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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), does the motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn actually adjourn the present meeting?


 

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Using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, what motion would be used to take a matter from a committee that has previously been referred to it?


 

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In Robert's Rules of Order, what is the name of a motion to exclude all nonmembers (except absolutely necessary staff, if any)?


 

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In Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the name of the motion for requesting a short break in the meeting?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the name of the motion that permits any member to call for a rising, uncounted vote when the result of a voice vote or vote vote by show of hands is inconclusive.


 

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In Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), one of the most important steps in handling a motion is the presiding officer repeating the wording of a motion once a motion that is in order has been made and seconded (if a second was required).  What is the name of this step?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what should be stated in the last paragraph of minutes?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), this is a committee that is appointed, as the need arises, to carry out a specified task, at the completion of which the committee automatically ceases to exist.   What is this type of committee called?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  If a motion is coming from a committee, does it need a second?


 

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What is the name given to a deliberative assembly that Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) defines as follows: "[A] meeting of an unorganized group that is announced as open to everyone (or everyone within a specified sector of the population) interested in a particular problem or purpose defined by the meeting's sponsors, and that is called with a view to appropriate action to be decided on and taken by the meeting body"?


 

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The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition)("Sturgis") does not recognize the motion Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn.  If a privileged motion to adjourn is pending under the Standard Code, how can another meeting be established?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) has a motion by which a motion relating to a single subject containing several parts, each of which is capable of standing as a complete proposition, can be separated to be considered and voted on as if they were distinct questions.  What is the name of the motion with this purpose?


 

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Complete the following sentence using Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition): "Except for the corporate charter in an incorporated society, the ____________ (as the single, combination-type instrument is called in this book) comprise the highest body of rules in societies as normally established today."   


 

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You are attending a meeting that closely follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  During debate, a member raises a Point of Order that a rule of debate has been violated.  Upon the member resuming his seat after making the point of order, what should the chair do?  


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), "a member who has spoken twice on a particular question on the same day has ____________ his right to debate that question for that day."


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), should the officers of an assembly be counted in determining whether or not a quorum is present?


 

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The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition) notes that members of an organization may be unaware of related motions previously adopted or may overlook them.  What is the Standard Code's name for the process by which an earlier motion is repealed when a later motion is adopted that conflicts in whole or in part with the motion or motions previously adopted?


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  After being recognized, a member moves "that five delegates be sent to the national convention."  The motion is seconded.  What should you say as presiding officer to "state the question on the motion" prior to debate?


 

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A motion to recess is made at a meeting while no other question is pending.  What type of motion is this and what are its characteristics?  The parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) § 41 (p. 356). 


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), should an officer (such as the treasurer) move the implementation of any recommendations contained in her report during a meeting?


 

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A voice vote is taken at a meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A member questions the outcome of the vote and wishes to have the vote counted.  Can the member demand a counted vote?


 

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A motion is made at a meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Following debate by the maker of the motion, a member raises a Point of Order that the motion was never seconded.  How should the presiding officer rule on the point of order?


 

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You are attending a monthly meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A main motion and an amendment to the main motion are pending.  A member gains the floor and moves "a substitute motion that the matter be referred to committee."  According to the organization's parliamentary authority, is this terminology correct?  Why or why not?


 

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Which of the following motions is in order even while the privileged motion to adjourn is pending, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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A quorum for the regular monthly meeting of an organization following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is 100 members.  Only five members show up at the time and place of the meeting (the weather is REALLY bad).  Can the meeting be called to order?


 

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You are attending the monthly meeting of a civic organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A member introduces a motion to hold a spring picnic the following month at a nearby park.  A member raises a point of order that the motion is out of order in that the motion is identical to a motion presented, discussed, and defeated at the last monthly meeting.  Is the point of order well taken?


 

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A motion is made and seconded to suspend a convention standing rule to permit the introduction of a main motion that would otherwise be out of order.  The delegate who plans to introduce the main motion asks for permission to speak first on the motion to suspend the rules.  The delegate who moved to suspend the rules also asks to speak.  Who should the presiding officer recognize first to speak to the motion to suspend the rules, if your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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You are arranging a national convention.  The bylaws provide that your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  What three reports must be adopted (and in what order) to make the convention official?


 

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You are at a monthly meeting of your organization and a member moves to "dispense with the reading of the minutes."  If adopted, what is the effect of this motion according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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Using Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what motion allows an assembly to avoid a particular main motion altogether without discussion?


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A motion is made at a monthly meeting and heated discussion follows.  A member then rises and points out that the motion was never seconded and is therefore out of order.  Is the Point of Order well taken?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), one type of deliberative assembly is a meeting of an unorganized group which is announced “as open to everyone (or everyone within a specified sector of the population) interested in a particular problem or purpose,” and which is called with a view to appropriate action to be decided on and taken by the meeting body.  What is this type of assembly?


 

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Your convention follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).   In what order should the following committee reports be adopted at the beginning of the convention: Program, Standing Rules, Credentials?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) states that the minimum essential officers for the conduct of business in a deliberative assembly are a ______________ and a __________________.


 

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Which motion is not debatable, but is amendable, and requires a two-thirds vote for adoption?


 

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A motion is pending that will require a two-thirds vote for adoption.  An amendment is then proposed from the floor.  According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what vote is required to adopt the amendment?


 

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You are attending the monthly meeting of an organization that uses Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as its parliamentary authority.  A main motion is made and seconded.  Another member is recognized in debate who says, "This is the dumbest idea I can imagine.   I think we should kill it and move to lay the main motion on the table."  Is the motion to lay on the table in order?  Why or why not?


 

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What should be in the first paragraph of your organization's minutes if Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is the parliamentary authority?


 

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The Chairman of an organization operating under Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) relinquishes the chair in order to speak on a controversial motion.  After further debate, the motion is postponed until next month's meeting.  When the motion comes back on for discussion the following month, should the Chairman preside?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the difference between "stating the question" and "putting the question"?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), under what circumstances can a non-member of a society be removed from a meeting?


 

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The Chairman of a board is having difficulty arranging a time that all members can discuss a matter. As a result, the chair obtains the personal approval of the proposed action by telephone from every member of the board.

According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), is the action proper?  If not, what should be done to make the proposal an official act of the board?


 

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A motion has been debated and amended several times at the monthly meeting of a voluntary association.  A member then rises and states: "I make a friendly amendment that the motion be amended to add 'and Assistant Treasurer' after the word 'Treasurer.'  This should clear up the confusion about the motion, and I am certain there will be no opposition from the maker of the original motion."  The maker of the motion immediately stands and states, "I accept the friendly amendment."

The parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition). Is the proposed amendment adopted?