Questions for Mr.Smith Goes to Washington?

1. How did he get his job?

2. Saunders explains the process of writing a bill to Mr.Smith. What does she say needs to be included? What does the bill need to explain?

3. What bill did Mr.Smith introduce?

4. How did he introduce his bill ( steps to creating and bringing it to the floor)?

5. Why was his bill in conflict with his fellow Senator?

6. What is graft?

7. How did Mr.Smith keep his expulsion from going to a vote?

8. How did he keep the members in the Senate Chamber during his speech?

2 Answers

  • DeeDee
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    1. "The governor of an unnamed western state, Hubert "Happy" Hopper (Guy Kibbee), has to pick a replacement for recently deceased U.S. Senator Sam Foley. His corrupt political boss, Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold), pressures Hopper to choose his handpicked stooge, while popular committees want a reformer, Henry Hill. The governor's children want him to select Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), the head of the Boy Rangers. Unable to make up his mind between Taylor's stooge and the reformer, Hopper decides to flip a coin. When it lands on edge – and next to a newspaper story on one of Smith's accomplishments – he chooses Smith, calculating that his wholesome image will please the people while his naïveté will make him easy to manipulate."

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    2. Saunders briefly went over the procedure in which a billl is passed:

    1. The bill has to be written with the why, when, where and how and everything else -- which might take all night.

    2. It's dawn, your bill is ready, and you take it over to the Senate and introduce it (at noon). You get to your feet, take a long breath, and start spouting. But don't talk too loud because a couple senators may be sleeping.

    3. A curly-haired page boy takes it to the desk and a long-faced clerk then refers it to the right committee for discussion, i.e., a small group of senators who will discuss the bill before presenting it to 96 senators

    4. Then it goes to the House of Representatives for debate but it is first put on a calendar (the order of business) so it may take days or weeks there before being heard

    5. But the proposed bill could be sent to a Steering Committee (a Committee of the Majority Party) and they will decide if it's important enough to be moved up on the calendar (head of the list)

    6. Then there are more amendments, more changes

    7. Then the bill goes back to the House for even more changes

    8. Then back to the Senate; if the Senate or House doesn't like those changes then it could be stymied (Saunders interlocks her fingers and pulls)

    9. Next is a battle in a conference in which the bill will be discussed even further

    10. If the bill has survived all this diversection, it comes to a vote. "Yes, sir. The big day finally arrives and..."

    11. Congress adjourns!

    Exact wording from the script:

    3. and 5.

    6. Graft is defined as:

    a. the act of taking advantage of one's position, esp. a political position, to gain money, property, etc. dishonestly

    b.anything acquired by such illegal methods, as an illicit profit from government business

    Taylor has politically schemed to enrich his real estate holdings and profits with a scandalously crooked pork barrel bill that would skim real estate funds from the public purse. Under "dummy names," the political machine bought up the canyon surrounding Willet Creek in their state. Senator Paine is in cahoots with Taylor to introduce and pass a bill [the Deficiency Bill] for the construction of a bogus, unneeded dam. The land around the proposed dam would be sold back to the state (at a huge profit for its owners) when it was found to be the site of the new development:

    "We've been quietly buying up all the land around that dam, and holding it in dummy names. If we drop it now or even delay it, it will bring about an investigation. The investigation will show that we're going to sell it to the state under phony names. Now it's my judgment, the smartest thing for us to do is to push this dam through just the way it's going and get it over with."

    7. A filibuster is one way to delay the vote on a bill. In the film, Mr. Smith wants to delay voting on two bills: the bill with the Willet Creek Dam graft in it and the bill finding him unfit to serve as a U.S. Senator.

    Source(s): Search of old Yahoo! Q & A
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    Watch the movie. Its sunday morning. You have time.

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