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Answers -- Fun, Facts, and Trivia
February 2003 Issue

The Dirksen Center wants to help teachers teach better by giving them the opportunity to use technology to create, customize, and share online learning activities in their classrooms. The Center wants to help students learn more by bringing educational resources together in one place that provide new ways to learn about Congress interactively.

Knowing About Congress

Knowing about Congress could be considered an effective lobbying tool. Find out how much you already know, or learn as you go, using the online flashcards that you can flip through, print in a variety of formats with custom fonts and font sizes, or download to a Palm Pilot or Windows CE device. Find Knowing About Congress at: http://www.congressforkids.net/games/senate/2_senate.htm

Congressional “Brain” Power

1. Congress took advantage of one of its implied powers when, in the _____ _____ Act of 1973, it tried to regulate when the President could send U. S. troops into combat on foreign soil.

A) Reapportionment
B) War Powers
C) Civil Rights

2. The last clause of Article I, Section 8 gives Congress its _____.

A) expressed powers
B) implied powers
C) enumerated powers
D) power of the purse

3. True or False: The elastic clause is used to justify wide expansion of government authority.
Answer: True

Student Web Activity

Congressional powers are used to conduct investigations and for legislative oversight. The history of Congressional oversight dates back to the 1792 investigation of the government’s handling of the Indian Wars. Teachers, have your students conduct further research to learn about other cases of Congressional oversight investigations. You could have them create an annotated time line of these events using a poster board or presentation software. Along with the date, suggest that they write a brief summary of the background and highlights of the investigation. It would be really cool if they included pictures or illustrations to make their timeline more visually appealing. Your students will find these Web sites helpful:

Find “The General Principles of Congressional Oversight” at:
http://www.aboutgovernment.org/legislativebranch.htm

Find “Committees of the House of Representatives” at:
http://www.aboutgovernment.org/legislativebranch.htm

Find “The Weakening of Congressional Oversight” at:
http://www.aboutgovernment.org/legislativebranch.htm

Answers to January’s issue of Fun, Facts, and Trivia link here: http://www.webcommunicator.org/funfactstrivia0103ans.htm

Do you have or know of an online activity you would like The Dirksen Congressional Center to feature on its new Web site for students -- Congress for Kids? The Center is currently seeking online activities that provide new ways to learn about Congress and the workings of the federal government interactively.

If you have questions or suggestions for online activities, contact Cindy Koeppel.

 
 
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