who was the first Hispanic-American to serve in the Senate?

a.      Octaviano Larrazolo   b. Dennis Chavez   c.  Joseph Montoya

(all are from New Mexico)

24. Who was the first Native-American to serve in the Senate?

a.      Charles Curtis (Kaw)

b.      Robert Owen (Cherokee)

c.       Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Chayenne)

25. Who holds the record for the longest filibuster, and when did it take place?

a.      Strom Thurmond

b.      William Jennings Bryan

c.       Jimmy Stewart, in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington