There is a document titled “What Will Be Tested” giving page and often line numbers of the rules to be tested for each of the 8 quizzes (parts) of Step One. The Commission strongly recommends that the candidate carefully study all of the rules for a Part before starting the quiz for that Part online.

To help the candidate know what to expect on these tests, the Commission has written the following Practice Quizzes. Each consists of five questions based on the rules that will be tested for a Part (the actual online quizzes are composed of 40 questions for Parts 1-7 and 25 for Part 8). The practice questions are not identical to those on the actual quizzes, but they are similar in form.

Remember that you are expected to be familiar with all the content in chapters 1-11 of RONR In Brief (RONRIB)  in addition to the rules identified in “What Will Be Tested” for each Part.

Example Questions for Part One

  1. The Friends of the College Library is currently under great financial difficulty. The secretary reports that she has received a letter asking the Friends to increase their donation to the scholarship fund. The treasurer immediately moves, “That the Friends not give the money to the scholarship fund at this time.”Is this a proper motion?
    1. No, because only the secretary can make motions since it was her report.
    2. Yes, so that the position of the Friends is very clear to anyone reading the minutes.
    3. No, because not doing anything will accomplish the same thing.
    4. Yes, because the Friends may be able to do this at another time when the organization has more money.
  2. During the regular meeting of the Travel Club, the main motion that is pending was amended fifteen times to change the dates, location, airlines, and hotels for the next trip. The members are very confused about what is being decided now. Hilda Cornish has been listening to the debate, and she has a totally new idea that she believes the assembly will like. Which of the following would be something she could correctly do to present her idea as an alternative to the assembly?
    1. She could move to Postpone Indefinitely and explain that if it is adopted, she will propose an alternative motion. If the motion to Postpone Indefinitely is adopted, the chair should immediately recognize Cornish to make her motion.
    2. She could ask the original maker of the main motion to accept her friendly amendment to change the original. If he agrees, then the main motion will be amended accordingly.
    3. She could move to lay the pending main motion on the Table. If the tabling motion is adopted, she could then make her alternative motion.
    4. She could raise a Point of Order that the situation is too confusing. If the chair declares that the Point is well taken, she can then propose her main motion.
  3. During the Alphabet Club meeting, Jose Ramirez notices that the motion he proposed to have an event will never be adopted because he hadn’t thought about some things they are objecting to. He still thinks it is a good idea. What could he do to rewrite the motion at this time?
    1. He can speak against it, explaining why it is a bad idea.
    2. He can Object to Consideration of the motion.
    3. He can request permission to modify his motion.
    4. His only option is to vote against it himself, and then when it is defeated he can renew it with different language.
  4. What is true of incidental main motions that is not true of incidental motions?
    1. Incidental main motions can be made only when no other motion is pending, while incidental motions can deal with a question of procedure arising out of a pending motion.
    2. Nothing; they are different names for the same type of motion.
    3. Incidental main motions cannot be amended, while incidental motions can.
    4. Incidental main motions are a special kind of privileged motions, while incidental motions are not.
  5. The main motion was just postponed to the next regular meeting. When that occurred, the following motions were also pending: an Amendment, a motion to Refer to the membership committee, and a motion to Postpone Indefinitely. What motions will be considered at the next meeting?
    1. Only the Main motion. The assembly will start over again on secondary motions.
    2. The Main motion, the motion to Postpone Indefinitely, the motion to Refer, and the Amendment.
    3. Only the motion to Postpone Indefinitely will be dropped. The others will be considered.
    4. All of the motions will be dropped except the motion to Amend.

Answer Key Part 1 Example Questions

  1. The correct answer is c. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 104, ll. 32-35.
  2. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 116, ll. 1-15.
  3. The correct answer is c. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 114, ll.29-35.
  4. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 62, ll. 18-28; p. 69, ll. 6-35; p. 101, ll. 5-20.
  5. The correct answer is b. See RONR (11thed.) p. 103, ll. 4-6.


Example Questions for Part Two:

  1. At the Gamma Sorority annual meeting, the pending main motion is “hold an essay contest for the local elementary school students.” Joanne Cain moves to amend by adding “with a prize of $100 for the winner.” This is seconded. Which of the following secondary amendments are in order at this time?
    1. A motion to “strike out $100 and insert $50.”
    2. A motion to “insert Stevenson after the word local.”
    3. A motion to “add to begin in September and end in December.”
    4. A motion to “strike out essay.”
  2. The Community College Board of Trustees is considering a motion to add a new degree program titled Associate in Applied Science in Computer Security. It has just adopted an amendment to the motion that says that to obtain the degree “12 credits must be earned in the Humanities or Social Sciences.” Vernon Mills moves to amend by striking out “Humanities.” It is seconded. Which of the following should the chair say now?
    1. “It is moved and seconded to amend by striking out ‘Humanities.” Is there any debate?
    2. “This motion is out of order since the assembly has already voted to include “Humanities.”
    3. “It is moved and seconded that we amend our decision to include Humanities.” Is there any debate?”
    4. “The Main Motion now includes ‘Humanities or Social Sciences.’ Does the maker of the amendment wish to move that the main motion be Postponed Indefinitely?”
  3. A motion to send the pending main motion that “our club hold a membership drive” to the social committee is immediately pending. Which of the following may NOT be debated at this time?
    1. Whether the social committee is the proper committee to send it to.
    2. The motion to Commit is not debatable. There needs to be an immediate vote.
    3. Whether a special committee should be formed since this is such a large assignment.
    4. The merits of holding such a drive at all.
  4. At the local political caucus, a main motion is pending that “The caucus support the new tax bill.” A member rises and moves “to Amend by inserting ‘NOT’ before the word ‘support.’ What should the chair say now?
    1. “Is there a second to this amendment?”
    2. “Is there debate on this amendment?”
    3. “This amendment is out of order since this caucus has a history of deciding whether we support such bills.”
    4. “This amendment is out of order since the membership can simply vote ‘no’ on the original motion to accomplish the same thing.”
  5. The Zeta Society is considering a very controversial motion. The following motions are also pending: A motion to Postpone Indefinitely, a primary Amendment; and a motion to Commit. If the motion to Commit is adopted, what motions will go to the committee?
    1. All of them adhere and will go to the committee.
    2. Only the Main motion. Then the committee will make recommendations on its own.
    3. Only the motion to Postpone Indefinitely and the Main Motion will go to the committee.
    4. All of the pending motions EXCEPT the motion to Postpone Indefinitely.

Answer Key Part 2 Example Questions

  1. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 136, ll. 9-12.
  2. The correct answer is b. See RONRIB (2nd ed) p. 51.
  3. The correct answer is d. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 170, ll. 26-29.
  4. The correct answer is d. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 138, ll. 13-23.
  5. The correct answer is d. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 177, ll. 2-5.

Example Questions Part Three

  1. At the last meeting of the Wine Lovers Association, Livia Homes gave notice that she would move to Amend Something Previously Adopted to change the date of the annual wine tasting. At this month’s meeting, who is permitted to make this motion?
    1. Any member can make the motion.
    2. Only Homes can make the motion since she gave the notice.
    3. Homes has preference in making the motion, but the member who seconded it can also make it at this time if Homes has changed her mind about offering the amendment.
    4. Only the secretary can make the motion after she reads the minutes where the notice is given.
  2. Jeremiah Quincy is very talkative. Members are upset that meetings run on forever because he doesn’t have the sense to know when to stop debating. Alexandra Taquita moves “To suspend the rules and prevent Mr. Quincy from speaking more than three times in any meeting.” Quincy raises a point of order against the motion. How should the chair rule?
    1. The point of order is well taken, because the rules may not be suspended to deny any particular member the right to speak in debate.
    2. The point of order is not well taken, because suspending the rules would require a two-thirds vote, which may overcome the rights of a minority.
    3. The point of order is well taken, because he was not previously warned that he was violating decorum.
    4. The point of order is not well taken, because Quincy has abused his right to speak in debate.
  3. Alexandra Zeeland has raised a point of order since she believes that the current speaker has exceeded his time for debate. The chair rules that the point of order was well taken. Should the secretary record this in the minutes?
    1. Yes. The reasons for a ruling on a point of order should be in the minutes.
    2. No, rulings on points of order are not included in the minutes.
    3. No, it is a procedural matter that is not important enough for the minutes.
    4. Maybe; if there is an Appeal, it would need to be included, but otherwise it is not necessary.
  4. The Chess Club has adopted a special rule of order about how nominations will be made. Chester Diaz moves to Suspend the Rules to allow additional nominations that the rule would not allow. The motion is seconded. When the chair takes the vote, he asks for all in favor to say, “Aye” and then all opposed to say, “No.” The chair then announces that the Ayes have it, and the additional nominations can be made. Which of the following is an error that the chair made?
    1. He should not have taken a voice vote because the motion needed 2/3 to adopt.
    2. He should have taken a ballot vote since it is a suspension of a special rule of order.
    3. A special rule of order cannot be suspended. The chair should have said the motion is out of order.
    4. The chair should have just asked for unanimous consent since it is a good practice to have additional nominations.
  5. Chen Lu is angry about what the current speaker is saying in debate on the controversial main motion that is pending. He believes that the speaker is making personal attacks on him. He rises while the speaker is still speaking and says, “I call the gentleman to order.” What should the chair say next?
    1. The chair should ask Lu what words he objects to.
    2. The chair should explain to Lu that only the chair can call a member to order.
    3. The chair should tell Lu that he is not permitted to interrupt the speaker.
    4. The chair should explain that his Point of Order needs to wait until the speaker is finished speaking or when his time has expired.

