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So you think you know Congress? Take our quiz.

With job approval ratings in single digits, Congress is at record lows in public opinion. Is it because the nation's lawmakers are truly performing badly? Or is the institution – viewed by Founding Fathers as the preeminent branch – maligned and misunderstood? See how much you know about the Congress. Take our quiz!

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The Capitol dome in Washington.
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Question 1 of 21

1. Why is the House of Representatives called 'the People's House?'

The House was founded at the 1787 Constitutional Convention; the Senate was established by amendment in 1808.

 

The House was originally elected by the people. The Senate was not.

 

House members pay for their own parking.

 

Members of the House are seen as less senior than senators, therefore closer to the people.

 
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