So you think you know Congress? Take our quiz.

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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!

By , Staff writer

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

House members are directly elected by voters every two years, while senators are elected every six years, and the president every four. This means, in principle, that House members should be more responsive to the will of the people. Also, James Madison convinced the Constitutional Convention that by letting state legislatures choose senators, the Senate would be protected from the "fickleness and passion" of the general public and the House. Not until 1913 with the 17th Amendment were US senators elected by popular vote. Still, only a third of the Senate is up for election in any campaign cycle.

House members are directly elected by voters every two years, while senators are elected every six years, and the president every four. This means, in principle, that House members should be more responsive to the will of the people. Also, James Madison convinced the Constitutional Convention that by letting state legislatures choose senators, the Senate would be protected from the "fickleness and passion" of the general public and the House. Not until 1913 with the 17th Amendment were US senators elected by popular vote. Still, only a third of the Senate is up for election in any campaign cycle.

House members are directly elected by voters every two years, while senators are elected every six years, and the president every four. This means, in principle, that House members should be more responsive to the will of the people. Also, James Madison convinced the Constitutional Convention that by letting state legislatures choose senators, the Senate would be protected from the "fickleness and passion" of the general public and the House. Not until 1913 with the 17th Amendment were US senators elected by popular vote. Still, only a third of the Senate is up for election in any campaign cycle.

House members are directly elected by voters every two years, while senators are elected every six years, and the president every four. This means, in principle, that House members should be more responsive to the will of the people. Also, James Madison convinced the Constitutional Convention that by letting state legislatures choose senators, the Senate would be protected from the "fickleness and passion" of the general public and the House. Not until 1913 with the 17th Amendment were US senators elected by popular vote. Still, only a third of the Senate is up for election in any campaign cycle.

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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