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QUIZ QUESTIONS

PARLIAMENTARY LAW

(The numbers refer to the numbered sections in the text.)

1. What are the source and origin of parliamentary law? 2. What two kinds of assemblies are there and how do they

differ as to the right of membership? 3. State the proper method of organizing deliberative bodies.

To whom is control of the same entrusted ? 4. A asserts that he has been elected a member of the board of

county commissioners, and demands admission to their sessions. What credentials must he produce in order to es

tablish his right? 5. A deliberative assembly announces that it will be governed

with regard to the order of its proceeding by Roberts'

Rules of Order. May it modify these rules at all? 6. (a) What is meant by a quorum? (b) Suppose that the

provision of law by which the deliberative body acquires its powers, requires that a majority of all its members be present before it may transact business. May it act in the

absence of such majority ? 7. Jones, a director in a corporation, upon arriving at the

meeting place of the directors, learns that the presiding officer has violated the rules prescribing the regular order of business, and has disposed of a matter in which Jones was interested, out of its turn. Has Jones any just cause

of complaint ! 8. In the absence of by-laws or other specific regulations, how

is the will of the assembly to be ascertained ? 9. Assume that the presiding officer of a deliberative body de

sires to make an argument upon one side or the other of a question. What ought he to do?

10. In choosing a clerk or recording officer what qualifications

should be considered? 11. State in a general way the duty of the recording officer with

reference to keeping a record of the proceedings. 12. One member of a deliberative assembly is addressing the

chair. Under what circumstances may another member in

terrupt him? 13. Suppose a member of a deliberative body is expelled. What

remedy, if any, has he to gain reinstatement ? 14. A makes a motion, B seconds said motion. Upon its being

inquired into, it is ascertained that B is not a duly qualified member of the body. Ought the chair to entertain A's mo

tion ? 15. To what extent, if at all, may the chairman of his own mo

tion bring the consideration of new business before the as

sembly! 16. When a member desires to be heard in any matter how

should he proceed and what ought the presiding officer to do

in recognition of such proceedings ? 17. Upon being recognized by the chair what should the member

next do in order to bring the matter in which he is inter

ested before the assembly? 18. Who may present petitions and in what way should they be

called to the attention of those who are to pass upon them! 19. What is the necessity of, and the reason for, a second to a

motion ? 20. At what point in the proceedings may the propriety of a

motion be questioned or its debate be entered upon ? 21. How should the vote on a motion or resolution be taken and

recorded ! 22. How should the chairman proceed to bring the matter be

fore the body for deliberation and determination ? 23. Under what circumstances, if at all, is the presiding officer

permitted to cast a ballot? 24. A motion is regularly before the house. What other motions,

if any, may properly be entertained before proceeding to its

consideration ? 25. Name the usual subsidiary motions and state their several

uses and purposes.

26. What is the effect of a motion properly made and carried to

lay the principal motion or resolution on the table ? 27. The principal motion is before the assembly; subsidiary mo

tions have been made; a member desires a ruling on the

original motion. What should he do? 28. When may a motion to postpone indefinitely be interposed

and is such a motion ever debatable ? 29. What is the object of a motion to postpone a matter in ques

tion to a definite time? 30. The chairman desires to submit the matter to a committee;

there is no standing committee for such purpose. May he appoint a special committee without definite authority from

the assembly? 31. By what two proceedings may defects in a motion or resolu

tion be corrected ? 32. An amendment to the main proposition is offered; an amend

ment to this amendment is offered. Ought the chairman to

consider the latter before the former has been disposed of! 33. Name, define and classify privileged motions. Under what

circumstances are such motions available ? 34. Under what circumstances is a motion to adjourn proper,

and when, if at all, is it open to debate ! 35. Suppose a motion to adjourn to a special time and place is

made. Is such motion debatable, and if so, in what par

ticular, 36. Under what circumstances is a motion to take a recess

privileged and when is it open to debate? 37. Into what two general classes may questions of privilege be

divided and what is the order of preference between them? 38. Who decides whether a question suggested by a member is

privileged or not? 39. A member of an assembly is discussing on the floor some

matter extrinsic to the regular order of business; motion is made to take up instead the regular order of business.

Should such motion be entertained? 40. Classify incidental motions; state their use and purpose. 41. A question is stated; a member desires to object to its con

sideration on the ground that decision thereon is outside the purposes of the assembly. May he do so, and if so, in what manner

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42. When may a member raise the question of order? 43. A appeals from the ruling of the chair. Who ultimately

decides the appeal, and to what extent, if at all, may the

chairman participate in the discussion thereof? 44. Under what circumstances may a member demand the read

ing of papers bearing upon the question in issue? 45. A member makes a motion and later on desires to withdraw

it. How should he proceed and what should the chairman

do? 46. A matter is proposed for determination contrary to some

established rule of procedure. If it is otherwise a proper matter for consideration, how may this objection be over

come? 47. What incidental motions give an assembly complete control

of its business? 48. State which incidental motions take precedence over the

others. 49. What is meant by a vote to reconsider, and what matters

may be taken up for discussion by virtue of such motion! 50. Where it is necessary for two deliberative bodies to take

action upon the same matter before the same can be fully determined, and a disagreement arises between them, what

is the proper course of procedure ? 51. A member having been recognized by the chair, under what

circumstances may he properly be interrupted ? 52. A committee is appointed; the chairman of the body appoints

a chairman of such committee. Is the committee bound to

abide by such appointment? 53. In what way should the committee report the result of its

deliberations to the body? Is it necessary that its cor

clusion be unanimous ? 54. When the committee reports, what action should next be

taken? 55. Under what circumstances is it proper for a deliberative

body to resolve itself into a committee of the whole? State in a general way how such committee should proceed.

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