What are the key differences between the Westminster parliament and the US Congress?

What are the key differences between the Westminster parliament and the US Congress?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will learn about the similarities and differences between Westminster and Congress. You will compare the political systems of both the UK and US before making a judgement on how similar they are.


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5 Questions

Who is the current leader of North Korea?
Boris Johnson
Kim Il-Sung
Correct answer: Kim Jong-Un
There is no leader
What type of government does North Korea have?
Correct answer: Dictatorship
Direct Demcoracy
Representative Democracy
As a result of only being able to vote for one party, which human right is violated in North Korea?
Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment
Correct answer: Freedom of expression and free and fair elections
Freedom of speech
Right to live your life free of discrimination
True or false? Government controlling the media is part of a democratic system of rule
Correct answer: False
True or false? You would be able to purchase a McDonalds meal in North Korea
Correct answer: False

6 Questions

What is the best description of a political system?
Political systems are unitary or federal systems.
Political systems are similar to any type of system such as the railway system
Correct answer: The things or processes that work together to enable politics to work and political decisions to be taken.
Which word means: 'two chambers' when thing about the legislative branch of government?'
Correct answer: Bicameral
Bicarbonate of soda
Congress is made up of:
The House of Representatives and the House of Commons
Correct answer: The House of Representatives and the Senate
The Senate and the House of Cards
Which house has representatives that serve for 5 years?
Correct answer: House of Commons
House of Lords
House of Representatives
Which of these houses is the only one that is not elected?
House of Commons
Correct answer: House of Lords
House of Representatives
Which of these is a positive of having a Bicameral system?
Having houses disagree could lead to inaction
It is confusing for the public to understand the role of both houses
Correct answer: There is always another body of people to check or scrutinise a law that is being passed

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