Constitutional Trivia – 10 Very Tough Questions
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Question 7 – Who administers the oath of office to the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

The member with the greatest length of service – i.e. most seniority - usually administers the oath to the Speaker (See: Art. I, sec. 5, cl. 2).

Ok. So that question was a little easier than some of the others. How did you fare?

Question 8 – Must all revenue and appropriation bills originate in the House of Representatives?

The U.S. Constitution provides that all bills raising revenue must originate in the House of Representatives. However, while appropriation bills customarily originate in the House of Representatives, the U.S. Constitution does not mandate it. (See: Art. I, sec. 7, cl. 1).

Question 9 – Why is a member of the House of Representatives referred to on the floor as, for example, "the gentleman from Ohio," instead of by name?

The purpose of this custom is to avoid the use of personal names in debate so as to avoid a possible breach of decorum and to separate the political from the personal character of each representative. (See: Art. I, sec. 6, cl. 1).

Next, we’ll take a look at question 10.