Answer Key Part 3 Example Questions

  1. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 307, ll.22-26.
  2. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 264, ll. 6-13.
  3. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 253, ll. 26-27.
  4. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 265, l. 12-24.
  5. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th. ed.) p. 253, ll. 7-20.

 

Example Questions Part Four

  1. The Bicycle Club is deciding on its next race. It appears that everyone agrees it will take place in Greenfield Park where it has been held for the past five years. Which of the following is NOT true about unanimous consent?
    1. We know that everyone agrees with the decision that was made.
    2. The chair can ask for unanimous consent even without a motion.
    3. If a member disagrees, he can raise the objection even after the chair has announced that there is no objection as long as he does it promptly.
    4. It is acceptable in this example because the issue does not appear to be controversial.
  2. The Rose Society is holding its regular meeting. Under its rules, the names of those present are included in the minutes. The secretary has just finished reading the minutes. Indira Shanti says that she was present at the last meeting, but her name was not listed in the minutes. What is the usual way for the chair to make this correction?
    1. The chair must ask Shanti to make a motion to amend the minutes; get a second; and then take a vote on the amendment.
    2. The chair must ask for a voice vote on making this change, but a motion is not needed.
    3. The chair would usually ask for unanimous consent to make the change.
    4. Since this is the official record of the society, the chair needs to take a counted vote on the amendment.
  3. A new organization, The Handel Forum, is writing its initial bylaws. What is the usual method that it should use to determine what the quorum will be at their meetings?
    1. The assembly will look in RONR to see what the standard number is.
    2. The bylaws should say that the quorum is a majority of the fixed membership.
    3. The members decide what they wish to have as the quorum and put that number in their bylaws.
    4. They should not worry about this yet. Once the organization has been meeting for a while, they will have a better idea about how many members they need to make a quorum.
  4. During the Guinea Pig Fanciers meeting, members are debating the rules regarding the breeding of different coat types together. Andy Smith finishes speaking against allowing long and short haired breeding, and ends his speech by moving the Previous Question. Which of the following responses to his motion would be correct?
    1. Mike Carr rises with a Point of Order since time for debate has not expired.
    2. The chair declares that this is a good idea since debate has gone on long enough and too many people are seeking the floor.
    3. The chair asks for a second to the motion on the Previous Question.
    4. The chair says that the Previous Question is out of order since Smith was not recognized for that purpose.
  5. Frances Wright is a very shy person, and she attempted to get the attention of the president in debate without success. The president has just started taking the vote, when Daisy’s friend Harry Quest, interrupted and said, “Point of Order! Ms. Wright has been trying to get your attention to speak.” What should the chair do now?
    1. The chair should disregard the vote that has already been made and give the floor to Wright to speak in debate.
    2. The chair should rule the Point of Order not well taken since the voting has begun.
    3. If the chair has already announced the result of the vote, it is too late to allow Wright to speak, but she can advise her that she may move to Reconsider the vote.
    4. The chair should explain to Wright that she should have been more assertive in seeking the floor since he didn’t notice her.

Answer Key Part 4 Example Questions

  1. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 55, ll. 5-8.
  2. The correct answer is c. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 354, ll. 29-30.
  3. The correct answer is c. See RONRIB (2nd ed.) p. 12.
  4. The correct answer is c. See RONR (11th ed.) p. 386, ll. 25-29).
  5. The correct answer is a. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 387, ll. 8-15.